Many buildings that have been destroyed by fire could have easily been saved by a sprinkler system. So if your building doesn’t have one, it should.
There are a huge variety of possibilities for your fire sprinkler system. Our experts can advise you on the best options for your building and your needs – because if there’s one reliable, safe way to quickly control a fire in your building, it’s with the right sprinkler system.
Wet pipe systems
A typical fire sprinkler system is known as a wet pipe system. A series of sprinklers is connected under pressure to a network of pipes that runs through the building. Each sprinkler is sealed by a glass bulb filled with a heat-sensitive fluid. When a fire generates enough heat, the fluid expands and the bulb bursts, allowing water to flow out of the sprinklers closest to the heat.
Dry systems are usually installed in areas where the water freezing in the pipes may be an issue. Instead of water, the pipe network holds gas. When the sprinkler is triggered by a fire, air vents from the sprinkler and changes the pressure in the pipe network, opening a valve that releases water.
Deluge systems are often used in areas where fires may break out and spread rapidly and ferociously. In this type of system, there’s no heat-sensitive bulb on the sprinkler. Once the system is triggered, either by a detector or manually, it opens a deluge valve in the pipes to open all the sprinklers. This means a large amount of water can be poured very quickly over an entire area.
Pre-action systems are a more complex system and use a detection system to identify a fire breaking out. When a fire is detected it opens an electric valve, similar to a dry system, which allows water to access the sprinklers. Because both the valve needs to open and the sprinkler head needs to activate, it gives more protection against accidental discharge and is a popular choice for water-sensitive environments.
To discuss your fire sprinkler system options, contact us today.