|FIREWATER SPRINKLER CORROSION has become a major concern in recent years. The causes are a diverse mixture of water chemistry, materials of construction, and microbiological attack. The expense of the damage to property in the area of system leaks plus the potential for sprinkler failure in an actual fire has raised the need for identifying and preventing this phenomenon. In many cases existing systems must be cleaned of foulants before effective treatment can be applied.
Whereas the causes for these failures have been present for many years, the increasing number is the result of a combination of factors, which have occurred in just the past two decades:
|The majority of sprinkler systems in this country are not being treated for firewater sprinkler corrosion, or are even being tested. Most building owners are never aware that a problem exists until a leak occurs. Unfortunately, by that time the options are greatly reduced. When a system has had a leak, inspection will frequently show that the entire piping has seriously deteriorated. Existing corrosion deposits and biological firewater sprinkler MIC must be removed before effective treatment can be applied. This is no easy task. Cleaning can involve considerable money and time, along with shutting down a portion of the facility during the cleaning operation. The owner often has to make the ugly decision of whether to attempt a thorough cleaning or whether to replace the system. Ceilings and walls must often be removed along with other existing piping and wiring to get to the old sprinkler system. Unfortunately, a lot of these systems cannot undergo remediation and have to be replaced.
On the positive side, SurTech Corporation, along with its nationwide distributors, offers a wide range of inspection, testing, and chemical services to whom building owners and sprinkler contractors can turn for help. SurTech is a full-service company, offering the following: