One of the most critical elements in every fire safety system is the sprinkler system. In many cases, they are required for adherence to various codes and laws. Almost as important as having the sprinkler system installed is making sure that it’s the appropriate type for the building as different types of sprinklers are safer and more appropriate for use in different conditions. For more information, read on to learn more about the differences between wet and dry sprinkler systems.
Wet Sprinkler Systems
Wet fire sprinkler systems, otherwise known as wet pipe systems, use an overhead network of pipes that are connected and filled with pressurized water. When a fire occurs, it will activate the sprinkler heads at which point water will be immediately discharged from the system. This is the most common type of sprinkler system that you’ll usually see in commercial buildings. It’s known for its reliability and ease of installation and maintenance. Although they are the most common type of sprinkler system, they are not appropriate in all environments. Property managers and fire safety personnel should use other options where temperatures reach below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and in places where sensitive equipment or documents could be damaged because of a leak.
Dry Sprinkler Systems
Dry sprinkler systems may sound counterintuitive to the task of controlling fires, but there are applications in which this system is especially useful. They do not contain water in the sprinkler piping but rather pressurized air or nitrogen. The air or nitrogen is holding back the supply of water at a main dry-pipe valve. During a fire emergency, the sprinkler will activate, and the pressure will drop to then open and release the water. The dry sprinkler system is designed for frigid environments, including walk-in refrigerators and warehouses. They are also more complicated and costly to install and maintain when compared to the wet system and come with certain design restrictions. It is possible to make the dry system one component of a larger wet system, combining the benefits of both to create a larger fire safety network.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.