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different types of fires sprinkler systems

What Are the Different Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems?

different types of fires sprinkler systems

It has been proven that fire sprinkler systems are one of the best fire prevention methods out there. This is because they act automatically and efficiently in the face of an emergency. But, are you aware that there is a wide range of systems that differ in certain ways. Before installation, you should be aware of which sprinkler system is best for you and your building; especially if you are the responsible person for the property. Find out here the different types of fire sprinkler systems.

Wet Pipe System

The most common sprinkler system. Wet pipe systems, as the name would suggest, contain water in the pipes, so should be installed where there is no chance of freezing. Its water supply is stored in the house, connected to the town’s main water supply or a separate water tank. They are easy to maintain and perfect for residential purposes.As always, the sprinkler head is activated once a fire is detected and will suppress the flames from spreading.

Dry Pipe Systems

These systems are similar to wet pipe, however, there is one key difference. In situations where there is a chance of freezing, dry pipe systems are the ideal choice. Unlike wet pipe systems, where the water remains in the pipe, the water supply in these systems is contained somewhere else. Instead, in the pipes, there is compressed air or pressurised nitrogen. From this, the water is held back by a valve. When the sprinklers are activated, the air pressure is dropped and the valve is opened so that the water reaches the sprinkler head and disperses. Pre-action systems also use this similar approach, however, in this case, however, in this case, the system requires a trigger from an additional system like an electronic heat detector as well as the thermal device within the sprinkler head itself before it will operate These fire sprinkler systems are primarily installed in locations where if the sprinkler accidentally goes off, major damage would ensue. Therefore, these systems are considered in places such as control rooms.


A deluge sprinkler system has no water contained in the piping network. The water is stored behind a control valve. A Deluge system will typically have a control valve, a dedicated water supply, and a sprinkler-activated detecting system. When a Deluge system is triggered, the Deluge Valve releases water to these open sprinkler heads, which are directly connected to a dedicated water supply. These fire sprinkler systems are often employed in high-risk situations where a fire could quickly spread.

Water Mist Systems

Water mist systems operate in a similar way to the other systems mentioned. These systems utilise specially designed nozzles that will release a fine spray once activated, filling the room with a mist. This is ideal for fire suppression in domestic situations, as the mist will quickly reduce the heat from the fire and extinguish the flames. These mist sprinkler systems are great in situations where it is not possible, or too expensive, to replace an existing mains water supply. Or, if there isn’t enough space in residential buildings to store the amount of water required. Instead, only a small box is required. If you are interested in mist sprinklers or would like more information, check out our services page here.

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Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote the installation of fire sprinkler systems throughout the London and South East area. There are many benefits to sprinkler systems:

  • Saves Lives
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Cost-Effective
  • Reduced Insurance Costs

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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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