"That thing next to the sprinkler pipe..."
The retard chamber is a component of a Fire Sprinkler system that connects to the alarm line of a system valve. The intent of the retard chamber is to prevent false alarms from pressure surges. Although the functionality of these devices are quite simple, they can be problematic over the years due to obstruction of the orifices caused from corrosion and debris. A task of the Fire Sprinkler inspection Touchstone Fire offers is to check these devices and ensure you will have appropriate notification in the event of an emergency. Just like human beings, these systems need to exercise in order to have optimal results.