Corrosion is best defined as the natural process by which materials are gradually destroyed by chemical reaction with its environment.
Very definitely. Corrosion happens all around us, all the time. The negative effects of corrosion can be costly. One study estimated the annual negative impact of corrosion in the United States alone to be close to $300 billion per year—over 3% of the U.S. gross domestic product.
Corrosion is inevitable when only three basic elements are brought together. These elements are:
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In several very important ways:
Removal of just one of the three elements of the corrosion triangle will almost completely stop this process, and lengthen the lifespan of your system. Let’s take a look:
The answer is all around you. The air we breathe is actually 78% nitrogen—a substance with no ability to cause corrosion. If we use nitrogen to replace the oxygen inside the pipe, corrosion will practically be stopped in its tracks.
Of course, we must efficiently and effectively extract this nitrogen from the air. That’s where UNITED Fire Systems NITROGEN-PAC technology comes in. Our nitrogen generating systems use ordinary air as the raw material to create 98% nitrogen under pressure—when the regular pressurized air is purged and replaced with the output from a NITROGEN-PAC, continued corrosion is a thing of the past.
The bottom line for you is extending the lifetime of your preaction or dry-pipe sprinkler system piping from perhaps 5 years to around 35 years! That’s obviously a significant deferring of that troublesome and costly system overhaul or replacement that was mentioned earlier.
UNITED Fire Systems is ready to help you make the decision to deploy the best technology.
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Your dry-pipe or preaction system piping may look brand new on the outside, but what about inside? Residual water and oxygen in the pressurized air could be rusting the interior of that pipe right now. This rust can weaken the pipe, cause pinholes to form, and even clog up the sprinkler heads in the event of a fire. NFPA 25 – Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems mandates internal inspection of sprinkler pipes at least every 5 years. Are your pipes rusty? Have them internally inspected by a qualified fire protection contractor before it’s too late.