FDNY Sprinkler Inspection

NYC fire sprinkler inspections, testing, and repairs

Whether you're in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens or Staten Island, we can meet all of your fire sprinkler needs. 

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Sprinkler Inspections

Our comprehensive inspections are conducted to ensure your property is safe. Our services also include rigorous quarterly testing and FDNY and insurance violation repair work. We provide easy-to-understand reports and if needed we send estimates that outline recommendations to maintain compliance. Upon your approval, our team of experts quickly bring your system up to code, keeping your property and your people safe.

During the inspection, we check for damages or alterations to your sprinkler system and confirm whether or not it is operating properly and that all components are undamaged. Each month we email you a copy of the inspection, photos of your system, and easy-to-understand proposals detailing how to fix any issues we encounter.

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We follow the latest standards set by NFPA 25 and offer inspection services, routine maintenance, fire extinguisher examinations, fire sprinkler testing and more. View our requirements section below for additional information and inspection timelines.

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What Property Managers Need to Know

Building owners are responsible for the testing and maintenance of the fire alarm system. If there are any changes or additions to the sprinkler system, you need to make sure it grows with those too. Owners are also required to maintain records for all inspections and store them in the same building as the fire sprinkler system. If you do not meet this requirement and are found guilty of violating Fire Code laws, you may be required to appear in front of a judge at a court hearing. Inspections are based on the system installed and should follow the National Fire Alarm Code Standards. The inspector should also hold a Certificate of Fitness of City-Wide Sprinkler Systems.

​Required  monthly, quarterly, and annual sprinkler inspections

Monthly Sprinkler Inspections

1. Inspection of all control valves only equipped with locks and/or supervised tamper switches.

2. Inspection of all gauges (wet, dry, pre-action, deluge systems)

3. Inspection of all alarm valves

4. Inspection of all dry pipe valves and their heated enclosures

5. Inspection of spare sprinkler heads and spare wrench

6. Inspection of fire department connections.

7. Inspection of the backflow device

8. Inspection of the booster pump and jockey pump

Quarterly Tests and Inspections

Quarterly tests and inspections include the monthly visual inspection in addition to:

1. Examination of the control valves to confirm they meet the following requirements:

2. The valves must be in their original position, open or closed.

3. The valves should be correctly secured, protected and monitored

4. The valves should be accessible and reachable with no external leakage

5. Alarm valves including the retard chambers and drains should be leak-free.

6. The valves should show no physical damages

7. The valves are suitably tagged and identified

8. Pressure reducing valves are maintaining the downstream pressure as per design criteria.

9. All wheel handles are in good condition.

Quarterly Gauge Inspections

On an annual basis, you must examine of all the gauges of the sprinkler and confirm they meet the following requirements:

· Wet sprinkler systems:  Confirm that all gauges are in excellent condition and the pressure from the water supply is also sufficient.

· Dry Sprinkler systems:  Confirm that all gauges are in excellent condition and that there is accurate pressure on the supply side of the dry pipe valve as well as on the quick-opening device, where applicable.

· Mechanical water-flow alarm devices must be free from any physical damage and tested through the appropriate test connection with alarms actuating and flow being observed.

· Hydraulic nameplates for calculated systems are securely attached to the riser and legible.

· Fire department connection(s) are visible, accessible, not damaged with plugs, gaskets in place and in good condition with identifying sign(s) in place and lower check valves are not leaking with automatic ball-drips in place.

· Post indicating valves need to be opened/closed accordingly.

· Priming levels and quick opening devices on dry pipe systems are tested accordingly.

· Main drain tests for systems downstream of backflow devices are performed recording both static and residual pressures.

Annual Tests and Annual Sprinkler Inspections

1. Inspection of the hangers, piping and fittings throughout the building where accessible

2. Confirm that the visible sprinkler heads are free of corrosion, free of physical damage, free of obstruction to the spray pattern and free of foreign materials including paint.

3. Confirm that there is adequate sprinkler protection throughout the facility where access is granted. 

4. Operate each sprinkler control valve by closing and then restoring it to the fire ready position.

5. Perform annual dry-pipe trip test for dry systems.

6. Drain and blow out all low-point drumdrips on dry systems.

7. Perform full-flow fire pump test(s) (if pumps exist)

8. Confirm adequate heat is provided, as necessary.

9. Perform an internal obstruction assessment – every 5th year.

10.        Lastly, examine the water flow in the water supply pipes and check if there is any change in its condition.

Annual Flow Tests

If your building falls under the above specs, your must have a Flow Test performed and reported (to the FDNY) annually by a Licensed Plumber or Fire Suppression Contractor. This test ensures that if your system should become activated, there will be adequate water pressure to the uppermost section of the sprinkler system to provide fire protection. The minimum water pressure must be 15 PSI at the test station. Once every five years the FDNY must witness this test. The Fire Department will notify you by mail that you must schedule a test. 

FDNY 5 Year Flow Test

Once every five years the FDNY must witness this test. The Fire Department will notify you by mail that you must schedule a test. Please send us a copy of the notification and we can help you schedule your test with the FDNY.

In order to conduct this test, the building must have an Inspector Test Valve installed on your sprinkler system. This allows the Fire Department to measure the water pressure in the sprinkler system. It must be located on the upper most floor of the building, in a public hallway, directly after the sprinkler head furthest from the building’s entrance. It is identifiable by pressure gauges, a hose valve and a small white sign stating ‘Inspector’s Test Valve’. 

You should also have a small bucket and a hose.