Corrosion of piping systems and especially fire sprinkler systems has become a national concern in recent years. With the use of inferior products, thinner pipe, and public or private water systems that have high amounts of oxygen or chemicals catastrophic failures have occurred; causing untold dollars of damage. Much of these failures are repaired or portions of piping replaced but the true cause is not addressed.
Northwest Fire Systems has created a Comprehensive Corrosion Plan that uses the newest technology and products that combat this problem and helps preserves your system.
IRON - This test confirms the presence of iron in your fire sprinkler system's water. High iron concentrations may indicate piping disintegration.
MIC - This acronym stands for microbiological influenced corrosion. There are tiny microbes and bacteria that can live inside your fire sprinkler system and feed on the piping thereby destroying it. We have testing measures to determine this.
After completing water tests on your system, we will conduct a simple internal pipe exam. The exam will confirm if more issues exist.
The internal pipe exam may reveal further problems caused by corroison to your fire sprinkler system; for example debris obstructions. Corrosion or even the buildings water supply may leave portions of your system's piping and sprinklers clogged with sludge.
If confirmation of piping obstructions is made, the next step is to flush the system and piping with fresh water. We take apart key portions of the system's piping and then link Flushing connections to them. Our Technicians then run fire hose from the connections out to a safe location in order to flush debris from the sprinkler system.
Based upon testing results we recommend the following:
Air Release Device - Most wet systems with high iron counts have too much air (oxygen) trapped in them. The air release automatically vents air out.
Corrosion Monitoring Device - These can be installed on the wet or dry systems and provide you with the ability to accurately monitor the internal condition of your sprinkler system. For more information please call.
Corrosion Inhibitor - This is a solution that is environmentally safe and very effective in adhering to the inside of the piping to preserve it. Each applicator can last up to three years.
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