What’s the Cost of Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing?

One way to start breaking down the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing is by type of commercial facility and size. These different types of buildings include small low-rise, large 5-story, and large campus facility. Once you establish a base price, you can analyze several circumstances that will increase the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing. These conditions include additional fire suppression systems, building accessibility, and the environment for flowing and draining water.

Type of Commercial Facility

What’s the Cost of Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing in a Small Low-Rise Building?

The average small commercial low-rise facility has a very basic fire sprinkler inspection. A typical 52,000 Sq. Ft. building has 1 fire sprinkler riser and 1-3 tampers that require inspection and testing. The total cost of a fire sprinkler inspection is $1,500-$2,000 annually in a 52,000 Sq. Ft. commercial building. Fire sprinkler system inspection and testing is extremely affordable in this small facility. Protecting your commercial property from a fire comes down to a few cents a day. While a fire can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

What’s the Cost of Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing in a Large 5-Story 200,000 Sq. Ft. Commercial Building?

A 5-story 200,000 Sq. Ft. building is equipped with a riser, control valve, and water flow switch on each floor. This facility also has one parking garage, fire pump, dry pipe, and wet pipe fire sprinkler system. The fire sprinkler system, devices, and components all require three quarterlies and annual inspection and testing. The annual inspection requires technicians to visually inspect the fire sprinkler heads throughout the building. Since this service takes longer than the quarterly fire sprinkler inspection and testing, it also makes it the most expensive. Additionally, the fire pump requires three quarterlies and annual inspection and testing too. The average cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing in a 5-story 200,000 Sq. Ft. commercial building is $3,000-$3,500 a year.

How Much Does Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing Cost in a Large Campus Facility?

Large campus facilities contain a combination of low and high-rise buildings. It’s important to understand the types of buildings on the campus because multiple story buildings will increase the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing. In this example, the large campus facility consists of 3 multiple story buildings, 2 low-rise facilities, and has 3 fire pumps. A campus with a total of 600,000 Sq. Ft. fire sprinkler inspection and testing costs between $11,500-$13,000.

Circumstances that Increase Pricing 

Additional Fire Suppression Systems

Many large facilities have a pre-action system that protects their server room. Since these systems are connected to the fire alarm system they require additional technicians for pre-action system testing. On average, one server room protected by a pre-action system will increase the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing by $600-$1,000 a year. If the fire alarm and pre-action system are tested by different companies, the cost will increase even more because two companies require payments for service.

Building Accessibility

Buildings with locked areas that technicians can’t easily access increases labor time. Likewise, facilities with restricted areas that require an escort increase the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing. If certain parts of the building are only accessible during off-hours, companies may charge a higher labor rate to test during these times.

Environment for Flowing and Draining Water

Technicians need a place to put the water that they drain or flow from the fire sprinkler system. The easiest way to dispose of the water is into a drain or direct it to another area through a hose. Unfortunately, some facilities don’t always have an easy way to drain or flow water. This requires technicians to fill barrels with water. Ultimately, this creates a major increase in the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing. It takes a team a lot longer to test fire sprinkler systems when they must constantly stop and empty water from barrels.

There are several key factors to evaluate when estimating the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing in your facility. Comparing your facility to these three typical building should give you a general idea of what fire sprinkler inspection and testing might cost in your facility. But, also understand there are unique circumstances such as pre-action systems, building accessibility, and the environment for flowing and draining water that can immensely affect the price. If you need an estimate on the cost of fire sprinkler inspection and testing, please contact Kinetix today.

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