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​Ahern’s experts possess a wide range of knowledge that extends beyond system design, build, and maintenance. Our blog features a number of technical articles written by Ahern employees that range in topics from industry trends, maintenance tools and tips, to service information, and more.

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What’s Going On with Antifreeze in Fire Protection Systems?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
By Randy Conrad, Milwaukee Service Sales Manager Having been in the sprinkler fire protection industry for almost 40 years now, I have seen many changes as products and installation methods change and improve. One of the biggest changes in our industry would be the use of antifreeze but let’s step...

Plumbing Maintenance Tips Before Winter

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
The onset of a hard freeze can really put your plumbing systems' integrity to the test. Instead of leaving your plumbing system to chance, using these plumbing preventative tips can help ensure you’ll get through the winter without having to make a frantic call to an emergency plumbing contractor...

Celebrate National Water Quality Month

Friday, August 06, 2021
Did you know August is National Water Quality Month? Whether your drinking from a water bottle, swimming, taking a shower or watering your plants, water plays a vital role in our lives. The history of National Water Quality Month can be dated back to the early 1970s. The Clean Water Act, passed in...

Types of Standpipe Systems

Thursday, July 22, 2021
NFPA 14 identifies three classes of standpipe systems: Class I systems are designed for use by fire departments with 2½” hose connections. Class II systems are designed for use by trained personnel or fire departments with 1½” hose connections. Class III systems are designed for use by trained...

Standpipe Systems – What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The requirements for standpipe systems are contained in the adopted building code and the installation requirements are contained within the referenced edition of NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems. There is often disagreement between the responsible design...

AHJ’s: Who has the final say?

Monday, July 12, 2021
When a client needs to install new life safety systems or modify their existing systems, it is important to understand who, besides the client, has input on the system requirements. Everyone can avoid challenges late in their project by addressing all concerned parties early. In contracting...

Four Safety Apps Worth Sharing and Worth Using

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Smartphones and tablets are a part of everyday life - both personal and work-related. Safety-focused mobile apps can enhance employee protection by providing instant access to information that could reduce or eliminate a number of hazards we face on the jobsite. Below are a few worth sharing and...
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Extended-Interval Inspection and Testing Requirements

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Did you know that NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2011 edition) includes inspection and testing requirements beyond the more common monthly, quarterly and annual procedures? These extended-interval inspection and testing...
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Two Industry Leaders Partner in Fire Alarms

Monday, May 24, 2021
Ahern is a NOTIFIER Premier Distributor for the state of Wisconsin. NOTIFIER® by Honeywell has been in a leadership position in the fire alarm industry for over 60 years and is the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems. The Premier program is only offered to NOTIFIER distributors...

How to Ensure Your Air Conditioner is Ready for Summer

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Schedule a Check-Up It’s important to make sure that your air conditioner will be up to the task when you need to crank it up to full blast on those sweltering summer days. Schedule an annual tune-up for your air conditioner and have a professional perform preventative maintenance, check the...

Dry Sprinkler Systems: Is It Time to Update?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Dry sprinkler systems are specifically designed to work in areas that are susceptible to freezing (under 40° F). An air or nitrogen compressor maintains pressure in the system until a head activates, causing the system pressure to drop and activate the valve to flow water and suppress/extinguish a...

Storage Sprinklers, is One Size Fit All?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Common to warehouse applications, ESFR sprinklers offer comprehensive fire protection among various applications, making them an ideal choice for storage scenarios. How big of a deal are they? NFPA 13 has a subsection on ESFR sprinklers in 7 of 27 chapters. Early suppression fast response...

Fire Sprinkler Requirement to Resume in Multi-Family Dwellings

Monday, March 01, 2021
Beginning April 19, 2021, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) will resume enforcing a code provision that requires fire sprinkler systems in certain multi-family dwellings. Any building plans submitted to the department (or municipalities with delegated authority to review...
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Polar Vortex and Heating Systems

Monday, February 22, 2021
Building owners and occupants often ask two questions during, and immediately following polar vortex weather events: Why can't my heating equipment keep my building up to temperature when it is extremely cold outside? Can we install bigger equipment to make things work better when it's cold? These...

Ensure Safe Water Quality in Plumbing Fixtures

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Our products and services can assist with building readiness while enhancing the performance of your critical systems. The EPA recommends that building owners and managers take a proactive approach to minimize water stagnation and to maintain building water quality prior to reopening.

Differences in Laboratory Design Criteria Between NFPA and FM Global

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
written by Fire Protection Designer Alex Bielewicz The design requirements of a sprinkler system can become complicated when the recommendations of FM Global need to be considered in addition to the typical requirements of NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems . Sometimes...

Owner’s Information Certificate

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Every fire protection sprinkler system is unique and is designed to fit the specific occupancy to be protected. When a new sprinkler system is being installed or if there is a change in occupancy or building use, an owner’s information certificate will be asked to be completed. What is an Owner’s...

Is Your Fire Sprinkler System Ready For Winter

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Winterizing your fire sprinkler system is critical to keeping it operating effectively. Cold weather will be here before you know it and we want to remind you of some Building Owner requirements of NFPA-25 , 2011 edition for Dry-Pipe and Antifreeze Fire Sprinkler Systems: Draining of all low point...

The Importance of Staying Connected in the Design World

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Welcome to 2020 and staying connected. What does staying connected mean to you? In 2020, we have experienced new levels in daily communication through Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Teams, and Webex to name a few. Receiving countless and ever-changing news from local and national media, State Governors,...

Code Changes to 2016 NFPA 13

Friday, July 10, 2020
On March 31, 2020, the State of Minnesota updated several fire and building code standards. This included adoption of the 2016 version of NFPA 13 which has several changes that could impact your upcoming projects. Here is a summary of changes that could impact the design and overall cost of the...

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