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What Are the Regulations for Sprinkler Systems and Basements?

sprinkler systems in basements

Increasingly, people are being forced to expand their residences underground. Particularly in populated areas of London. Converting cellars or basements into important additional living spaces is typically the only viable choice. Yet, this comes with its own sets of obstacles and sprinkler systems can help aid this problem.


But, what are the building regulations in these situations? We have in the past covered loft conversion fire regulations, but what about the other side of the home? Find out more from a professional sprinkler system installation company.


What Are the Building Regulations for Basements?

Within current building regulations in England and Wales, basements require a smoke control system if they have a floor area greater than 200 square metres, as well as a floor level that is more than 3 metres below the nearby ground level. Also, all underground car parks or garages, regardless of size, require these fire protection systems. For more information on the benefits of sprinkler systems in car parks, read our previous article


However, though sprinkler systems are not required in basements, they are still beneficial. In residential buildings, sprinklers can help save lives and damage to property in the case of a fire. And this is no exception for basements. Incorporating sprinklers into your lowest level is a great way to ensure safety throughout the entire home. 


How Do Sprinkler Systems Work?

The extreme heat produced by a fire activates sprinkler systems. Only the closest sprinkler head is activated. It will suppress the fire quickly and directly, requiring less water. Sprinklers normally need 60 litres of water per minute to put out a fire. This is between 1/25th and 1/100th of water used by a fire service hose. Smaller fires require far less water to put out, resulting in better water conservation and less water damage to structures.


For basements and cellars, this will work in the same way. The sprinkler head will activate dealing with the fire wherever in the room it is. If there is anyone in the basement at the time, make sure to evacuate safely and allow the sprinklers to do their job. Ensure no one is on the level, even if the flames do not spread. Make sure to work with a professional fire sprinkler company. Ensure regulations are being upheld and fire safety is thought about through every stage of development.


RAD Fire Sprinklers

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote and install sprinkler systems throughout residential and commercial buildings in the UK. Fire sprinklers are the most effective fire safety plan; easily implemented in educational buildings in a cost-effective manner. We understand the benefits of sprinkler systems, in buildings such as businesses and social housing, and are trained to ensure installation is efficient and correct. 

To find out more, or to receive a quote, why not fill in our online form? A member of our team will shortly be in touch to see how we can help you. Or, follow us on Instagram and see our sprinkler systems services direct to your feed.

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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