Wet Pipe Vs Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

Wet Pipe Vs Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

Wet Pipe Vs Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

Wet Pipe Vs Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

Many commercial buildings will have a fire sprinkler system installed to protect customers and employees. There are many different sprinkler systems which can be used and that are suitable for different commercial premises.


In this article, we look at the difference between a wet pipe and dry pipe sprinkler system and their benefits. It is important to understand the differences between the two systems before you decide which system will be best for your business.


Wet Pipe Sprinkler Systems


With a wet pipe sprinkler system, the pipes are filled with pressurized water and connected to the sprinkler heads, as soon as a fire is detected the sprinklers will automatically activate and extinguish the fire.


This system requires limited maintenance and is highly effective. It is a popular choice because of its reliability and ease of installation. However, it is not suited to all working or commercial environments.


If you work in areas below 40⁰ F the system will not work as the water inside is likely to freeze.


Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems


A dry pipe sprinkler system uses pressurized air or nitrogen in the pipes which hold back the water. In the event of a fire, the pressure in the pipes drops and a valve opens to release the water which will extinguish the fire.


This fire protection system is ideal for working environments below 40⁰ F as the pipes do not contain any water. If your business premises hold expensive stock, then this fire sprinkler system is perfect as it will avoid any potential damage to the premises such as warehouses or buildings which are unheated.


Important Considerations


There are some important considerations for installing both systems. If you are considering having a wet pipe sprinkler system installed, there is an increased risk of damage if there is a leak, it is also not advisable for use where there is sensitive or expensive equipment.


With a dry pipe sprinkler system, there is a higher installation cost, and the system will need to be maintained more regularly due to the complexity of the sprinkler system. There is also the initial delay in water coming out of the sprinkler heads.


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