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Fire Sprinklers

It’s easy to forget about sprinkler systems. They’re designed and installed in the hope that,  over however many decades they’re in place, they will remain unnoticed and unused.

This doesn’t mean that you can overlook the necessity (or indeed any legal requirements) for regular and thorough maintenance. If a situation arises where you need them, you need to know your sprinklers will work first time.

As recent events have so tragically shown, a well-designed and maintained sprinkler system can mean the difference between inconvenience and catastrophic loss.

Fire won’t give you or your business a second chance, so whether you need to install a completely new system, redesign or refurbish your existing system, or book a full service of your sprinkler network, James Clarke Plumbing and Heating Services Ltd should be your first call.


The future of your fire-suppression system relies on successful installation. The qualified, highly experienced team at James Clarke Plumbing and Heating Services Ltd can assure this in any situation, whether newbuild, upgrade or retrofit.

Every building is different, which is why we never take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Implementing fire protection through the design and build of a sprinkler system requires an integrated solution in which we need to consider the components of a building as a total package. The design of an efficient and reliable fire-suppression system is a precise calculation dependent on many factors.

A fire sprinkler system is made up of a series of pipes and sprinklers, all connected to a water supply. The sprinklers are located throughout the entire ceiling of a building, with their location carefully calculated for each specific hazard area. Sprinklers are individually heat activated and the piping system contains a constant supply of water under pressure. When the sprinkler reaches its operating temperature, a solder link will melt (or a liquid-filled glass bulb will shatter) releasing water directly over the heat source, allowing water to flow and  control or extinguish the fire. Only the individual sprinkler(s) closest to the fire will activate, helping to alleviate potential water damage across the whole building.

We have the knowledge and experience necessary to thoroughly evaluate current fire regulations and codes of practice, enabling us to successfully design and build an effective sprinkler system for you through:

  • Comprehensive appraisal of the building and environment
  • Identification of potential issues
  • Development of an effective fire prevention system

Every system we install is designed to order, expressly for the needs and requirements of our individual clients 


Servicing is a vital requirement for ensuring that your fire suppression system will perform as expected in the event it is called upon to do so.

Currently the British Standard BS9251:2014 (fire sprinklers) and BS8458:2015 (water mist) recommends that a fire system is serviced by a competent person on a regular basis.

We would suggest this should be done no less than once every 12 months.

All our Fire Sprinkler Servicing packages include:-

  • Annual Service visits which can last up to 45 minutes
  • We will perform a visual inspection of all sprinkler heads
  • Check the workings of your ATACS system (if applicable)
  • Conduct a flow test
  • Take a pressure reading of the installation
  • Test the alarm system
  • Test the pump (if applicable)
  • Inspect the condition of the tank (if applicable)
  • Check and test electrical and valve components
  • Update your copy of the Service Record (if present)
  • Certificate of Servicing (if system passes all tests & checks)
  • Full Service Report (with reccommendatrions if system fails)

Remember, depending on the use of the property, there could be a legal requirement for the system to be serviced, tested and certified on an ongoing basis. If you are a landlord, as an example, you must ensure you do this as there could be serious implications - current legislation states that: "Failure to maintain life safety equipment that did not activate could result in criminal proceedings under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 England and Wales or The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006."


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