The NFPA requires that you have scheduled fire sprinkler inspections in order to keep your building safe. In addition, you should have fire sprinkler inspection every time you:

  • Add a backflow preventer or water meter to your building’s plumbing system
  • Significantly change the occupancy, layout or use of your building
  • Face changes in public water supply, such as a water shortage


Visual inspection from the floor for proper orientation, support and clearance of all sprinkler heads and system piping that are readily viewable and accessible.

  • Main drain tests are performed to verify proper water volume and pressure is available for the sprinkler system. Results are recorded.
  • Lubricate valves.
  • If connected to the building alarm system, alarm and supervisory devices are checked to make sure proper annunciation and notification is indicated.
  • Flow switches are tested by flowing water from the inspectors test connection.
  • Tamper switches are tested by exercising the valve through the full range of motion and verifying that signals are received at the fire alarm control panel.
  • Check fire department connections for proper caps and being unobstructed.
  • Check system gauge calibration date and verify the water pressure is adequate.
  • Check for proper signage on valves.
  • Inspect spare head box for proper inventory of spare sprinkler heads and wrench.
  • Verify that all valves are in the proper position and sealed or supervised.
  • If the system is monitored, verify signals are received at the central monitoring station.