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Types of Fire Sprinklers

When it comes to protecting your New Jersey, Delaware, or Philadelphia building from fire, nothing is more effective than a sprinkler system. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can expect 60 percent less property damage from a fire if you install and maintain sprinklers in your building. But what type of sprinkler system is best? You have four main options to choose from, and each one affords a slightly different level of fire protection suitable for diverse types of buildings.

If you need help choosing the right type of fire sprinklers for your building, please call Confires at 888-228-0917 to schedule a consultation.

Wet Pipe Fire Sprinklers

As the most common type of sprinkler system for homes and commercial buildings, wet pipe fire sprinklers are what most people think of first. In this type of system, water is stored under pressure throughout the sprinkler pipes. When the heat-activated sprinkler head opens, water disperses immediately onto the fire below. As a result, wet pipe sprinklers have the fastest reaction time of any system. However, it’s vital to keep wet pipe sprinklers above 32 degrees F, or the water inside could freeze, damaging the pipes and rendering the sprinklers useless.

Dry Pipe Fire Sprinklers

This is a great alternative to wet pipe sprinklers if freezing is a possibility, such as in refrigerated warehouses, cold storage manufacturing plants, and parking garages. The pipes are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen gas. Then, when a sprinkler head activates, the gas flows out, and a valve releases water into the sprinkler pipes. Regulations state that the water must reach the furthest sprinkler head in your building within 60 seconds or less.

Deluge Fire Sprinklers

This system is similar to wet pipe sprinklers with one major difference: the sprinkler heads are open at all times. Rather than being heat activated, deluge fire sprinklers release water when a special fire alarm activates. Once the water starts flowing, it must be shut off manually. This aggressive fire-fighting action is best suited for hazardous flammable liquid storage areas, chemical plants, and airplane hangars where water damage isn’t a concern.

Pre-Action Fire Sprinklers

This system requires a two-stage trigger to activate. It starts as a dry pipe sprinkler system until a fire detection device senses heat or smoke. Then, a valve opens to allow the water to enter the pipes, converting it into a wet pipe system. Only when detection devices isolate the area where the fire is located does the sprinkler head open and release the water. This is an ideal setup in libraries, data centers, and other buildings where water damage is highly detrimental.

Schedule Fire Sprinkler Installation Today

At Confires, our number one priority is to make sure your building, employees, and merchandise are safe from the ravages of potential fires. We install and service fire sprinkler systems in New Jersey, Delaware, and Philadelphia. To schedule an installation estimate or other fire protection services, please contact us online or by phone at 888-228-0917 today!

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