Residential Fire Sprinkler Servicing in the UK: Everything You Need to Know

Here at Fire Control Services, we’re the experts in all things fire systems, whether it’s extinguishers, risers, hydrants, or anything else. But today we’re here to give you all the details on residential fire sprinklers.

These residential fire sprinklers are commonly fitted to high rise apartment buildings, although they are becoming more common in all kinds of residential properties. They offer real peace of mind against fires, as they can quickly and effectively extinguish fires on your property – as well as reducing the amount of damage that a fire can cause.

So, if you have this type of fire suppression system on your premises, this article is for you. We’ve collected up all the details on the maintenance and servicing that these systems will need, so you know what you need to expect to keep the system in tip-top shape and meet your legal obligations.

How often do residential fire sprinklers need to be serviced?

Residential and domestic fire sprinklers need to be serviced at least every 12 months. This is a legal requirement, so you do need to ensure that you get these systems serviced if they’re in your premises and it’s your responsibility to do so. The legal requirement is set out by the British Standard BS9251:2014 which covers the regulations for all types of fire sprinkler systems.

Not only is it a legal requirement to have your fire sprinkler system serviced, it’s also an essential part of making sure your system will perform effectively when it’s needed. These systems do need regular checks to ensure everything is in working order. So, to keep people safe and ensure you comply with the law – get your residential fire sprinklers serviced every 12 months.

Servicing and maintenance example checklist

So, now you know when your fire sprinkler system needs to be serviced, as well as why it’s so important, it’s time to dig into what’s actually covered as part of the regular service.

These essential tasks are vital to ensuring the sprinkler system will continue to operate effectively in the event of a fire, as well as that the automatic triggering mechanism is functioning appropriately.

The checks carried out involve:

  • Checking all sprinkler heads to ensure there’s no damage or obstruction, and that they are able to effectively cover the required areas
  • Making sure there are no leaks or corrosion affecting any part of the system
  • Checking all system pressures
  • Conducting flow tests to ensure the water supply and pump/tanks are operating effectively
  • Checking the alarm system to ensure the system is properly activated
  • Checking all system valves.

If any of these checks show that the system isn’t performing as designed, then your engineers will be able to take steps to rectify the issue and repair the fire sprinkler system.

Who is a “competent person”?

In order to meet the legal requirements for servicing fire sprinkler systems, the service needs to be carried out by a competent person. This means someone who has fulfilled the training requirements set out in the British Standard. If you don’t choose a competent person with the right training, you won’t be meeting the legal requirement – even if you do get the system serviced. So, it’s vital to work with the right company.

Here at Fire Control Services, we offer in-house residential and domestic fire sprinkler system servicing. Our friendly team of experienced, trained professionals have the right qualifications so you can be confident you’ll meet the legal requirements for your premises.

We’ll carry out the work with minimal disruption, ensuring that the sprinkler system is performing optimally and will protect your building in the event of a fire.

Plus, as we service all kinds of fire safety systems such as risers or hydrants, we can also service these at the same time, saving you money and simplifying meeting your fire safety requirements.

If you need help with residential or domestic fire sprinkler servicing, just speak to Fire Control Services today.

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