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What To Do if the Fire Sprinklers Accidentally Goes Off

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler going off Fire sprinkler systems can be effective ways of putting out a fire and saving your building in Fort Myers, FL, from destruction

Fire sprinkler systems can be effective ways of putting out a fire and saving your building in Fort Myers, FL, from destruction. However, they do result in some flooding, which is an especially large problem when they go off accidentally.

Here Are Some Steps To Take If This Happens In Your Building

1. Shut Off the Water

To prevent the fire sprinklers from flooding your entire building, quickly go shut off the water main or the main valve for the sprinkler system. Once you do that, you can find and turn off the individual sprinkler system valve so that you can turn the water back on to the rest of the building. You might be required by your fire marshall to evacuate the building or increase fire precautions until you get the system fixed and turned back on, so make sure you talk to your fire department about that.

2. Call Your Insurance Company

The next step is to call your insurance company and explain what happened. They may want to send someone out to look at the damage and talk with you about your options.

3. Call a Remediation Company
Even if you get the water cleaned up from the sprinkler activation, chances are your walls, ceiling and floor will still be damp, making your building a breeding ground for hidden mold. Avoid this by calling a professional water damage remediation company to thoroughly clean and repair everything in the flooded area.

4. Prevent Further Damage
If you had furniture or supplies in the flooded areas and your insurance company says it's okay, go ahead and move those out of the water so that you can begin to dry them off. This will prevent them from being damaged further and will make it easier to clean up the rest of the space.

Water flooding from your building's ceiling when there isn't fire isn't ideal, to say the least. If this does happen to your building, though, make sure you follow these steps so that you can get the damage repaired as quickly as possible.

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