Tips to Avoid Sprinkler Freeze Ups This Winter
While most people think of the pipes in their house freezing during the winter, it is just as important to consider the pipes at your business. If your business has an automatic sprinkler system, the interior pipes are very susceptible to freezing during the winter. Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your sprinkler system does not freeze during the winter season.
- Inspect all of the structural components of your building for any problem areas. Any problems, such as cracked walls or broken windows should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent drafts from entering the building.
- All areas of the building that have sprinkler system pipes should always be kept above 40 degrees to help prevent freezing.
- Concealed areas, such as attics and areas that are above your ceiling where sprinkler piping has been installed should have adequate heating systems.
- Even though dry pipe systems are less susceptible to freeze ups during the winter, they should also be protected with a winterizing program.
- All fire pumps should be kept in a heated room and tested periodically. Intake screens should be kept clear of ice and suction, and suction lines that are buried outside should be kept below the frost level.
- Gravity tanks should be periodically tested for overflows and leaks. Leaking or overflowing water that freezes can cause serious damage to the tank.
- Fire hydrants and valves should be kept clear of any ice or snow to prevent freezing. Make sure to check all fire hydrants for drainage.
Having the right business insurance policy is the best way to ensure that you are protected from any unfortunate situation. Contact the insurance professionals at DG&M Agency in Rochester, New York for all of your commercial insurance needs and to ensure that you have the right amount of coverage this winter.