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The 4 Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems and How to Choose Between Them

In last week’s blog, we started talking about fire sprinkler systems by explaining how they work. However, not all sprinklers are created equal. In fact, there are 4 different types of sprinkler system and each is meant for a different purpose or job. Learn everything you need to know about fire sprinkler systems in today’s blog.


It’s important to choose the right type of fire sprinkler system.

The 4 Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems and How to Choose Between Them

Pre-action sprinkler systems

Pre-action sprinklers contain air and, when a smoke alarm goes off, water passes through the piping system to suppress the fire. Water flow is only activated when two sensors are triggered in order to prevent accidental discharge in the case of a mechanical problem or false alarm. Because they have a built-in mechanism to prevent discharging, they are a particularly good option for buildings that contain sensitive materials such as data or books. They are commonly found in data centers, libraries, and other such buildings.

Dry pipe sprinklers

These sprinkler systems utilize pressurized air like pre-action sprinkler systems. Because water is not store in the pipes, they are a great option for industrial applications in cold climates as their pipes are the least likely to freeze.

Wet pipe sprinklers

Wet pipe sprinkler systems always contain water, unlike the pre-action and dry pipe sprinkler systems. The benefit of this is that water is readily available and activates immediately and these systems are by far the most common. They require little maintenance and are quite cost-effective.

Deluge sprinkler systems

Like pre-action systems, deluge sprinklers are activated by smoke detectors or alarms. When smoke is detected, the nozzles open and release a significant amount of water. These systems are effective at handling flammable liquids so they are useful in warehouse and industrial applications.

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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