How To Choose the Right Sprinkler System for Your Facility

How To Choose the Right Sprinkler System for Your Facility
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    Automatic sprinkler systems have been around since the late 1800s, and since then, public buildings have become much safer. However, while most people know their purpose and necessity, not everyone knows how many fire safety systems there are or which one they need.

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Automatic sprinkler systems have been around since the late 1800s, and since then, public buildings have become much safer. However, while most people know their purpose and necessity, not everyone knows how many fire safety systems there are or which one they need. This article will specifically go over sprinklers as a fire safety system and show you how to choose the right sprinkler system for your facility.

Deluge Sprinklers

Deluge sprinklers are excellent for high-hazard facilities where a fire can spread quickly. They discharge water all at once, which means it doesn’t sit in the pipes all the time. This makes them a good choice for freezing or sub-freezing temperatures. However, it’s important to note that this fire safety system requires additional maintenance and a strong water supply.

Pre-Action Sprinklers

Pre-action systems are a good fit for facilities that want to avoid as much water damage as possible. The pipes are pressurized with air or nitrogen. A detection system triggers a valve to engage the system when it’s needed to prevent accidental discharge.

This type of sprinkler has two subtypes—single and double interlock systems. A single interlock pre-action system allows water to enter the pipes at the alarm system, discharging the water immediately. A double interlock system is the same, with the added benefit of the water entering the system only if the alarm system and an automatic sprinkler go off to further mitigate accidental discharges.

Foam-Water Sprinklers

Foam-water sprinklers are also great for high-hazard environments with many flammable liquids. They work in the same way a single lock pre-action system or deluge system works— they smother a fire with a solution of foam water. The bubbles in foam water create more surface area, absorbing at a much faster rate than droplets can.

Wet Pipe Sprinklers

These sprinklers are the most common sprinkler type for facilities like offices, schools, and other general facilities that don’t have to worry about flammable materials or water damage. Water is always in the pipe, and while this isn’t great for sub-freezing environments, they are low maintenance, affordable, and easy to install.

Dry Pipe Sprinklers

Dry pipe sprinkler systems, while requiring more maintenance, are good for any facility that reaches below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. An alert discharges air or nitrogen, reduces pressure, and releases water into the pipes. This prevents water from entering the pipe until the alarm goes off, mitigating leakages and protecting the water supply.

It’s critical to note that when working with a contractor to install your fire protection sprinkler system, they should install a backflow preventer. One benefit of these devices is they prevent water from flowing in the opposite direction, keeping contaminants out of your water.

Now that you know how to choose the right sprinkler system for your facility, you can have peace of mind knowing your place of business has the best fire protection system.

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