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Common Misconceptions About Fire Sprinklers

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we’re here to break down the misconceptions surrounding fire sprinklers and ensure all our customers are fully aware of what they are there to do. Sprinklers are beneficial for all properties, whether they are residential or commercial. Yet, home or business owners are sometimes reluctant to hire an installation company.


So, find out here some of the biggest myths when it comes to fire sprinklers and how they can benefit your building. 

Myth 1: Smoke Alarm Provides Enough Protection


Smoke alarms are necessary for all houses. They warn residents that danger is present, but because they can only see smoke, they cannot put out the fire. Fire sprinklers automatically put out fires by detecting heat from the fire and doing so, protecting people and property. In a fire, sprinklers can contain and possibly even put out a fire before the fire service arrives. 


A prevalent misconception is that a fire alarm is sufficient to keep the inhabitants safe from a fire. Actually, a fire sprinkler system is frequently more dependable than a fire alarm.

Myth 2: Fire Sprinklers are Prone to Corrosion


At RAD Fire Sprinklers, all our sprinkler systems are fitted with BlazeMaster CPVC pipes. However, some people may think steel would be the best choice. Yet, it’s steel that is more prone to corrosion when exposed to a mixture of water, treatment chemicals and oxygen. Steel pipes may experience pinhole leaks in less than two years under these circumstances, necessitating expensive maintenance. As minerals adhere to the pipe walls, typically close to fittings and corners, steel is also vulnerable to scale buildups. This may restrict or even stop water from flowing into a fire.


Because CPVC pipe never corrodes or scales, sprinkler systems that use it have low maintenance costs and don’t require an expensive nitrogen system. Additionally, compared to steel, CPVC offers superior hydraulics to assure ideal flow rates that won’t decrease over time owing to corrosion or scaling.

Myth 3: Sprinkler Installation is Expensive


Sprinklers typically cost between 1% and 1.5% of the overall building cost when installed during new construction. It will cost roughly as much to install new carpet in your home as a sprinkler system. They cost more than smoke alarms, but they offer considerably better security. It’s also fairly affordable to retrofit a fire sprinkler system in a building or high rise.


At RAD Fire Sprinklers, the cost of sprinkler installation depends on a number of factors, including the square footage or bedroom quantity, water supply and the location. To get an accurate estimate on your quote, please call us on 01892 680 090. 

Myth 4: Cooking Will Set Fire Sprinklers Off


If you’re cooking at a temperature that will set off fire sprinklers, you’re doing something wrong. A sprinkler head will only be activated once a heat of 56°C is detected. 


In these cases, only the sprinkler head closest to the flames will activate. If the flames continue to spread, then the other sprinkler heads will be set in motion. 

RAD Fire Sprinklers


At RAD, our team installs fire sprinklers across London and South East areas. Our fire sprinkler experts are all registered with FIRAS and IFC specifically for our high-pressure mist solution. 


For more information, or to receive a quote, fill in our form. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090 and speak to one of our specialists today.    

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.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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