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Choosing the Right Type of Fire Sprinkler System

Wet pipe system

It’s composed of steel pipes filled with water. The water in the pipes is usually under moderate pressure; therefore, when the sprinkler head is activated, the pressurised water in the pipes is immediately released and as a result there is a faster reaction time.

In addition to providing faster reaction time the wet pipe system is also very simple and reliable. The system is also relatively cheap, easy to install, and requires low maintenance.

Although, this type of fire safety system has these advantages, it’s not ideal for areas that are very cold. This is because the pipes tend to freeze in cold areas. The pipes are also not recommended in residential environments because they are prone to accidental leaks which can bring about flooding.

Dry pipe system

The pipes in this system are filled with air under pressure and the water is held back by the control valve which is usually located outside the protected area. When the sprinkler head is activated, the valve releases the compressed air through the sprinkler head. Once all the air has been released, water fills the system.

You should note that this system has a slower reaction time. The good side with the system is that it releases large amount of water; therefore, fire is extinguished fast.

Another good thing is that you don’t have to worry about flooding in case there is leakage in the pipes. These systems are used in areas where the wet and alternate systems can’t be used.

Alternate systems

These systems are usually filled with water for the summer period then when the season is over, they are drained down and filled with air for the winter period. These systems are ideal for underground car parks and other buildings that are not usually heated.

Pre-action systems

These are variations of the dry and wet pipe systems. These systems must be triggered twice before water is dispensed from the sprinkler head. The first trigger allows water into the pipes while the second trigger releases the water and pushes it to through the sprinkler in order to extinguish the fire.

The good side with this system is that it provides protection against false sprinkler head activation.

These are the main types of fire sprinkler systems. To ensure that you have the right system installed, you should consult the a reputable company, like Complete Fire and Pumps, your experts in fire protection systems.

Yours In Safety

Alex

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