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questions to ask about sprinkler heads

How Are Fire Sprinkler Heads Positioned?

questions to ask about sprinkler heads

All components of your fire sprinkler system work together to provide safety within your property. From the pump and tank to the pipes and the sprinkler heads, each part needs to be installed correctly and professionally to work well and expel water in the event of a fire. The location of your sprinkler heads is incredibly important in ensuring you get the best possible service from your fire sprinkler system. But how do you know where they’ll work best? Instead of figuring it out for yourself, there are fire sprinkler installation companies that can help.

The different types of heads, as well as the property they are being installed into, both play a part in determining where your sprinkler heads will be positioned. They work to detect heat from a fire, isolating the blaze and only activating the sprinklers in the nearest vicinity. They are incredibly effective in saving properties and lives, but only if every single component is installed and positioned correctly…


The Different Types of Sprinkler Heads

There are various types of sprinkler heads that work optimally in certain properties. Concealed sprinkler heads work with your home to hide in your decor, and won’t stand out in the ceiling. When a fire breaks out, the white cover plate becomes un-soldered and drops to the ground, where the deflector plate will then drop, and the sprinkler will activate. Pendent sprinkler heads are a popular choice too and are commonly found in offices and hotels. They hang from the ceiling and dispense water in a circular motion to cover as much ground as possible.

Upright sprinkler heads point upwards and are often seen in factories or industrial spaces where fires are a persistent risk. They are used when obstructions are present, and are favoured in mechanical spaces such as factories. They can lessen the devastating effects of a fire, as they can break out in any direction. Sidewall sprinkler heads are placed exactly where it says on the tin. They are also found on beams in tight spaces such as hallways. You can read more about the various sprinkler heads in our previous article here.


In Homes and Commercial Properties

For the most optimum service possible, pendant and concealed sprinkler heads should be placed in the centre of the ceiling in both residential and commercial properties. However, there are more downlights being installed into properties, so sprinklers are more likely to be as lined up with ceiling fittings as possible. Fire sprinkler systems and fire mist systems activate when the room reaches a certain temperature, so they will need to be located away from any hot pipes. They must also be installed where they can dispel water easily without being disrupted by elements such as beams.

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we have years of experience in installing fire suppression systems on residential properties. We can design your system to fit your dimensions exactly, placing sprinkler heads where they will be most effective. To find out more, please visit us on our website here.



Before and after your fire sprinkler system has been installed, there could be hazards that will prevent your sprinklers from activating or working properly. If you have concealed sprinkler heads, they can easily become stuck to the ceiling if you decorate. When painting, try to avoid your sprinkler cover plates as they can be prevented from falling away. Also, try to keep any decorative pieces, such as chandeliers or tall cabinets away from the pendant heads. Positioning heads in the wrong place can leave your property at risk of severe damage and could pose a threat to life.
Sprinkler systems are the most effective form of fire suppression and can keep your property safe for years to come.

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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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16:45 15 Nov 13

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