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Brigade Fire Protection
Brigade Fire Protection Inc.
The Palm Beaches (561) 333-9243
Treasure Coast (772) 237-9614
Greater Ft. Lauderdale (954) 504-1007

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Do you need a leak repaired? Or a system inspection? Or a few heads moved? We'll gladly provide a free quote or answer any questions you may have concerning fire sprinkler systems. 

In the event of a repair or a tenant improvement, we would need to go through a few steps.

1. First, the building's fire alarm system would need to be placed on "test." The building owner or agent would need to make a call to the alarm monitoring company, and they will ask for an account number and a password. Often it is the policy of a building owner or management company to have insurance certificates made out to them and have a copy of our state license. We will gladly provide these items upon request. Note that, when working on a system, we will make every effort to avoid the alarms going off, yet this is sometimes unavoidable. Some alarm systems are designed so that they cannot be silenced. Building owners may wish to notify the tenants that the work will be performed.

2. We would then need access to the system Control Valve and main drain. Sometimes these items are locked in a room or a tenant space and the valve may also have a chain and a lock. On the day of the scheduled work we would need to coordinate the alarm shutdown and the unlocking of the system valves.

3. After draining the system through the main drain, we'll need to also, likely, drain water from the area of work. Fire sprinkler water is often very dirty. Note that we have cutting edge techniques for capturing this water and avoiding a mess, but in existing conditions (that is, working in existing offices or occupied residences) it can be tedious.

Anatomy of a Fire Sprinkler System

A. The System Control Valve. This valve is to remain "open" at all times and must be monitored by an alarm company (most cases). The valve shown is a Butterfly Valve with a built-in tamper Switch. Sometimes the Control Valve doubles as the valve(s) on the system Backflow Preventer outside the building.
Control Valves must, if accessible by the public, be chained and locked. Sprinkler System Control Valves are required to be "indicating," meaning they display whether they are "open" or "closed."
Control Valves are monitored by a Tamper Switch. Being a mechanical device they will sometimes fail and must be replaced.
Note that in the event of a break in the piping (and serious, sudden water damage) building personnel can close this valve and then open the Main Drain all the way. This hopefully will slow and stop the water pouring out within the building. At this point the system's alarms should be ringing and the Fire Department would be responding to put out a fire. 

B. Main Drain Valve. When servicing a system, we would have to place the alarms on "test," close the Control Valve, and open the Main Drain Valve. Sometimes other auxiliary drains would need to be located and drained. When performing an NFPA 25 Inspection, the Main Drain Valve would be opened to record the system's residual pressure.

C. Hydraulic Placard. When systems are installed, the installer must place a placard which describes the hydraulic characteristics. This is then used to compare with the pressures and flows of the annual inspections.

D. Spare Head Box. Sprinkler systems must have a representative sample of spare heads and appropriate head wrenches. 

E. Pressure Gauge(s). As part of NFPA 25 requirements, pressure gauges must be replaced every 5 years.

F. Flow Switch.
In the event of a fire, this switch sends a signal to the alarm panel which then sends a signal to the alarm monitoring company. The monitoring company then notifies the Fire Department to respond to the fire. Flow Switches should be operating with a 60 second delay, that is, the flow will begin and then must continue for at least 60 seconds before the alarms go off. This is to avoid false alarms from water moving around in the system. If false alarms are a problem this device would likely need replacing because the delay is not working properly.  They are adjustable; however, once the delay moves off of its original setting the device is essentially faulty and should be replaced.


Please contact us for a quote, (561) 333-9243.

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Spare Head Box
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Brigade Fire Protection Inc.
16562 89th PL N.
West Palm Beach FL 33470

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