Did you know that there are a variety of sprinkler types that can help ensure your commercial property is as safe as possible? Having a sprinkler system in your commercial building is not only a safety best practice, but it’s also a legal requirement in some cases. With that in mind, it’s time to consider some of the options you have for fire protection.
If your business is one that has equipment or materials that are sensitive to water, like a museum or technology center, a pre-action system may be the way to go. Pre-action systems use air or nitrogen to fill the pipes until the system is triggered. This means the chances for accidental discharge are lower. This can either be on a single lock or double lock system that allows for greater control. A double lock system will be more expensive to install as it requires a detection system and alarms to be installed. However, if you’re working with expensive and invaluable material, it’s often worth the cost.
In facilities where the risk of a fire spreading quickly is high, a deluge system is a good option. Deluge systems are controlled by a valve-triggered detection system that is electrically operated. They allow for quick and excessive water distribution and will discharge through every pipe in the system at once. These systems rarely have water kept in them at all times, as they do not need to be pressurized, which makes them useful for freezing conditions.
One of the less common types of sprinkler systems is a foam-water option. These are unique in that they disperse a perfectly proportioned solution of foam and water that is kept at precise flow rates by way of a controlled and metered device. These systems are critical in environments with high-hazard materials such as flammable liquids.
Dry-Pipe Vs. Wet-Pipe
Last but not least, there are two types of conventional sprinkler systems known as dry- and wet-pipe systems. These are two of the more basic option, and the other three are often built off of these. Wet pipes allow for water to be kept at the ready in the pipeline and will discharge immediately. Wet-pipe systems are the most common and are easy and cost-effective. Dry-pipe systems are a little more complicated and require more maintenance. A dry option is useful in areas where there is a chance of freezing temperatures since they do not allow water to stay in the pipes until the moment of discharge.
Questions? Biles Fire Protection is Here to Help
If you need commercial fire prevention service, the trained professionals at Biles FPS are here to help you. We have the equipment and expertise to install sprinkler systems for the best prices. We are known for our superb customer service and reliable support; just ask our customers! Call us with your questions at 443-701-8330 or visit us online. For more tips, information, and to see what we have been up to, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.