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Alexander Plumbing

Fire Suppression Water Main Repair

At Alexander Plumbing, we are committed to assisting in maintenance and repair of water lines that support fire suppression systems in O’Fallon IL and our surrounding community.  We understand that a well-maintained fire suppression system is the first line of defense in protecting lives and property in the event of a fire. Our service doesn’t just provide peace of mind; it ensures the safety and security of your commercial building. 

On a recent call, we were called in to make a repair to a water line that provided water to the fire suppression system in a large commercial building.  We came out with our excavation equipment and tools to get down to the root of the problem.  The asphalt parking lot was raised up significantly, and water was pouring out of a crack in the asphalt.  We cut a rectangular section of asphalt and then removed it with the excavator.  Digging down we had to implement the use of a pump to remove water from the area so that we could safely dig out the area to access the water line break.  Once we approached the pipe we had to dig by hand to safely expose the area where the break occurred.  We were able to apply a repair collar and make the repair to the pipe allowing for the fire suppression system to function normally again.

fire suppression system repair

Why use a repair collar to repair the line?

A repair collar, also known as a repair clamp or coupling, is used in plumbing to fix pipes that have been damaged by porosity, cracks, or complete breaks. These collars are designed to encompass the damaged area of the pipe, providing a seal that can stop leaks and restore pressure balance within the system.  They are code compliant, and used regularly in plumbing applications.

Repair collars can be used on various types of pipes, including water, sewer, and gas lines. They are typically made from materials like stainless steel for strength and durability. Some are adjustable, allowing them to accommodate pipes of different diameters.

In hot tub plumbing, PVC collars, unions, and rings are used to connect PVC pipe, pumps, heaters, and other parts together.

Furthermore, encapsulation collars are used for safe and permanent repair of all types of pipes and pipe connections while the pipeline is under pressure.

In all cases, the primary function of a repair collar is to provide a reliable solution for repairing damaged pipes, helping to prevent further damage and potential flooding.

Why is it important to repair a fire suppression system water main quickly?

Fire suppression systems in large commercial buildings are critical for the safety of occupants and property. They work by detecting a fire early and responding quickly to control it, often before firefighters arrive on the scene.

 

Here’s a general overview of how these systems work:

 

  1. Detection: The first step in any fire suppression system is detecting the presence of a fire. This is typically done through smoke detectors, heat sensors, or flame detectors, which are strategically placed throughout the building. These sensors are connected to a central alarm system, which is triggered when the detectors identify signs of a fire within the building.
  2. Alarm Activation: Once a fire is detected, the system triggers an alarm. This usually involves both audible and visible warnings to alert building occupants. In many modern systems, the alarm will also automatically notify local fire departments or a monitoring service.
  3. Suppression Activation: After the alarm is triggered, the suppression system activates. The type of suppression system used can vary depending on the specific needs of the building, but here we will talk about the water based systems specifically.
    • Water-Based Systems: The most common type of system is a sprinkler system, which releases water to cool down and extinguish the fire. These systems have sprinkler heads that respond individually to heat, meaning only the sprinklers near the fire will activate.
  4. Post-Activation Measures: After the fire is controlled or extinguished, the system may need to be reset or refilled, and any damage will need to be repaired. It’s essential to have regular inspections and maintenance to ensure the system is always ready to respond effectively.  In many cases, large commercial operations have a dedicated water line that is delivering water to the fire suppression system specifically.

 

In essence, a fire suppression system in a large commercial building works by detecting fires early, alerting occupants and emergency services, and then actively working to suppress the fire.  If this system were to fail or need fixing, it is considered an emergency type of service due to the nature of hazardous conditions being created by the system being down.

Fire Suppression Water Main Repair

If you notice a large amount of water pooling up in an area near a commercial or residential building, be sure to give Alexander Plumbing a call to come out and make the repair as soon as possible.  Water can do a significant amount of damage if left unchecked, so calling us as soon as possible is going to be the best course of action for making that repair in a timely manner.

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618-227-4320

Testimonials

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Rachel Tokarski
Rachel Tokarski
2024-06-29
We had water in our basement and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. They came out on a Friday afternoon & identified that our water heater was leaking, but then replaced it that day even though it was close to the end of shift. Worked quick, very polite and honest about everything, good prices compared to other people in the area. We are very happy with the service provided!
Ashley
Ashley
2024-06-28
My water heater was busted and I unwisely thought I could play plumber and replace the part myself. I had the part 99% installed but one of the pipes was causing me a major headache, so I decided to let someone else take a crack at it. Literally every plumber I called was scheduling two weeks or more out (and I had already been without hot water for two weeks) but Alexander Plumbing was able to come out same day, which was awesome. They were super friendly and managed to get the headache solved pretty quickly, which I appreciated. The only downside? I was going to make a joke about kissing Cooper for getting it fixed, but as I was setting up the joke by asking if he was married I was met with an immediate, "Yes he is." 😶 Now instead of being the funny customer I'm someone's creepy desperate divorcee story 🤣 I'm dying, y'all. These guys were good sports despite my being an awkward weirdo though, and I appreciate them coming out so quickly and making sure that everything was running before they left. I even got a dope refrigerator magnet out of it. Win! They literally saved me from another cold shower, for which I am eternally grateful. They'll be my go-to plumbers from now on...as soon as I pick my dignity up off my basement floor 🤣🤣🤣
billy collins
billy collins
2024-06-24
I called with a broken/leaky hot water heater and they fixed it same day! They saved the weekend for sure!
J
J
2024-06-24
James did a great job replacing my outside hose spigot . He had no issues crawling under my house to do the necessary work and completed the job with a A+.
Drew dohlke
Drew dohlke
2024-06-22
Very professional and made it super easy to fix my shower. Friendly and clear communicator.

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618-227-4320

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info@aplumbingllc.com

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702 Donna Dr, O'Fallon, IL 62269, United States