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Preventing leaks in water-based fire protection systems

Hospital Safety Insider, January 10, 2013

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Corrosion inside fire protection piping that eventually leads to leaks is a problem that most healthcare organizations have dealt with over the years. Whether the sprinkler system is a dry system, such as a pre-action or dry pipe valve, or a typical wet system, the leaks do not seem to discriminate. The type of piping, such as galvanized, black pipe, or even plastic pipe does not seem to matter either. And the age of the system is not always a factor when these pinhole leaks begin to appear.

The source of these leaks can be traced to the level of oxygen in the trapped air inside the pipes and the levels of dissolved oxygen in the water, according to Mark Riffey, SET, vice president of Ryan Fire Protection, Inc., in Nobelsville, Ind. Riffey spoke at the Midwest Healthcare Engineering Conference in Indianapolis in November 2012 and presented a new concept in understanding and preventing leaks in fire protection piping.


This brief was excerpted from the January issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance.

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