Periodically we get questions like these so we thought we would try to answer some of them for you. We will continue to add to these questions and answers in an attempt to help you understand the systems we work with and the benefits they provide.
This question is best answered only after a review of the occupancy as the cost per square foot can vary widely due to great differences in installation requirements. Generally speaking, a sprinkler system can be installed in a new home for as little as $1-$2 per square foot which is less than the cost of a retrofit installation that can run in the range of $2-$3 per square foot.
Each sprinkler has its own heat element and operates independently from any other sprinkler.
In residential sprinkler systems the entire system is encapsulated within the heat envelope of the structure. There are other principles applied in commercial systems that allow the installation of sprinkler systems in cold areas and freezers.
Fire sprinklers are designed to control a fire in its early stages where less water is required. Most fires are completely controlled with the activation of only one or two sprinklers. A standard spray sprinklers releases approximately 20 gallons of water per minute compared to a fire hose releasing 150-200 gallons per minute. Therefore, an uncontrolled fire will encounter significantly greater water damage.
The odds of accidental discharge due to a manufacturing defect are 1 in 16 million per year. Sprinkler piping is no more likely to leak than existing plumbing piping in every home and building.
Quick response residential sprinkler systems are designed to save your life by providing attractive ceiling sprinkler heads that blend unobtrusively into your room decor. Sprinklers cover plates, and escutcheons can be custom painted by the manufacturer to match any decor.
Smoke detectors will save lives by providing a much needed warning system. However, smoke detectors do nothing to extinguish a growing fire. Too often, battery operated smoke detectors fail to function because of dead or missing batteries. In order for detectors to help save your life, you must provide periodical maintenance.