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Residential Fire Sprinklers Building Codes. Plan Preparation The sprinkler contractor should be required to submit a set of complete, detailed plans .

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Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Plan Preparation

  • The sprinkler contractor should be required to submit a set of complete, detailed plans.

  • The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes sprinkler installation standards that are recognized nationally as the basis for proper system installation.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • State Laws and Ordinances

Some states have enacted contractor licensing laws that cover the competency requirements for people who prepare sprinkler plans.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Policies and Procedures

It is intended that the Authority Having Jurisdiction will develop policies and procedures addressing the format for plan preparation.

The choice of the specific installation standard should be determined according to the occupancy type, as explained within the scope of each standard.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Plan Review

When sprinkler plans are submitted, it is necessary to review them to ensure that the installation will conform to the applicable standard and will be effective in controlling a fire.

Qualified plan reviewers must review and approve plans before a permit can be issued.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Installation

Several states require fire sprinkler contractors to be licensed to assure competent sprinkler system installation.

Determination of the correctness of system installation can only be performed prior to the application of sheetrock or other wall and ceiling covering. It is essential that pressure testing be conducted prior to the covering of system piping joints.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Inspection, Testing and Approval

Final inspection and testing should be conducted in a structured manner to reduce the chance of overlooking an item.

All discrepancies must be investigated and resolved before approval is given.

A final pressure check should be made to assure that is water tight and leak-free.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Inspection, Testing and Approval

The last step is a flow test to check the alarm (if one is required) verify that the required minimum flow and pressure are available at the proper location in the system. If a remote alarm is part of the system, it must also be checked. Once the tests are completed, a certificate of occupancy can be issued.


Residential fire sprinklers building codes

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Building Codes

  • Maintenance

A long-term commitment must be made to assure proper maintenance of the installed systems if those systems are expected to function as designed.

Re-inspection of single-family homes cannot be required by laws and ordinances; however, re-inspection may be accomplished by tax incentives or insurance credits and a voluntary program can be established through an education program for home owners.


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