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Everything to Know About a Fire Sprinkler System

Everything to Know About a Fire Sprinkler System

Everything to Know About a Fire Sprinkler System

Everything to Know About a Fire Sprinkler System

A fire sprinkler system is an important part of a domestic or commercial building’s fire protection system. In this article we provide a quick guide on everything to know about a fire sprinkler system.

Understand the different types

There are many types of fire sprinkler systems and while the main goal is to extinguish the fire and stop the spread, each system has a different way of releasing the water and or liquid to put the fire out.

Wet pipe systems

The water in a wet pipe system is released when the alarm or heat surrounding the sprinkler head reaches a specific temperature - this is one of the reasons why they are the most common form of sprinkler system.

Dry pipe systems

Dry pipe systems can be found in unheated buildings, the reason for dry pipes is that in this type of location there is a danger the water in the pipe could freeze.

Deluge systems

Deluge fire sprinkler systems are installed in environments where the risk of quick spreading fire is high. Therefore, the sprinklers connected to the water supply are always open and when the alarm is raised the deluge valve opens allowing water to extinguish the fire rapidly.

Pre-action systems

Pre-action systems have all the benefits of regular systems with the added protection of accidental activation and are normally found in locations such as museums, data centres or where there are electrical cabinets.

Fire sprinkler heads

Another important part of a fire sprinkler system is the heads that discharge the water once the alarm has been raised. Each sprinkler head has a trigger mechanism that is designed to open in order to release the water.

In residential homes conventional sprinkler heads are used and some of the water can be dispersed onto the ceiling. Pendent sprinkler heads aim the water straight down and are used in rooms with high ceilings.

The design of sprinkler heads has evolved over time and many of the modern heads are very unobtrusive and can be designed to fit in with the aesthetics of the room.

Fire sprinkler installation

The fire sprinkler system installation process is similar to installing central heating, there is generally less pipework which means less disruption to your home or premises. A reliable water supply is needed and more often than not the system can be hooked up to the main water supply.

How much does a fire sprinkler system cost?

In terms of cost it varies between building types, for residential homes it’s not that expensive costing around £1 per sq. ft or about £1500 – £2000 for a three-bedroom house.

For industrial and commercial buildings the cost is around £33 and £35 per square metre. The best option is to speak to a fire installation professional who can take measurements of the building to provide a fair and competitive quote.

Why should you install a fire sprinkler system?

There are obvious reasons to install a fire sprinkler system and there is no question that they will save lives in the long term. They will also help to reduce insurance premiums as well.

Contact us

If you require more information about fire sprinkler systems or if you need one serviced or inspected, you can get in touch with one of our professional team here.

Alternatively, please call us on 01772 822 133, we will endeavour to get in touch with you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon!