Quick, Easy, Accurate and Independent Antifreeze Testing

Antifreeze in sprinkler systems has become a hot-button issue within the sprinkler industry. Recently several incidents have occurred which raised questions regarding the effectiveness and safety of antifreeze solutions in fire sprinklers, particularly residential systems. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committee Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems recommends the following regarding the testing of antifreeze solutions:

  • The system shall be tested annually.
  • If the type of antifreeze cannot be reliably determined, then the system shall be completely drained and replaced with an acceptable solution.
  • The level of antifreeze in solution shall be limited according to the standard.

Why test your antifreeze sample with Dyne Fire Protection Labs?

  • free antifreeze sampling kit
  • free shipping within the contiguous United States (limited free 1-way shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada, inquire for details)
  • test reports in 5-business days guaranteed
  • 24 hour turn-around available
  • comprehensive reports
  • tank tags
  • online access to results and forms
  • automatic reminder service to make sure you are always current with your testing requirements
  • immediate communication with our chemists or support staff

Antifreeze is typically placed into wet piping sprinkler systems to prevent freezing.  According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 25 5.3.3(1) (a) and 5.3.3(1) (b), "test samples shall be taken at the top of each system and at the bottom of each system as follows:

(a) If the most remote portion of the system is not near the top or the bottom of the system, an additional sample shall be taken at the most remote portion.

(b) If the connection to the water supply piping is not near the top or the bottom of the system, an additional sample shall be taken at the connection to the water supply."

Dyne can help you meet the antifreeze testing requirements as outlined in NFPA 25 Section 5.3.3.  When the antifreeze type is not known, Dyne can help verify if the solution contains propylene glycol or glycerine but contamination, extreme dilution, and mixing of antifreeze types can make accurate determination difficult in some cases.  Samples that cannot reliably be determined to be one of the accepted antifreeze solutions will need to be replaced.

Antifreeze samples that fail are typically caused by one of the following issues:

  • antifreeze solution contains an antifreeze liquid that isn’t allowed by NFPA 25
  • solution is mixed too rich
  • solution is mixed too lean
  • solution is a combination of possible antifreeze liquids

To prevent potential risks, an antifreeze solution that fails should cause the system to be flushed and replaced.

Limit your liability and be sure that your antifreeze solution systems will not freeze by sending them to an independent laboratory for complete testing including a freeze point verification test.

For more information on antifreeze testing see the links below: