Fire Sprinklers reduce the impact of fires in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sprinklers were effective in 92 percent of fires large enough to activate them.
This report proves that a functional fire protection system is indeed necessary for your safety – and that’s why home fire sprinkler maintenance and inspection have to be one of your priorities.
However, many homeowners and building managers may be unsure about the cost of these inspections. In this article, we will discuss the cost of residential fire sprinkler system services in Arizona, including the fees for inspection and labor, as well as any necessary repairs or replacements.
Inspections for Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
Residential Fire sprinklers must be inspected and tested annually by a licensed and qualified professional per NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. These inspections are designed to ensure that the system is working correctly and to identify any issues that need to be addressed.
During an inspection, certified fire sprinkler technicians like B&W Fire Security Systems, will examine the system to make sure that all components are in good working order. They will test the sprinkler heads, control valves, and water flow alarms to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
If any issues are identified during the inspection, the technicians will then recommend repairs or replacements as necessary.
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Signs You Need to Call for a Home Fire Sprinkler System Inspection
Regular inspections are crucial to make sure that your fire sprinkler system is operating efficiently and detect any issues before they become problematic. Here are some indicators that might signal you to call for professional fire sprinkler inspection services:
- The sprinkler system is leaking
- The fire alarm devices are rusty
- Trigger functions are not working properly
- Malfunctions resulted in a fire hazard
- You’re unsure of when your system was last inspected
Residential Fire Sprinkler System Inspection Cost Guide
The most reliable way to inspect your residential fire sprinkler systems is to conduct a 5-Year Sprinkler ITM Services. This refers to the inspection, testing, and maintenance services that are required for fire sprinkler systems every five years.
These services ensure that your residential sprinkler system is functioning correctly and in compliance with local fire codes and regulations of the NFPA.
Licensed fire sprinkler testers check the valves of your fire sprinkler system by inspecting the handles and valve body for signs of damage or wear. Testing each valve is necessary also to ensure efficient fire protection.
Expect to pay us about $100 to check your sprinkler valves. If the fire protection contractors noticed that the valves need repairs, it would cost $13.75 to $110 for the repair project.
Additionally, if severe damage has occurred and your valves need to be replaced, an average cost of $69 to $320 is to be expected.
Backflow Preventer Checking
During a fire, the water in the sprinkler system can become contaminated with chemicals, dirt, and other debris.
If the backflow preventer is not functioning properly, contaminated water from the sprinkler system can flow back into the main water supply, potentially contaminating the water supply for the entire building.
For a five-year inspection, a qualified sprinkler contractor may require you to pay $200-$250. If repairs are necessary, it may cost you around $400 – $1,450 depending on the damage. As for the replacement, prepare the amount of $455 – $1,660. This already includes the new backflow preventer unit and labor costs.
Fire Department Connections Checking
Fire Department Connection (FDC) inspection is one of the most important parts of a fire sprinkler inspection. An FDC allows the fire department to supply water to the sprinkler system during a fire emergency.
This part of the inspection takes most of the contractor’s time, making it the most expensive service for the entire inspection. It costs roughly around $400 for the internal inspection.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Home Fire Sprinkler Systems Cost
It is important to take into consideration the factors that can affect the cost of a residential fire sprinklers inspection in Arizona. These include the following:
- Size of your home: The larger your house is, the more time it will take to inspect the entire sprinkler system, which can significantly increase the labor cost of the inspection.
- Age of the system: Older sprinkler systems may require more maintenance and repairs.
- Accessibility: If the sprinkler system is situated in an inaccessible area, such as a crawlspace or attic, the inspection could take longer and result in increased expenses during its process.
- Condition of the system: If the fire sprinkler system has not been maintained regularly, it may require more repairs or replacements, adding to the cost of your inspection project.
Increase Your Life Safety With Residential Sprinklers
Keeping your home sprinklers well maintained and inspected can protect you, your family, and your property against fire damage. Installing fire sprinklers is one of the best things we can do for you at B&W Fire Security Systems. If you want to learn more about the detailed costs of fire sprinkler inspections, give us a call today!