Fire Sprinkler System Benefits

Fire sprinklers are most effective during the fire’s initial flame growth stage. A properly selected sprinkler will detect the fire’s heat, initiate alarm and begin suppression within moments after flames appear. In most instances sprinklers will control fire advancement within a few minutes of their activation. This will in turn result in significantly less damage than otherwise would happen without sprinklers. The benefits of using fire sprinkler systems include: Immediate identification and control of a developing fire – Sprinkler systems respond at all times, including periods of low occupancy. Immediate alert – In conjunction with the building fire alarm system,
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The Effects of a Fire on Your Business

Over 75% of companies that experience a serious fire go out of business, either directly as a result of the fire or within 3 years of reopening.The damage that a fire can cause to a business cannot be over estimated. The visible signs of a burnt out building and ruined inventory is only half the story. There is also the consequential losses from business interruption, laying off employees and the customers who are forced to turn to alternative suppliers and never return. Insurance may help to soften the blow but most businesses do not recover. Fire sprinkler systems are the
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Residential Sprinkler Myths and Facts

Myth Fact “Water damage from a sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage.” Water damage from a sprinkler system will be much less severe than the damage caused by water from firefighting hoselines or smoke and fire damage if the fire goes unabated. Quick response sprinklers release 8 to 24 gallons of water per minute compared to 50 to 125 gallons per minute released by a firehose. Sprinklers are highly reliable devices that are activated by heat. They will only go off if there is a fire which increases the heat beyond the sprinkler trigger point (typically 135
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How Fire Sprinkler Systems Operate

Water represents the ideal extinguishing agent for most fires. Fire sprinklers utilize water by direct application onto flames and heat. This action cools the combustion process and prevents ignition of adjacent combustibles. Sprinkler systems are a series of water pipes which are supplied by a reliable water supply. At selected intervals along these pipes are independent, heat activated valves known as sprinkler heads. It is the sprinkler head which is responsible for water distribution onto the fire. Most sprinkler systems also include an alarm to alert occupants when a fire occurs. During the incipient fire stage, heat output is relatively
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Fire Sprinkler Head Components

The sprinkler is the spray nozzle which distributes water over a defined fire hazard area. Each sprinkler operates by actuation of its own temperature linkage. The typical sprinkler consists of a frame, thermal operated linkage, cap, orifice, and deflector. Styles of each component may vary but the basic principles of each remain the same. Click here to view sprinkler head styles. Frame – The frame provides the main structural component which holds the sprinkler together. The water supply pipe connects to the sprinkler at the base of the frame. The frame holds the thermal linkage and cap in place, and
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Fire Sprinkler System Water Source

All sprinkler systems require a reliable water source. In urban areas, a piped public service is the most common supply, while rural areas generally utilize private tanks, reservoirs, lakes, or rivers. Where a high degree of reliability is desired, or a single source is undependable, multiple supplies may be utilized. Basic Fire Sprinkler Water Source Criteria Include: The source must be available at all times – Fires can happen at any time and therefore, the water supply must be in a constant state of readiness. Supplies must be evaluated for resistance to pipe failure, pressure loss, droughts, and other issues
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Selection of Fire Sprinkler Pipe Materials

Sprinkler water is transported to fire via a system of fixed pipes and fittings. Piping material options include various steel alloys, copper, and fire resistant plastics. Steel is the traditional material with copper and plastics utilized in many sensitive applications. Primary considerations for selection of pipe materials include: Ease of installation – The easier the material is installed, the less disruption is imposed on the institution’s operations and mission. The ability to install a system with the least amount of disturbance is an important consideration, especially in sprinkler retrofit applications where building use will continue during construction. Cost of material
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Major Fire Sprinkler System Components

The basic components of a fire sprinkler system are the sprinklers, system piping and a dependable water source. Most systems also require an alarm and system control valves. Other major sprinkler system components include: Control valves – A sprinkler system must be capable of shut down after the fire has been controlled, and for periodic maintenance and modification. Control valves provide this function. In the simplest system a single shut-off valve may be located at the point where the water supply enters the building. In larger buildings the sprinkler system may consist of multiple zones with a control valve for
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Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Over the past decade, homeowners, apartment owners, builders, and government officials have come to realize that fire sprinklers are a safe, economical answer to America’s residential fire problem. Our company is equipped and ready to meet the challenges of the fast growing residential fire sprinkler market. We have technical expertise sharpened by years of experience installing fire sprinkler systems in residential facilities such as high-rises, multi-family apartments, and condominiums, as well as large custom and small single-family homes. Our experienced professionals are fully knowledgeable of the unique code requirements that govern the installation of fire protection systems in residential projects,
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