Fire Protection Group Inc. Answers March’s ‘Question of the Month’: Can Pipe Corrosion Lead to Increased Fire Danger?

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Fire Protection Group Inc. has selected this question as the firm’s March ‘Question of the Month’ in response to recent questions about maintaining a fire sprinkler system.

George Saadian, explains that, when it comes to maintaining fire sprinkler systems, corrosion is not only unsightly, but left uncontrolled, can become a major liability and, yes, a safety hazard

They note that Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is a contributing factor in corrosion of wet, dry and pre-action fire sprinkler systems, and it has only increased in recent years, costing the industry millions of dollars annually.

While many residential, businesses, and industrial sites enjoy the protection that fire sprinkler systems offer, these systems need to be properly maintained, Los Angeles based Fire Protection Inc. notes. In response to a question about whether pipe corrosion can lead to increased fire damage, the agency’s general manager and lead engineer, George Saadian, explains that, when it comes to maintaining fire sprinkler systems, corrosion is not only unsightly, but left uncontrolled, can become a major liability and, yes, a safety hazard. For larger buildings especially, the effects of pipe corrosion can be incredibly costly; unscheduled fire system shutdowns, high repair and replacement costs, imposed fines, and increased risk of injury are all extremely serious, yet preventable, issues if pipe corrosion is dealt with swiftly and effectively.

Fire Protection Group Inc. explains that the symptoms of pipe corrosion, such as pinhole leaks, smelly or blackened water, and tubercles (mounds on pipe walls) have long been considered to be typical and relatively minor issues in pipes, but this is quickly changing. They note that Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is a contributing factor in corrosion of wet, dry and pre-action fire sprinkler systems, and it has only increased in recent years, costing the industry millions of dollars annually.

The firm explains that its comprehensive corrosion management program provides for the maintenance of safe and reliable systems through inspection, assessment, mitigation, and communication. It places a special emphasis on external and internal corrosion damage, which experts say are the most prevalent threats to a fire system. Fire Protection Group Inc. explains that they offer simple, noninvasive methods with which to test clients’ fire sprinkler systems for corrosion and to identify long-lasting solutions. Mr. Saadian adds that property owners and businesses can do no better than to “protect [their] property, people, and assets with Fire Protection Group Inc.’s corrosion management program before a catastrophic system failure occurs.”

Fire Protection Group Inc. notes that fire sprinkler systems work most effectively when they are free of corrosion, enabling them to protect property and lives from any possible fire damage. With a combined 200 years of experience in the field of fire safety, the team at Fire Protection Group Inc. is fully equipped to design, install, and maintain the vital fire safety systems that building and business owners rely on.

Mr. Saadian and the rest of the Fire Protection Group Inc. team conclude by adding that they are committed to spreading the message of fire safety and corrosion prevention. For more information about how residential property owners or businesses can take steps to protect their property from the outbreak of a fire, call Fire Protection Group Inc. today at (888) 251-3488 or visit their web site online at http://www.FireSprinkler.com.

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