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The shortage of Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems

The shortage of Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems

The shortage of Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems

Recognizes/requires NICET Level III Inspection & Testing of Water Based Systems

We have a problem.

As of April 3, 209 Georgia had 83 out of the total 482 NICET III certified inspectors living in the state.

Also a recent change adopted in the state that requires all sprinkler systems be inspected quarterly.

I would estimate there are 500,000 sprinkler systems in the state. That's 2 million inspections and 83 inspectors can do the job if they each perform 24,000 inspections per year or 96 per day considering a 250 workday year.

Even with annual inspections there was a severe shortage of qualified inspectors.

Below is the tabulation NICET  certificate holders broken down by level and state for the Inspection & Testing of Water Based Systems.

RE: The shortage of Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems

How many buildings are inspected every year?  We all know it is required, but how many actually are?

I've stumbled upon several that were 5+ years since last inspection.

RE: The shortage of Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems


We've seen some systems over 40 years old that have never been inspected.

Dry systems not trip tested in decades.

But because it hasn't been done in the past is not a reason why it shouldn't be done in the future especially seeing how some systems are going to be approaching 100 years old soon enough.

Georgia is starting rigid enforcement with nursing homes, schools, hospitals and motels.  

The big question is where are we going to get qualified inspectors?


RE: The shortage of Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems

Economics likely will govern the supply side for qualified inspectors.  Code enforcement can always force building owners to have their systems inspected lest they be shut down- driving demand for inspectors up.

Today few are willing to jump into a capricious industry like construction which is where most inspectors find employment with sprinkler contractors.

Enforcement likely will drive demand, driving pay up and attracting new inspectors.   

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