Water Damage Caused by Fire Sprinkler Systems in Fort Worth, Texas
When our crews arrive on-site at a water damage job, they establish the source of the water as part of formulating a custom drying plan for your home or business. A cause of water damage that we have seen frequently is water from the overhead fire sprinklers. If there is a fire and the sprinklers turn on, that is a good thing because the fire damage is minimized, and the wet mess can be cleaned up and dried out. But other times, the water damage is unexpected. This can occur in many ways, such as:
- A burst pipe in the fire suppression system or leading to it, due to freezing or worn-out fittings.
- An error during installation or routine maintenance.
- Damage to the pipes or sprinkler heads from another source, such as during remodeling or from children playing.
Building codes require fire suppression systems to be installed in many commercial buildings and multi-family housing such as apartments. Fire sprinklers can deliver up to 10-20 gallons per minute, so water damage can be considerable by the time the source is turned off. A properly designed and maintained sprinkler system will contain the fire and potentially save lives. If your apartment, condo, townhome, or business is damaged by accidental discharge of the fire sprinklers, call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth at (817) 232-3333. A trained crew will be dispatched right away to your home or business, ready to start mitigating the damage.