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What to do When Fire Sprinklers Malfunction

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Active fire sprinkler Sometimes excessive heat or frozen pipes can cause fire sprinklers to activate during the wrong time

What to do When Fire Sprinklers Malfunction

It's great to have fire sprinklers installed in your business should they ever become necessary. Unfortunately, sometimes excessive heat or frozen pipes can cause fire sprinklers to activate during the wrong time. This can cause flooding as well as thousands of dollars in water damage.
It is rare for these systems to accidentally go off, but if your fire sprinkler system does go off, there are steps you need to take to ensure you're protected with the least amount of damage.

1. Evacuate the Building
Make sure all employees and customers leave the building in a calm and orderly fashion to avoid injury. Electronic devices and outlets make your building an extremely dangerous environment when flooding water is present.

2. Turn Off the Water Source
The first thing you'll need to do is turn off the water supply coming into your building. The shut off valve will usually be located in the basement or along an outside wall. Knowing where the shut off valve is located ahead of time will allow you to act fast while saving your property and expensive equipment.

3. Leave the Sprinkler System Intact
Your insurance company is going to want to investigate the cause of the accidental activation. It's important not to damage the sprinkler system or mess with any of its components so the cause can be located and corrected.

4. Call a Restoration Company
Once the insurance company has been notified, call a restoration company so they can assess and mitigate the damage and take the best steps to get your business back to operational in as short of time as possible.
Any flooding disaster can be a stressful time for you as a business owner. Taking the right steps to protect people should be your biggest concern, as any property can be replaced. Your insurance company and the restoration company will be your partners in getting you back on track.

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