Cintas Detroit Fire Protection Offers Tips to Prepare Your Sprinkler System for Winter

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Follow these simple instructions to prevent water damage, expensive repair costs, and inadequate fire protection as the weather gets colder.

“With cold Michigan winters comes increased risk of freezing pipes in fire protection sprinkler systems. When water freezes, it expands and pushes against the walls of the pipe with more than enough force to cause a rupture. If the pipes burst, severe water damage could occur -- this compromises the integrity of the fire protection system and the safety of the facility.” –Justin Rand, General Manager of Cintas Fire Protection’s Detroit location.

Follow Justin’s simple instructions to prevent water damage, expensive repair costs, and inadequate fire protection as the weather gets colder.

Get your system inspected – Automatic sprinkler components are required to be inspected annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly, in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 25. More frequent testing may be required depending on your local authority having jurisdiction. If your wet sprinkler system contains an antifreeze solution, samples should be tested at multiple points throughout the freezing season to verify that the solution has not weakened. Dry systems should be fully drained, have any accumulated moisture blown out and then dried completely. Not only will an inspection by a qualified fire protection provider uncover any physical deficiencies with your system, it will also keep you in compliance with all applicable codes so you don’t get fined.

Keep cold air out – Be on the lookout for areas in your building that could let cold air in and increase your risk of freezing pipes. Broken windows, thin insulation, cracked walls and exposed roof areas are a few examples. Be sure to keep windows and doors closed when not in use for entering and exiting your building. Areas with sprinkler piping should be above 40 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. Cintas Fire Protection technicians complete building inspections for facilities with sprinkler systems prior to freezing weather, but conditions may change, so it is important to remain vigilant.

If something does go wrong, contact a repair specialist – It is important to act fast if a problem occurs with your sprinkler system to prevent major damage to your facility. Cintas certified repair specialists are standing by 24-7 to respond to emergencies in the Detroit area within 48 hours – much faster than the industry average.

Click here to learn more about Cintas Fire Protection in the Detroit area.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types, primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a NASDAQ-100 company and component of the S&P 500 Index.

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