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Why Should I Get a FloWatch Fire Sprinkler Monitoring System?

During the servicing process of fire sprinkler systems throughout the UK, there has been a concerning rise in the number of in-line isolation valves found to be turned off. Currently, all CAT2 systems upward according to British Standards 9251-21 states that all valves that control the flow of water should be “electronically monitored for the open position.” This is where FloWatch comes in…

In order to keep up with the standards laid out for sprinklers, we here at RAD Fire Sprinklers are encouraging all of our clients to invest in a Flowatch system in order to keep their sprinkler system working optimally between services. Having valves open at all times can keep the water flowing and dispense water accurately should a fire break out. But what is FloWatch, and how does it work?


What Is A FloWatch Monitoring System?


FloWatch alarm and monitoring systems are fully compliant with BS9251-21 and work to ensure all electronic valves are maintained open at all times. Closed valves prevent the flow of water from being delivered to a sprinkler head, hindering their ability to extinguish a fire. The main functions they monitor include the isolation valves, where it will sound an alarm if it is moved out of the fully open position, and the flow switches.

The FloWatch system has plenty of extra features to ensure you have the best protection and fire sprinkler monitoring to keep everyone in your property safe. The system comes with a 24-hour backup battery, and it can even monitor tank levels and pump fault monitoring. The audible alarm can alert you to any faults present, allowing you to reset the issue and keep water flowing to the necessary places. There are also various expansion packs available, depending on the number of flow switches and monitored isolation valves.


Why is it Important?


The BS9251 updated its policies in 2021 and was revised to state that sprinkler systems need to be monitored so that valves were in the open position at all times. The standards also highlight that an alarm should sound when water levels get low, allowing you time to resolve the problem and keep everyone in your property safe. BS9251-21 now states that monitoring has been introduced for CAT 2 systems and over as a requirement in order to monitor the most critical functions of the system at all times. This leads to a far more robust system because it is being monitored constantly. 

FloWatch is fully compliant with BS9251, keeping you and everyone in your property safe. Fully operational fire sprinkler systems and water mist systems can extinguish fires at the source, saving your home from extensive water and fire damage. All fire sprinkler systems need to follow certain regulations, no matter the building they’re installed into and the type of system they are. To find out more about the different regulations, please visit us here.


How We Can Help


Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we have years of experience in installing high-quality fire sprinkler and water mist systems to control, suppress and extinguish fires at the source. We always recommend that your sprinkler systems are regulated and checked on an annual basis, ensuring full compliance and safety within your property. We also highlight the importance of fire sprinkler monitoring and recommend FloWatch to all of our clients.

To find out more about installing a fire sprinkler system in your property, or to receive a quote, please give us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form.


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Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
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