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The Procedure of Changing a Fire Sprinkler Head

Homeowners in San Diego should always consider the best way to keep their property and its members safe. Apart from responsible behavior, this also means taking safety precautions in order to prevent major damage in case of an emergency.

One of the major possible hazards for a household is the danger of fire. If a fire breaks out, it can not only damage valuable property, but also cause a life-threatening situation. One way to be protected is to have a fully operational fire sprinkler system. There are many aspects which need to be taken care of, but a fire sprinkler head is the first line of defense.

Fire sprinkler heads need to be completely functional so in case of a fire there is an appropriate and immediate response. In case some of them break down, they need to be changed as soon as possible. Here’s how to repair fire sprinkler systems in San Diego.

Step 1

The first and foremost step in repairing a sprinkler system and repairing sprinkler valve heads is locating the water valve. This valve is directly linked with the fire sprinkler system and should be turned several times in order to break the flow of water into the system. It can typically be found outside your home, next to the water meter. Other places to look for it if it’s not on the outside include the house interior, especially the basement.

Step 2

The sprinkler system most probably has a cap or a cage on top. Before changing the head and fixing it, the cap needs to be slowly turned and taken off. The gradual unscrewing is important because a lot of pressure could have been built up in the pipes and it needs to be released slowly. A good combination to use in this case is wrench and pliers. Another thing to keep in mind is the possibility of some amount of water coming out, so keep a bowl or bucket at hand.

Step 3

The next thing to do is replace the inside nipple. Before attaching the new one it should be coated with a level of an anaerobic thread sealant. When returning the new nipple in place of the old, it should be tightened just the right amount. Afterwards, the cap or cage which have been taken off should be resealed.

Step 4

Go back to the water valve and turn it back on by rotating in in the opposite direction than in Step 1.

Step 5

Make sure everything is back in its place according to the manufacturer’s manual. Then find the fire sprinkler valve and check its position and seal. If the alarm bell has no obstructions, open the test valve gradually and wait for the inflow of water and sounding of the alarm.

#1 Repair Sprinkler Head San Diego Specialists

If you need to repair your sprinkler head San Diego system and want to leave it to the professionals, Red Truck Fire & Safety Company is your go-to choice. We will take care of any fire sprinkler repairs you need.


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