Security & Fire Protection Systems/Dripping Sprinkler head in my home foyer

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Whar immediate steps should I take to get this leaking head repaired? Should I turn-off water to whole house?

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Mr. Parker~

I was just alerted to your letter and I'm sure you probably have this under control already.

Turning off the water is one option, but of course if you haven't already called, please call your fire sprinkler contractor (most have 24 hr emergency service). If the leak seems that bad that you fear significant damage to flooring, etc, you need to be the judge there.

As you may be aware, turning off the water causes two issues; loss of domestic plumbing and a potential for temporary relocation and loss of your automatic fire protection.

But again, if you know it is just one fire sprinkler, the contractor should have a quick fix for you. Some residential fire sprinkler contractors can be found at www.HomeFireSprinkler.org primarily and also at www.NFSA.org.

I hope this helps and feel free to contact me/us with further questions.

Dominick Kasmauskas CFPS

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Can assist ONLY with WATER-Based FIRE Protection Systems, specifically fire sprinklers. Legislative issues, education, home fire sprinklers, where to find resources, and promoting fire sprinklers as "Green". Mostly NFPA 13, 13R, 13D, 14, 20, 24, 25, 101 and model building, residential, and fire codes.

Experience

Fire sprinklers, code enforcement, working with legislation, creating reports, presentations. Familiar with the LEED system. NY Regional Manager of the National Fire Sprinkler Assn. Member of two NFPA committees and the American Water Works Assn - Fire Protection Committee. I have done countless presentations and articles involving the fire sprinkler concept. Presently a memebr of the NY State subcommittee to the Codes Council for dwelling fire sprinklers.

Organizations
NFPA, ICC, AWWA, SFPE, NYSBOC, NY Fire Marshals, Greater NYC FSDA, US Green Building Council.

Publications
NFPA Fire Service Section newsletter, SQ Magazine, NFSA Regional Reports.

Education/Credentials
Former NJ Certified Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Official, and Fire Instructor. Presently an NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist and NY Certified Code Enforcement Official.

Awards and Honors
US Army- GCM, and Honorable Discharge. Fire Service- 2 commendations.

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