Commercial Fire Sprinkler Systems
Installation & Repair of all Commercial Fire Sprinkler Systems
There are different types of commercial fire sprinkler systems. They all come with their strengths and weaknesses. A business owner can discuss their role with a fire safety contractor. But those who seek to learn more about the sprinklers themselves can have a look at the following options:
Pre-action sprinklers are highly recommended for commercial spaces which hold valuable inventory. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are recommended for supermarkets or other shops. But they are certainly recommended for buildings such as museums, archive buildings or spaces with other highly-valuable objects. This is mainly due to the water-damage protection system these sprinklers come with.
Most people know that water is already in the pipes ready to be released by the sprinklers in case of an emergency. But this is not the case with pre-action sprinkles. These types of sprinklers are actually designed to hold a form of gas in the pipes, accessing water only when truly needed. With this design, water damage possibility is considerably reduced. The gas which replaces the water in the pipes is, most of the times, a form of pressurized air. It’s no wonder modern data centers are using pre-action sprinklers to protect expensive servers.
Dry pipe sprinklers are very similar to pre-action sprinklers. They do not actually hold any water in them. It takes up to a minute for the water to be dispatched to the sprinklers in an emergency case. But the main benefit of dry pipe designs comes in the way the pipes are protected in low temperatures. For example, if the pipes are installed in a building which constantly faces temperatures below the freezing line, the system which ensures fire protection is still functional and the pipes are not completely frozen. Such systems are often installed in warehouses where heating is not an option. They can also be installed in premises which are high up in the mountains were temperatures are constantly lower.
Wet pipe sprinklers are also similar but they have water in the pipes ready to be released. This solution can be a bit more affordable but at the same time, it is also fast to act. Crowded locations such as office buildings can use these types of sprinklers. Water is dispatched quickly in case of emergency and this makes them one of the fastest-acting solutions in their class. Another reason businesses consider this type of commercial fire sprinkler is due to the low maintenance cost, especially when compared to pre-action sprinklers.
Deluge sprinklers are much more specialized. They are mainly used in commercial spaces which deal with hazardous materials. Oil refineries or paint factories can be a couple of examples where theses sprinklers could be used. Instead of water, the sprinklers use dry chemicals or foam. So they are not adding any hazard by sprinkling water on these flammable materials.
Depending on the type of commercial space, its indoor temperature and the materials and objects in the premises, business owners can make an informed decision by choosing the fire sprinklers which work the best. In most cases, these sprinklers can also be discussed with a contractor.
While pre-action sprinklers are great in terms of protection, they are not as quick to act. Wet pipe sprinklers are cheap to maintain, but they may not be the safest for spaces with valuables. Dry pipe sprinklers work best for cold environments, even if they are not the fastest option. Deluge sprinklers use a combination of smoke and temperature detectors to sprinkle foam or chemicals in premises where there are flammable materials. All sprinklers have their own strengths and weaknesses but each business has its recommended option.