Automatic Fire Sprinkler Discharge and How to Handle It
Automatic fire sprinkler systems are widely considered the single most effective tool for protecting your structure, property, and lives from a fire. Having an automatic fire sprinkler system in place is basically the same as having firefighter protection 24/7. Fire sprinkler heads respond individually to a number of things including Heat from a fire, Corrosion, Mechanical Damage, and Sabotage/Vandalism. If you do have a fire in your building you are going to be very grateful for the fire sprinkler system, if it is an accidental discharge it will become somewhat of a burden. To make things easier in the case of an accidental discharge follow these tips below.
1. Shut Off Water Immediately
Shut off the water supply to the fire sprinkler system as soon as you can. The faster you can turn the water off the less potential for major water damage you have. Be aware that it will take a couple of moments to stop, the water has to clear the lines first.
2. Mitigate Future Damage
You will want to clear as much as possible from the affected area to mitigate further damage. Move furniture, valuables, and equipment to a safe dry area to limit exposure and further damage.
3. Call Your Insurance Company
You will want to call your insurance agent as soon as you can to find out what steps to take next and the claims process. Also, so they can send someone to assess the situation and damage. Their assessment will determine who is responsible for the damage.
4. Call SERVPRO of Utah County
Call a restoration company that specializes in water damage like SERVPRO of Utah County to help mitigate and restore the area. SERVPRO is a much better choice than DIY because we are trained in disaster cleanup and ready to help when you need us.