Tips on Preventing Frozen Pipes

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This is the time of year when the weather can surprise you.  It can go from unseasonably warm to freezing with the shift of the wind.

When a fire sprinkler pipe freezes, oftentimes, it goes unnoticed until spring when the water melts and a leak erupts.  When the water freezes, it expands, which can cause a crack in the pipe.  When the water melts, the crack will begin to leak and can cause major damage.     

1.  Regularly check for freeze hazards -  Check to make sure all areas with wet-pipe fire sprinklers are insulated.  Also, look for open doors, windows, or any other area that has cold air infiltrating.

2.   Appoint someone to monitor weather - Anytime the weather is below 40 degrees, a pipe can freeze.  Pay careful attention to areas with wet-pipe sprinklers at that time.

3.   Annual inspections - schedule inspections yearly to ensure that the fire sprinkler system is  working properly.  The qualified inspector should check to ensure that all necessary areas are heated.

4.  Proper maintenance - During the annual inspection, if a problem is found, resolve it immediately.   It will just become a bigger issue later.

By following these tips, you can avoid catastrophe if a fire sprinkler pipe burst due to freezing.