Many sprinkler systems in our area (I'm a fire marshal) have aboveground pipe installed by a fire sprinkler installer and the underground installed by an underground pipe contractor. NFPA 24 requires a minimum flow rate from underground pipe in order to remove rock and debris from the underground pipe.
Many of the underground contractors simply open up the pipe and wait until there's consistent clear water and/or stop hearing the rocks ping around. There's no measurements taken for the underground flushing and when I ask for them to verify the flow rate I get blank stares.
Is there a way to tell just by static pressure in the area if opening up the pipe flange is enough flow to satisfy the underground flushing? Or is there a measurement I should be seeing to verify the flow rate?
Thanks in advance.
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