NFPA Journal tells why its not a good idea to reinstall sprinklers that have been removed

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 24, 2013

186E9BA0BDBD4E44A7594E8403C08DD1According to the 2013 edition of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, once the sprinkler has been removed, it cannot be reinstalled because it might have become damaged, says Matt Klaus in his column "Since U Been Gone" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. However, the wording of this new  requirement, simply says “when a sprinkler has been removed,”  which has given rise to a number of different interpretations.

"The requirement  generated a considerable amount of debate during the development of the  2013 edition of NFPA 13," says Klaus, "And I’m sure it will get a considerable amount  of attention in the standard-development meetings for the 2016 edition." To see how the technical committee addresses this topic, you can monitor the NFPA 13 document information page at nfpa.org/13.


When the Technical Committee on Sprinkler Systems Installation Criteria  discussed this concept last September,  the discussion focused on situations when only the sprinkler itself was  removed from the system.