What To Consider before Sprinkler Fire System Installation?
No matter the type or size of your building, a sprinkler fire system has its benefits for you and the occupants instead. Whether this is for your own residential home or place of work. Sprinklers have been known to both save lives and damage property.
But, what should you consider before installation? Find out more here.
What Sprinkler Fire System Do You Need?
Firstly, you should take into consideration the type of building you are wanting the sprinkler system in and the function it can have. For example in residential buildings, the most common type is the wet pipe sprinkler system. This basic model distributes water when a high temperature is detected, as the water is stored under pressure.
However, for commercial buildings, certain modifications may need to be taken into consideration. Though they take longer to activate, dry pipe systems are ideal for industrial buildings, such as factories that are vulnerable to serious commercial problems. For example, frozen pipes and pipes bursting. In these cases, the pipes are supplied with compressed air or nitrogen gas instead of water. If a fire breaks out, the air in these pipes will leak and allow the water to travel through to the sprinkler heads.
Find out more about what sprinkler systems could benefit specific buildings here.
Type of Sprinkler Head
So, you know what sprinkler fire system you are wanting. Now, it is crucial to consider the different types of sprinkler heads you can have with the system. Though there are four types (pendant, concealed, upright and sidewall), the two ones found in residential homes are pendant and concealed.
For homes, you might want to consider a concealed sprinkler head. As the name would suggest, this sprinkler head blends into its surroundings and does not have a sprinkler head hanging down in sight. Instead, it is decorated with a decorative cap. This is a great alternative for those who are worried the sprinkler system will clash with their aesthetic. For more information on sprinkler head selection, read our previous blog here.
The Water Supply Source
The source of the fire sprinkler system’s water supply is another important factor to take into account. An elevated tank and a pressure tank that satisfies the requirements for a pressure vessel are two acceptable sources of water for your sprinkler fire system. It should have an appropriate pressure source, a water storage source, and a pump connection.
To ensure adequate pressure and capacity for the system’s demands, you can also utilise a well that includes a pump or a dependable waterworks system with an automatic pump.
Fire Sprinkler System Installation Company
Once you have decided on the details, it is time to find a reputable company to install your sprinkler fire system. Look for organisations that are third-party accredited and have experience in the fire protection system industry.
Here at RAD, we are long-standing certified members of FIRAS and meet all requirements for certification. Our experts understand how sprinkler systems can benefit all types of buildings; including, warehouses, car parks and other residential properties. Does your home need a sprinkler system? Find out here on our previous blog.
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