Fire Sprinkler Antifreeze Explained

Fire sprinkler antifreeze systems are designed to prevent water-based fire suppression systems, such as fire sprinkler systems and standpipes, from freezing in cold weather months. This is especially important in states, such as Colorado, where temperatures drop below freezing in the winter and can render water-based fire suppression systems ineffective.

Without these systems water can freeze inside pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads, which can cause potentially catastrophic consequences for life and property in the event of a fire.

 

How Do Fire Sprinkler Antifreeze Systems Work?

Antifreeze solutions are chemicals that stay in pipes before water is released to the sprinkler system in areas where the temperature may drop below freezing, such as attics. This helps prevent freeze breaks, as well as blockages from frozen water. Going forward, all new systems and most existing systems must be recharged with UL Listed and approved antifreeze chemicals instead of the glycerine/glycol mixtures that have been approved and allowed in the past. Learn more about the update here!

 

How Else Can You Help Keep Fire Sprinklers Safe?

Making sure your fire riser room heating is active helps keep all fire safety systems housed in the room safe during winter. This includes many components of the fire sprinkler system.

Seasonal maintenance and winterization procedures are often performed to prepare the fire antifreezing systems for cold weather. This can include draining water from pipes, checking and replenishing antifreeze solutions, and inspecting heating elements.

By ensuring your antifreeze systems are functional, Integrity Fire helps ensure the safety of your people and your property. Reach out today and get started on your testing & inspection. Because It Matters.