Sprinkler System Monitoring – A New Mandate.
A new revision to building regulations for fire sprinkler monitoring is due shortly – here is what you’ll need to know.
There is currently no legal requirement for a sprinkler system to be monitored, but a revision to the regulations will mean mandatory monitoring for larger systems – which we have already been offering clients.
MD Paul Hummerston said: “A very concerning development within the residential sprinkler industry is the number of in-line valves that are discovered to be turned off when attending service calls.
“If the in-line vales are switched off, water can’t flow to activate the system and it will fail.
“The change to regulations to introduce monitoring is very welcome.”
Monitoring will now become mandatory under the BS9251 regs, affecting certain multiple installations, such as flats and apartment blocks.
Except for Category 1 systems, all valves which control the flow of water to the system should be electronically monitored for the open position.
An immediate alert is received the moment the valve is shut.
RAD has partnered with FloWatch, who provide monitoring equipment that their installations can have fitted, to send an alert in the event of a system compromise.
Statistics show that in around 8% of cases, a sprinkler system may not work because of:
- The isolation valve being switched off accidentally
- A blockage
- Faulty parts
- Lack of servicing
Monitoring could potentially reduce this figure; we doffer it for all new installations and can also add it to installed ones too.
Get in touch to find out more or book a short demonstration with us – we can show you how the technology works.