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What Does an Annual Inspection Consist Of?

The National Fire Protection Organization (NFPA) sets specific schedule requirements for different equipment, mainly because not all fire protection equipment require frequent inspection and testing. Some equipment will require quarterly, or even weekly inspection. But there are components of a fire protection system robust enough to not require constant testing. For these components, an annual inspection is considered enough by the NFPA.

Unlike Quarterly Inspections, which sometimes only consist of visual inspection, an Annual Inspection is more thorough, requiring both ocular and physical hands-on testing. The annual inspection will require checking even outside factors that may affect the functionality of a fire protection system. Surveys may even be conducted, and an interview if needed in order to provide accurate data.

WFP can also advise the client or their representatives, because the NFP has specific requirements for equipment that must be tested, and the frequency of testing. Some of the items require more frequent testing, falling outside the scope of an annual testing schedule. The types of equipment that fall into this category will differ, even the same category of equipment may differ simply because of the difference in manufacturer and features. For instance, a simple sprinkler system may require only the less thorough testing from quarterly, but a foam sprinkler will be more complex and would necessitate a more extensive testing procedure such as a five year service.

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Why is Annual Inspection Important?

Fire sprinklers are standard inclusions in any building code requirement, but building owners can sometimes miss the fact that sprinklers are not the kind of equipment that you just “set and forget”. There are various factors that can affect its functionality.

The water supply is one thing. It can degrade over time, or problems with the piping structure can lead to a defective system. A non-functioning sprinkler can have horrible consequences. Lives can be lost, properties can be damaged beyond repair, and the building owner will most definitely be liable.

Annual inspection and testing is important so that facility owners will know if and when a repair or replacement is needed. If a facility owner is worried about expenses when hiring a reputable fire protection inspection provider like WFP, it helps to remember that failure to comply with mandated regular testing will result in more costly citations and fines.

The NFPA 25 is the standard for inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. And this is what WFP uses as a baseline for our preventive inspection, testing, and maintenance activities. Of particular note here is section 13.2.5, which requires a main drain test conducted at specific intervals. WFP is fully qualified and has years of experience conducting these tests. We have become adept at performing the inspections without any disruption to the facility or its occupants.

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Items Subject to Inspection

While different clients might require different approaches, WFP in general will conduct a comprehensive survey that covers all of the property’s fire alarms, kitchen hoods, water-based protection systems, and life safety equipment. Only then can we draft a service agreement that will put into writing the needed inspections for the particular client.

WFP is very flexible, and our service agreements can be custom-tailored to the specific needs of a facility or building owner. For instance, we may provide basic training to a client or their staff if the inspections required fall outside of the frequency of a quarterly inspection. Or if under a special agreement, can perform the inspection ourselves. We also notify the client when it is time for the more thorough five-year inspection.

We Keep Track of Inspections

It may be difficult for facility owners to keep track of inspection schedules and all the specifics of remaining code-compliant. WFP uses state of the art custom software to keep track of inspections. This ensures that we will never lose track and will always be available to notify clients ahead of time to schedule the next inspection.

Annual Inspections Coverage

The NFPA 25 specifically mandates annual visual inspections of portable fire extinguishers, overlapping with monthly inspections. But it also requires conductivity test (carbon dioxide) and a determination of 6 year or hydrotest. The shell and nameplate will also be inspected, as well as the hanger/seismic bracing.

For sprinklers, the pipe and fittings, hangers/seismic bracing, information signs, and sprinklers will be tested as well as the spares. The standpipes will also be covered, as well as the valves, valve components, and trims.

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Let WFP Keep You Code Compliant with Annual Inspections

If you want your building to remain code compliant and avoid citations and fines, contact WFP today and we will have one of our customer support staff address all of your questions and concerns. 

We would love to have you as a client, and we’re ready to develop a schedule and service agreement that meets all of the various requirements based on your facility, resources, and budget.

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We understand that many property owners tend to end up short when it comes to code compliance, because compliance can be a cumbersome and convoluted process. Let us take these burden off your shoulders. It is our job to ensure safety for your property, and do all the dirty work so that you can devote your energies to running your business or enjoying your home. 

We prioritize the needs and safety of our clients, and we have never let a single client down throughout our many years of operations. Call us now! One of our expert technicians and customer support staff will address all of your questions and concerns.

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