St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
Current temperatures and icy storms should be a reminder to adjust buildings for the winter weather before it’s too late. Readying the fire protection system for the cold months is vital to the safety of a building and its contents.
Fire protection is far from “set it and forget it” technology. Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, Inc. knows that system failures in the winter are often a result of inadequate maintenance. Such lack of care can be catastrophic. It’s possible for sprinkler systems to fail to perform in the event of a fire, especially during the coldest months of the year.
Proper Installation: Installation is one of the most important factors in creating a fire protection system that will not only protect buildings and their contents, but also save owners money. The first step in proper fire sprinkler installation is selecting an adequate system design. Choosing the optimal system and controls is imperative to creating a safe environment that won’t end up costing the business money. Installation should take place by mechanical contractors with experience and knowledge of building and fire safety code requirements.
Preventing Sprinkler Damage: Sprinkler systems can easily be damaged overtime. It is possible for sprinkler systems to discharge when no fire is present or worse yet, fail to perform when there actually is a fire. Such failures in a system may be the result of impact by equipment used during construction or renovation, pipes weakened by corrosion or rust, poorly insulated pipes which freeze, and pipes and sprinkler heads that have been the target of vandalism. Damages must be noted and attended to immediately.
Preventative Maintenance: Gateway Mechanical’s winterization inspections of buildings often reveal glitches in the pipework which could cause freeze ups and other complications. As a result, it is important to maintain a heated environment where the pipes do not freeze, crack, and inadvertently leak. Facilities must be thoroughly checked for cold air leaks, broken pipes, improper sloping of pipelines, and unsuitable air pressure on dry systems. Preventing sprinkler freeze ups is integral to saving money and maintaining the value of the building and its contents. These winterization inspections must be completed before the cold weather puts unavoidable stress on the sprinkler systems.
To get the full white paper on winter fire protection visit http://www.airmasters.com/splash.com or call Lisa Abney at 636.680.2222.
About Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, Inc.:
Gateway Mechanical is a full service team of engineers, project managers, highly skilled workers, and support staff who bring experience, knowledge, and talents to commercial projects. Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, Inc. has the highly qualified technicians and the resources necessary to inspect and service all types of sprinkler systems.
Whole building commissioning is their mentality and includes a wide range of services. Gateway Mechanical takes your project from inception to completion and beyond with pride and sincere passion for customer satisfaction.
For more information visit http://www.gatewaymechanical.com or call Lisa Abney with Gateway Mechanical at 636.680.2222.
Lisa Abney, Commercial Account Representative
Gateway Mechanical Fire Protection, Inc.