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The 5-Year fire sprinkler inspection is an NFPA mandated inspection examining the insides of your fire sprinklers’ piping. The examination must be carried out a minimum of every 5 years.

  • Its Purpose: the purpose of the inspection is to ensure there are no blockages in the piping that would hinder the effectiveness and free flow of water through the piping when needed in the event of a fire.
  • What it Entails: the inspection will first include an initial assessment. The initial assessment will include opening the flushing connection at one of the main ends and removing a sprinkler tower from one end of a branch line.

If sufficient foreign organic or inorganic material is discovered to be obstructing the pipe or sprinklers, then there will be a more comprehensive obstruction investigation.

The obstruction investigation will take place at a minimum of four points in the fire sprinkler system:

  • System valve
  • Riser
  • Cross main
  • Branch line

If obstructions are found, a complete flushing program will be conducted to remove all foreign materials from the piping.

Why is it Important?

Even over a relatively short period of time, build up can occur surprisingly quickly.

When these obstructions develop, they can diminish or even prevent the flow of the life and property saving water through your fire sprinklers in the event of a fire. Keeping your fire sprinkler piping up to code by adhering to the 5-year internal inspection will mean ensuring that your property, your employees and your customers are safe.

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NFPA 80/101/105 requires fire-rated doors to be tested no less than annually, and a written record kept on file for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).


13 Points of a Fire Door Inspection

1. Labels are clearly visible and legible.

2. No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or frame.

3. Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place, if so equipped.

4. The door, frame, hinges, hardware, and noncombustible threshold are secured, aligned, and in working order with no visible signs of damage.

5. No parts are missing or broken.

6. Door clearances at the door edge to the frame, on the pull side of the door, do not exceed clearances listed in 4.8.4 and Bottom Max 3/4″ (19mm) 3/8″ (9.5mm) for 38″ above floor, Wood Top & Sides Max 1/8″ (3/18mm), Steel Top & Sides & ME Pairs 1/16-3/16″ (1.59-4.76mm).

7. The self-closing device is operational, that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the full open position.

8.  If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before active leaf.

9. Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.

10. Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.

11. No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.

12. Gasketing and edge seals, where required, are inspected to verify their presence and integrity.

13. Signage affixed to a door meets the requirements listed in 4.1.4; check area less than 5%, the means of attachment is adhesive not mechanical, is not on glazing, and does not impair door assembly operation.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • NFPA 80 now requires the individual responsible for inspecting fire-rated doors to have knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the door being inspected.
  • Sections and require all fire doors to be inspected and tested (per NFPA 80)

Unless the Authorities Having Jurisdiction develop their own specified criteria, they may want to know how you determined that the designated individual is knowledgeable and understanding on door operations.

It may be based on:

  1. Experience
  2. Training
  3. Education

FireGuard is your qualified and certified One Call One Source for Fire Door Inspections. We will ensure your fire doors are maintained, inspected by a qualified technician, and will work properly to keep you safe. For more information, please call us at 402-592-1999.