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Everything You Need to Know About Sprinkler Systems

Wet Pipe Systems

Everything You Need to Know About Sprinkler Systems

Wet pipe, dry pipe, preaction, and deluge are among the more common types of sprinkler systems.

Of all the types of available sprinkler systems, the wet pipe system is the most common and most well-known. They are the easiest to install, design, and maintain. This system uses pressurized water from the overhead piping in conjunction with closed sprinklers. The sprinkler heads are activated by a sufficient amount of heat. At that point, water will immediately discharge from those affected sprinkler heads. In most cases, the wet pipe system should be considered a first choice. However, in conditions that reach below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, other options should take the lead.  

Dry Pipe Systems

Dry pipe sprinklers are best for locations where temperatures reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit and below. This is because this type of system doesn’t initially react with a burst of water through the sprinkler heads. The dry pipes work with pressurized air or sometimes nitrogen. Again, when a sufficient amount of heat reaches the sprinkler heads, the air pressure in the system will drop. At that point, the valves will open to release a flow of water. For dry pipe systems to be efficient and reliable, there must be an efficient air supply source.

Preaction Systems

Here we see another use of pressurized air or nitrogen. However, the difference between preaction and dry pipe is that the pressure associated with preaction systems is less than dry pipe.  There are three variations that fall under this umbrella: single interlocked, double interlocked, and non-interlocked. You’ll usually find this type of sprinkler system protecting computer and communications equipment as well as museums.

Deluge Systems

Large quantities of water are delivered over specified areas from the deluge sprinkler system. Its best use is for stopping rapidly growing fires from spreading and causing great damage. Deluge valve controls are activated by a supplemental fire detection system. The open sprinklers use atmospheric pressure, which means that was is immediately discharged once it reaches each sprinkler in the system. The deluge system is important where highly combustible materials are being used.    

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

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