Fire Sprinkler System Installation Basic Requirements

December 22, 2022

Whether you’re making renovations to an existing property or starting a new construction project in New York City, it’s illegal to conduct a DIY installation of a fire sprinkler system. Rather, you must use a qualified business or contractor to meet basic requirements and safety regulations. Read on to learn more about these fire suppression system standards.

Backflow Prevention

All fire suppression systems must feature a backflow prevention device. Backflow is when water flows backward inside the piping. This is potentially very hazardous, as contaminants and toxins can leech into public water supplies, harming residents and the surrounding environment. Plus, backsiphonage and backpressure backflow are both expensive problems to fix! As such, any fire sprinkler system installation must include a backflow preventer, typically a reduced-pressure zone assembly.

Water Pressure Requirements

During normal operation, fire sprinkler systems require about 50-200 pounds per square inch of water pressure to function properly. In the installation, your contractors must ensure the system can withstand these higher amounts of water pressure. Household fire suppression fixtures typically handle significantly lower amounts of stress. A hydrostatic test is necessary to determine your fire sprinkler system’s water pressure settings and capabilities.

Inspections, Inspections, Inspections

Throughout the design, construction, and installation of your fire sprinkler system, expect many inspections from contractors, city officials, and building officials. This is because New York City features some of the strictest fire codes in the entire United States, with various occupancy types boasting unique standards and regulations. Furthermore, inspections will continue for the remainder of its lifespan, whether monthly or annually. The best way to ensure you pass these inspections with flying colors is by using a quality fire sprinkler company in NYC—like Harris Water Main and Sewers!

By understanding the basic requirements of fire sprinkler system installation, you can ensure the best protection of your building from fires and other hazards. Contact our friendly team at Harris Water Main and Sewer Contractors today for additional information and assistance installing plumbing systems.

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