MIC Treatment and Maintenance
Are you sure that your Fire Sprinkler system will actually work after one, five or ten or more years? Are you sure it will even work properly right now?
You can’t be sure unless you know your system is free of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion or MIC. Over the last thirty years MIC has been found to be a major contributing force in corrosion of wet, dry and pre-action fire sprinkler systems.
Symptoms of MIC include pinhole leaks, smelly water, black water and tubercles. For many years these symptoms were considered to be "normal" for fire sprinkler systems and simply part of the industry. They are not normal and the condition can be tested for and then treated and controlled through an ongoing maintenance program. Simply replacing leaking pipes does not treat the root cause of the problem and can actually exacerbate the condition. MIC has been found to occur in systems as little as two years old, so having a newer system is no safeguard against MIC.
MIC causes extensive damage within buildings with fire sprinkler systems and has cost companies hundreds of thousands of dollars. Damages can range from relatively minor – carpet, drywall, ceiling tiles and office furniture, to major – computer server rooms, lab space, research & development and manufacturing equipment.
If you are a landlord your tenant may look to you for compensation for the interruption of their business and their loss of inventory or manufacturing capacity. Undetected leaks can lead to mold infestation and its accompanying health risks. Damages and claims like these can contribute to substantial increases in insurance premiums.
If your fire sprinkler system does not function as it was intended it may lead to the worst consequence of all – loss of life. Liability exposure due to an inadequately maintained fire sprinkler system can be unlimited.
Companies have long looked for solutions to their fire sprinkler system corrosion concerns and sought ways to know if they have a problem before extensive damage is caused. MIC Treatment & Maintenance’s mission is to meet that need with a comprehensive plan to test for MIC, treat it when found and provide maintenance programs to prevent further recurrence of MIC in fire sprinkler systems.
Signs of corrosion, both from MIC and other causes are not always readily evident and usually require a thorough inspection of the system by a qualified technician.
If you want to take a proactive approach to maintaining your fire protection system or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then please contact MIC Treatment & Maintenance today.
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