Beaufort County officials say a recalled fire sprinkler head may have been to blame for a malfunction that flooded the Hilton Head public library earlier this month.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that a photo of the sprinkler head inside the library appears to show it’s a 1997 model recalled about four years later because a rubber seal could corrode. County officials are asking a contractor to check fire sprinklers in every county building to see if they are similar to one that malfunctioned and soaked a library two weeks ago.
The sprinkler head is a 1997 model ELOC concealed pendant sprinkler. The model was one of 50 recalled by Central Sprinkler Company in 2001, the paper reports.
County spokeswoman Joy Nelson told the newspaper that the county is trying to verify if the sprinkler head was one that was recalled. If so, the county will then check every sprinkler head in the courthouse, sheriff’s office and other county offices and replace them.
The malfunction flooded the Friends of the Library book shop on September 17. More than 3,500 volumes were damaged by the water, Nelson said.