How to Clean Fire Sprinklers

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How to Clean Fire Sprinklers
Dirty fire sprinklers don't work as well as clean sprinklers (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Ceiling-mounted fire sprinklers are usually triggered when a smoke alarm goes off. The sprinklers prevent fires from getting out of hand too quickly; this provides individuals inside a burning building time to escape. Cleaning the sprinkler heads every few months keeps them free of clogs and blockages. Eliminating dust, dirt and mineral deposits from the sprinkler heads ensures that water flows freely.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Step ladder or ladder
  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Sandwich bags
  • White vinegar

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  1. 1

    Place a soft-brush attachment onto the hose of a hand-held or standard vacuum cleaner.

  2. 2

    Turn the vacuum cleaner on. Turn it to a "low" setting.

  3. 3

    Collect dust and debris on and around the fire sprinkler with the vacuum cleaner. Do not bump or damage the sprinkler head during this procedure.

  4. 4

    Pour white vinegar into a plastic sandwich-bag. Open the bag fully; wrap it around the sprinkler head and saturate the device. Use a rubber band, hair tie or similar item to secure the bag around the sprinkler head.

  5. 5

    Leave the bag over the sprinkler head for 30 to 60 minutes. Wipe the sprinkler dry with a soft cloth.

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