Laws & legislation
The NICET-certified inspector will test fire sprinklers according to local and state fire codes.

National Fire Protection Association codes & standards

National NFPA 25: standard for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems

Table 5.1 – Summary of Sprinkler System Inspection Testing and Maintenance

Item
Activity
Frequency
Reference
Gauges (dry, preaction, and deluge systems
Inspection
Weekly / monthly
5.2.4.2, 5.2,4.3
Control valves
Inspection
Weekly / monthly
Table 12.1.
Alarm devices
Inspection
Quarterly
5.2.6
Gauges (wet pipe systems)
Inspection
Monthly
5.2.4.1
Hydraulic nameplate
Inspection
Quarterly
5.2.7
Buildings
Inspection
Annually (prior to freezing weather)
5.2.5
Hanger / seismic bracing
Inspection
Annually
5.2.3
Pipe and fittings
Inspection
Annually
5.2.2
Sprinklers
Inspection
Annually
5.2.1
Spare sprinklers
Inspection
Annually
5.2.1.3
Fire department connections
Inspection
Quarterly
Table 12.1
Alarm devices
Test
Quarterly / semiannually
5.3.3
Main drain
Test
Annually
Table 12.1
Antifreeze solution
Test
Annually
5.3.4
Gauges
Test
5 years
5.3.2
Sprinklers – extra-high temperature
Test
5 years
5.3.1.1.1.3
Sprinklers – fast response
Test
At 20 years and every 10 years thereafter
5.3.1.1.1.2
Sprinklers
Test
At 50 years and every 10 years thereafter
5.3.1.1.1
Valves (all types)
Maintenance
Annually or as needed
Table 12.1
Obstruction investigation
Maintenance
5 years or as needed
10.2.1,10.2.2
Low point drains (dry pipe system)
Maintenance
Annually prior to freezing and as needed
12.4.4.3.3

Table 8.1 – Summary of Fire Pump Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance

Item
Activity
Frequency
Reference
Pump house, heating, ventilating louvers
Inspection
Weekly
8.2.2(1)
Fire pump system – pump operation
Inspection
Weekly
8.2.2(2)
No-flow condition
Test
Weekly
8.3.1
Flow condition
Test
Annually
8.3.3.1
Hydraulic
Maintenance
Annually
8.5
Mechanical transmission
Maintenance
Annually
8.5
Electrical system
Maintenance
Varies
8.5
Controller, various components
Maintenance
Varies
8.5
Motor
Maintenance
Annually
8.5
Diesel engine system, various components
Maintenance
Varies
8.5

State of Illinois

More details at www.ilga.gov 

(f) Inspections and testing of existing fire sprinkler systems and control equipment must be performed by a licensee or an individual employed or contracted by a licensee. Any individual who performs inspection and testing duties under this subsection (f) must possess proof of (i) certification by a nationally recognized certification organization at an appropriate level, such as NICET Level II in Inspection and Testing of Water Based Systems or the equivalent, by January 1, 2009 or (ii) satisfactory completion of a certified sprinkler fitter apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. State employees who perform inspections and testing on behalf of State institutions and who meet all other requirements of this subsection (f) need not be licensed under this Act or employed by a licensee under this Act in order to perform inspection and testing duties under this subsection (f). The requirements of this subsection (f) do not apply to individuals performing inspections or testing of fire sprinkler systems on behalf of a municipality, a county, a fire protection district, or the Office of the State Fire Marshal. This subsection (f) does not apply to cursory weekly and monthly inspections of gauges and control valves conducted in accordance with the standards of the National Fire Protection Association.

A copy of the inspection report for an inspection performed Pursuant to this subsection (f) must be forwarded by the entity performing the inspection to the local fire department or fire protection district in which the sprinkler system is located.

Backflow Devices

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA)

Each [Backflow] device shall be tested at least annually or more frequently if recommended by the manufacturer. Records submitted to the community public water supply shall be available for inspection by Agency personnel in accordance with IL Rev. Stat. 1983, ch. 111 ½, par. 1004(e)