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Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance: Ensuring Reliability and Performance

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance: Ensuring Reliability and Performance

Fire sprinkler system maintenance is crucial to the performance and reliability of the system and the safety of people in the building in the event of a fire.


Regular maintenance of your residential fire sprinkler system is important for complying with fire safety codes and making sure your systems are up to date and identifying potential problems with your fire system before it’s too late. Here is a list of ways to make sure your fire sprinkler systems are performing reliably.


Regular Inspections


Before anything, you should regularly inspect your fire sprinkler systems even if there are no noticeable problems. Not all problems can be noticed with the naked eye, and your sprinklers should, hopefully, not be active regularly, which makes it harder to measure the problems with your sprinkler system.


Both visual and functional tests should be put into practice to make sure that your system is working effectively and safely. These tests should be taken by a qualified technician at least once a year. Functional testing is carried out by means of an equivalence test which means that rather than triggering the system, the available mains flow and pressure is measured and compared with the system design requirement.

Visual tests may include looking at different components of your fire sprinkler system, such as the sprinkler heads, flow switches, pipes and pumps. The qualified technician should be able to recognise any issues with these components if there are any.


It is also a smart idea to perform smaller-scale tests and inspections regularly throughout the year by yourself, on top of the annual inspections made by the qualified technician. This may include testing its alarm safety to ensure people are made aware of the danger in the potential result of a fire.


Regular Cleaning

  • It is essential to check all cover plates to ensure that they haven’t been painted over and in particular to check that the small air gap between the plate and the ceiling has not been sealed up with caulk by a decorator!
  • A flow and pressure test must be carried out at the system test point and the readings should be compared with the system requirement.
  • The flow alarm must be fully operational.


These steps are crucial to the safety of those in the building and can help you track the performance of your fire sprinkler system.


Record Test Results


It is always important to keep a log of the results from all of your maintenance tests on your fire sprinkler system. This applies to both your personal tests and tests done by a professional technician. 


This is important as it allows you to track its progress and help make future improvements when it comes to the fire safety of your building, to comply with code BS9251. 


Keeping a log of these results is not just for tracking this progress, but can also be used as proof of safety when it comes to local safety authorities.




In conclusion, your fire sprinkler system should have regular maintenance tests to ensure the safety of those in the building. Smaller-scale tests should be taken multiple times a year by yourself to make sure things are working correctly, and at least once a year by a qualified technician. It is always important to track the performance of your fire sprinkler system and make sure the sprinkler heads are regularly cleaned to avoid any risk of your system not working in the event of a fire.


RAD Fire Sprinklers


At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we install all of our home fire sprinkler systems in line with BS9251. For twenty years, the team at RAD Fire Sprinklers has installed fire and water sprinklers in residential buildings. Fill out this form if you’d like more details about our sprinkler systems. Alternatively, call us at 01892 680 090. Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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