Test & Inspect Service Guide

Below are the most common services we provide as well as a brief description of what you can expect with each service.
For any questions on services not mentioned here, please contact our inspections department.

Fire Alarm Annual Inspection – This inspection is comprised of a full range of testing automatic and manual fire alarm devices included in your building.  This service provides a complete and comprehensive survey of the functionality of your system.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • This inspection REQUIRES sounding of the horns/strobes. Complete visual inspection of these devices as required by fire code.
      • Typically commercial buildings prefer this service done before tenants arrive in the morning.
      • Residential properties prefer this service later in the day as to avoid disturbing as few residents as possible while they are at work.
    • Full access to the building is usually needed to inspect all devices.  This can be done with an escort or master keys provided by management.
    • If your building contains any elevators with recall ability, we will test this to verify functionality.  This is usually done early in the morning to avoid tenant disruption.  During this test elevators can not be used.  In most cases this test takes less than 5 minutes of actual elevator down time.
Fire Alarm Semi Annual Inspection – This inspection includes a partial range of testing automatic and manual fire alarm devices included in your building.  Includes verifying flow switch and tamper signals as well as power supply battery testing.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • This inspection DOES NOT REQUIRE sounding of the horns/strobes.  Less access is needed to complete.  This inspection can generally be completed any time of day as we do not create visual/audio disturbance.
    • A much less intrusive inspection that typically involves very little disturbance to tenants if any. Requires access to flow and tamper devices and power supplies (usually in electric rooms) only.
Fire Sprinkler Annual Inspection – This inspection a visual inspection of all accessible sprinkler heads, valves, piping and hangars throughout your property.  We also gather main drain results when doing this inspection.  This can help to identify any potential life safety issues from minor to major and get them addressed before a problem arises.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • As with the Fire Alarm Annual Inspection, we typically need access to all available sprinkled areas to inspect heads.  This inspection is usually paired with the Fire Alarm Annual as access needs are virtually the same.
Backflow Preventor Annual Inspection – This inspection verifies the installed backflow preventor is functioning as intended.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • During this test water will be interrupted briefly as required by the testing method. This is very short and most times not noticed by tenants.
    • For your information you can call your water purveyor and request a list of backflow preventors they are tracking at your property to get a better idea of what is onsite.
    • Irrigation backflow preventors are commonly locked by a protective cage to prevent damage and theft.  Please verify with your staff or irrigation company that we have access to these devices prior to visit to prevent multiple trips.
    • In the event that a domestic backflow preventor fails, the device will need to be repaired within 14 days per the water purveyor.
Portable Fire Extinguisher Annual Inspection – This inspection is a visual inspection of all components of a fire extinguisher unit. We look for previous service dates, gauge pressure, condition of body/damage, obstructions, and weight. We verify if the unit is in need of service.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • Access to any space containing a fire extinguisher makes this inspection a bit more intrusive depending on the location of your extinguishers.
    • The most common fire extinguishers need to have maintenance performed every six years.  This alternates between a 6 year and a hydro inspection.
    • Specialized extinguishers (i.e. Kitchen, Halon, Halotron) need service every 5 years and it is always a hydro test that is performed.
    • When we determine if a unit is in need of service, we will write on the previous years tag on the device what service is needed.  We do not replace tags if the unit is due for service.
Sprinkler Dry Valve Annual Inspection – This inspection involves activating all dry valves that may be included in your sprinkler system to check functionality.  These valves are mainly used for areas where sprinkler heads are susceptible to freezing (i.e. Parking garages, attics, etc..)  Dry valves require a partial trip every year as well as a full trip every 3 years.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • There is usually very little tenant disturbance as these are mainly in parking garages, loading docks, or attics.
    • It is always good practice to “blow down” the drum drips in these locations periodically after a test to purge any remaining water and prevent freeze damage. This can be done by engineers onsite, or a service can be setup through Integrity Fire.
    • Full trips require a more extensive inspection where we fill the system(s) with water.  Occasionally this will reveal various issues in the pipe system and help to verify system integrity.  There is much more water involved with this inspection.
Sprinkler Fire Pump Annual Inspection – In most cases buildings with 6 floors or more will have a fire pump.  This inspection involves running your fire pump to verify functionality and integrity.  We hook up fire hoses outside your building to your FDC connections and flow water at various stages of controlled pressure to measure performance.  Other inspections include the monitoring and taking readings from your fire pump controller, gauges, and fire pump overall functionality.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • This inspection discharges a large volume of water outside your building.  We setup the equipment near drains or downhill slopes to help with containment.
    • Dependent on where your FDC connections are located this test is typically run in the early morning to avoid as much disruption to traffic and pedestrians as possible.
    • This inspection usually lasts no more than 10 to 15 minutes of actual water flow.  Less than 5 minutes in most cases.
    • Due to the large volume of water discharged, these inspections are highly suggested to be done in any months where there is no possibility of freezing.
Sprinkler Freeze Protection Chemical Annual Inspection – This inspection involves taking samples of your antifreeze chemicals contained in any system you have that is susceptible to freezing. Chemicals will either be Glycol or Glycerin based. Regular annual testing of the mixture ensures that you will not end up with a costly freeze break on the coldest days of the year.  This inspection is generally non disruptive or invasive to tenants.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • Glycol based chemical needs to be within the range of 32%-40%
    • Glycerine based chemical needs to be within the range of 42%-50%
    • If your system is lower than the range it will be succeptible to freezing.  If it is above the range this creates a potential flammable chemical due to high concentration.
    • If the mixture is found to be out of range, we will need to drain the system of all chemical, dispose, and replace with all new premixed chemical.  Per fire code we are not able to “add” or “dilute” any existing chemical in the system.
Kitchen Hood Annual/Semi Annual Inspection – This inspection involves testing overall functionality of any kitchen suppression equipment you may have onsite.  We test all required functions in the event of a kitchen fire.  This includes verification that gas tanks/cylinders are up to date, manual release functionality, gas and electric shunt operation, linkage condition and date, nozzle placement and required components for proper application, and portable extinguisher requirements.
  • Important notes to keep in mind for this inspection:
    • General maintenance will greatly reduce the risk of serious fire damage.  This includes keeping equipment free from grease buildup, maintaining proper airflow with exhaust vents, and keeping all suppression nozzles free from obstruction.
    • This inspection is best scheduled when the kitchen is not in use. Cooking equipment must be cool and not in use prior to the inspection.
    • Coordinating with the head chef and relaying down times to Integrity Fire will help facilitate a quick and non intrusive inspection.

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