Inspections

All fire sprinkler systems are required to be inspected. Some specialized systems are required to be inspected more frequently, on a weekly or monthly basis, to meet code. GC Fire Sprinkler can ensure that your fire sprinkler system not only meets, but exceeds all required codes set forth in NFPA 25, CSFM Title 19 and any local jurisdictions.

Quarterly Inspections

Quarterly inspections ensure that you are meeting the minimum standard set for in NFPA 25 and Title 19. They also can help prevent small problems that develop from turning into big expensive repairs. Most importantly, quarterly inspections are the best way to make sure your property is protected by a properly functioning fire sprinkler system.

During a quarterly inspection, GC Fire Sprinkler technicians will conduct these tests and tasks on the components of your system:

  • Visually inspect for proper orientation, support, and clearance of all sprinkler heads and system piping that are readily viewable and accessible from the floor.
  • Visually inspect all fire sprinkler heads, hangers and earthquake bracing.
  • Visually inspect all pipes and fittings to ensure they are free of corrosion and damage.
  • Inspect for any damage or blockage that could prevent the system from operating normally.
  • Perform main drain tests and record results to verify proper water volume and pressure is available for the sprinkler system.
  • Work and lubricate all control valves.
  • Check alarm and supervisory devices to make sure proper annunciation and notification is indicated, if connected to the building alarm system.
  • Test flow switches by flowing water from the inspectors test connection.
  • Test tamper switches by exercising the valve through the full range of motion and verifying that signals are received at the fire alarm control panel.
  • Check fire department connections for proper caps and being unobstructed.
  • Check system gauge calibration date and verify the water pressure is adequate.
  • Check for proper signage on valves.
  • Inspect spare head box for proper inventory of spare sprinkler heads and wrench.
  • Verify that all valves are in the proper position and sealed or supervised.
  • Verify signals are received at the central monitoring station, if the system is monitored.
  • **Additional inspection procedures could be required depending on system type.

Annual Inspections

Some insurance companies required their clients to provide annual inspections on their fire sprinkler systems. Others offer rate discounts for completing this. Either way, GC Fire Sprinkler can perform this inspection and provide the property owner with the necessary report.

Our annual inspections meet NFPA 25 and Title 19 guidelines and the tests conducts on the components of the systems are:

  • Visually inspect for proper orientation, support, and clearance of all sprinkler heads and system piping that are readily viewable and accessible from the floor.
  • Visually inspect all fire sprinkler heads, hangers and earthquake bracing.
  • Visually inspect all pipes and fittings to ensure they are free of corrosion and damage.
  • Inspect for any damage or blockage that could prevent the system from operating normally.
  • Perform main drain tests and record results to verify proper water volume and pressure is available for the sprinkler system.
  • Work and lubricate all control valves.
  • Check alarm and supervisory devices to make sure proper annunciation and notification is indicated, if connected to the building alarm system.
  • Test flow switches by flowing water from the inspectors test connection.
  • Test tamper switches by exercising the valve through the full range of motion and verifying that signals are received at the fire alarm control panel.
  • Check fire department connections for proper caps and being unobstructed.
  • Check system gauge calibration date and verify the water pressure is adequate.
  • Check for proper signage on valves.
  • Inspect spare head box for proper inventory of spare sprinkler heads and wrench.
  • Verify that all valves are in the proper position and sealed or supervised.
  • Verify signals are received at the central monitoring station, if the system is monitored.
  • **Additional inspection procedures could be required depending on system type.

Upon completion of the quarterly or annual inspection, GC Fire Sprinkler will send a report only to property owner. These reports can be beneficial to insurance underwriters and help get improved rates on your fire insurance. GC Fire Sprinkler also recommends that property owners create a red “Fire Book” that houses all reports and keeps it handy in the event the Fire Department checks in to say hello.

We provide the option for property owners to set up an inspection plan. This allows you, as a owner, to rest assured that your property is always up to code, but more importantly, properly protected from fires. Call GC Fire Sprinkler today at (714) 998-9982.