Posted on: 3 October 2016
If your home has a central fire sprinkler system, it's important to keep those sprinkler heads clean. A dirty sprinkler head can actually become caked with dust that can interfere with the thermal element's operation. When it's covered in dust and dirt, that debris acts as an insulator. This can keep the heat of a fire from ever reaching the element and activating the sprinkler. If you're not familiar with the cleaning and care required for sprinkler heads, here's a look at what you need to know.
Routine Sprinkler Head Cleaning
A couple of times a year, you should make a point to clean the sprinkler heads in your home. If you live in a particularly dusty area, you may want to do it every few months. You need to clean them carefully though, because if you touch the sprinkler head, you risk inadvertently setting it off.
One of the best hands-free methods of cleaning your home's fire sprinklers is using compressed air. Just make sure you hold the can back away from the sprinkler a bit so you don't risk getting any moisture on the thermal unit. You can use the same type of compressed air that you'd use for your computer or keyboard.
If you want to avoid the risk of chilling or dampening the thermal unit with compressed air, you can also vacuum the sprinkler head. The catch is that it needs to be a touch-free vacuum approach. Look for an attachment for your vacuum hose that's cup-shaped. The cup will sit over your sprinkler head and the suction from the vacuum cleaner will draw the dust and debris away.
Dealing With Caked-On Dirt
If your sprinkler heads are too dirty, you won't be able to get them fully clean using these methods. If this happens, that means that the thermal unit is at risk of malfunction. Don't put your home and your family's safety at risk by leaving sprinkler heads like these in place. The best thing you can do with a sprinkler head that is too dirty to clean is to replace it. Your local sprinkler service company can take care of the replacement for you if you prefer.
In addition to cleaning, you'll want to have your home's sprinkler system inspected and maintained on a regular basis. At least once a year, you can have the pressure in the system checked to be sure that it is working as intended.Share