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How Do Sprinkler Systems Work in Maryland?

Your home is most likely your largest investment so it’s important to keep it safe. While it is important to keep fire extinguishers on hand to put out small fires, if you truly want to invest in the safety of your property and loved ones then a residential sprinkler system is necessary. How much do you know about how sprinkler systems work? In a 2 part series, we’ll be explaining everything you need to know about residential sprinkler systems


How do sprinkler systems really work?

How Do Sprinkler Systems Work in Maryland?

Residential sprinkler systems

While smoke alarms are designed to be triggered by smoke, residential sprinkler systems rely on temperature gauges to know when to deploy. As heat from a fire rises toward the ceiling, the sprinkler heads automatically activate. However, the temperature they detect must be at least 135 degrees Farenheit before the system will activate. Glass triggers located on the sprinkler heads are filled with a glycerin mixture which expands as it is heated. When sufficiently heated, the glass brakes which automatically activates the sprinkler head. The heads are part of a network of piping that is typically built into your ceiling or walls which provides water to the sprinkler. Under the heads, a small valve prevents water leakage and once a sprinkler is activated, the valve automatically opens to release water from the piping. Because of the sensitivity of their temperature gauges, sprinkler systems are designed so that only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate. This helps to minimize the amount of water damage that your home will experience.

There are a number of different types of sprinkler systems that serve different purposes. Learn more about those in next week’s blog post!

Biles Fire Protection Services is Here to Help

No matter your fire protection needs, Biles Fire Protection Services can design and install a system that will work for you. We are proud to offer top-notch customer service including fast response times, reliable support, and affordable prices. We are certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and have the knowledge and experience to create the right fire protection system for your home or business. To learn more about what we have to offer, give us a call at 443-701-8330, send us an email, or request a quote online.

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