Residential Standpipes & Fire Sprinklers in New York City

We’re Experts in Residential Fire ProtectionA kitchen, a sprinkler, and a standpipe.

An important thing to keep in mind, while expensive, standpipe and sprinkler systems are a remarkably effective way to save lives. According to the US Fire Association “statistics demonstrate that there has never been any multiple loss of life in a building with a full sprinkler system,” considering over 1.6 million fires occurred last year. When a modern fire suppression system is absent or in poor working condition, things turn tragic very fast, as illustrated in the 2008 fire that killed dozens of animals in a Bronx pet store, the Deutsche Bank Building fire near Ground Zero and the tragic blaze at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island.

A fire sprinkler system proves its worth every time a life is saved. At Maxwell Plumb, our engineers and master plumbers will design and install a residential fire sprinkler system created specifically for your home. The system we design for your home will be hydrostatically tested at 200 psi for a duration of 2 hours. Leaving very little chance the sprinkler head will leak or go off unexpectedly.

If there is a fire, only the sprinkler heads over the fire will activate as sprinkler heads are heat activated and the temperature has to reach 135 degrees. If smoke is present, but no heat, the sprinkler will not activate. Automatic fire sprinkler systems use less water than the fire department would use and sprinklers respond immediately . . . saving precious valuables that may be destroyed waiting for the fire department to arrive.

All systems Maxwell installs have sprinkler heads designed to blend in with your ceiling, making them virtually invisible. We also provide annual maintenance, inspections and water flow tests to make sure your system is perfect working condition.

If your home has an existing fire sprinkler system, Maxwell Plumb can service, repair, replace, and upgrade any brand of system you may have. We can also perform all required annual maintenance and inspections to make sure your system is operating correctly and providing you and your family with the peace of mind knowing your fire sprinkler system is protecting you and your valuables 24/7.

A Commitment to Excellence

A plumber fixing pipes
  • Commercial & Residential

    The Maxwell Plumb team is prepared to meet a range of residential & commercial needs. 

  • Proactive Solutions

    We believe in the value of proactive rather than reactive work to keep you protected! 

  • 30+ Years of Experience

    We bring decades of experience to New York City homes & businesses.


A standpipe is like a fire hydrant for an individual building. It often entails an extensive parallel plumbing system that comes into use only in case of a fire. In New York City, standpipes are fed by the city water system and include a central pipe (painted red) that typically rises up through a building’s internal stairwell. Often this central pipe will have valves on different floors for firefighter hose hookups. At times water pressure is an issue, so the street fixture provides a way for the fire department to connect a pump truck.

At Maxwell Plumb we understand the intricate details of standpipes and our skilled team of engineers, designers and master plumbers are highly qualified to respond to any standpipe service need including emergency service. Throughout the greater New York City area we have done it all from brand new design and installation, expansions and upgrades . . . to repairs, maintenance, inspections and testing.

Maxwell Sells, Installs, Services & Maintain The Sprinkler/Fire Service Brands:    

  • Nibco
  • Tyco
  • Watts

FDNY Mandated Inspection & Testing 

The FDNY adopts the NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

These requirements include: 

  • Fire and sprinkler systems must be tested at least once every 5 years in the presence of a FDNY representative. 
  • Each component part of the system must be inspected and tested at specified frequencies and such activity must be documented for FDNY review. 
  • Monthly fire pump testing and inspection. 

Maxwell technicians hold the FDNY Certificate of Fitness for both S-12 and S-13. Maxwell Plumb also holds the NYC 417-B Master Fire Suppression license. The skilled fire suppression team at Maxwell Plumb can keep your building in compliance with all FDNY standards. We understand fire suppression systems and can repair any component in the system. By performing a pretest Maxwell can assure your building will pass any FDNY mandated inspection.

“It was an emergency. My building management got in contact with these guys and they totally came through.”

Jean-Paul N.

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