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Question DetailsAsked on 12/15/2014

How much does it cost to inspect house fire prevention sprinklers

When I search for sprinklers on Angie's list I'm only finding lawn sprinkler companies. I have fire sprinklers throughout my new house and want to make sure they are working. I don't want to find out they are not in an emergency when I may need them. I also want a discount from my insurance company and need to give them an inspection certificate that the sprinklers are working.

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Not an Angies List category - you need a Fire Protection contractor - basically a commercial category because so few homes have sprinklers, though starting to come under code requirements in some areas. Google your town name combined with - residential fire protection - or - residential fire sprinklers to find vendors, then cross-check the names you come up with on AL for any reviews.


PS - with a residential system, almost certainly not going to be a "be sure they are working" test, rather an inspection and, depending on type of system, maybe an activation valve test - because almost all residential systems are "dry" systems - not pressurized till the fire detector goes off, because for some odd reason people do not seem to like accidental sprinkler activation in their house.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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Sorry - forgot the part about cost. Typically $75-125 should cover it, assuming all is well and nothing needs replacing - usually there is nothing wrong as long as the valve is not leaking and building up corrosion.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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BTW - sure you are aware of this, but sprinklers are not fire-prevention devices - they are fire-suppression devices, acting only AFTER a fire is going, and almost always (unless linked to a central control board with fire alarms and smoke detectors, which is VERY rare on a house) activate only by the heat of the fire - so they limit its spread and may (emphasis MAY) put it out, but are NOT fire prevention devices, nor fire detectors or alarms - so be sure you are covered in that category too.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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