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Understanding The Main Differences Between Wet and Dry Fire Sprinkler Systems

Understanding The Main Differences Between Wet and Dry Fire Sprinkler Systems

What type of fire sprinkler system do you have in your facility?

Every business and every household needs a sprinkler system. Not only do sprinkler systems ensure the safety of your business and personal, but they are a legal requirement as well. Depending on the type of business you do, you may need to choose between a wet and dry sprinkler system. The two types function fairly similarly, but they have different pros and cons that can make a huge difference in their level of success.  

Wet Sprinkler Systems

In most situations, a wet sprinkler system is the best option. Wet sprinklers use a system of pipes where the water is kept under pressure. When the sprinklers are activated by smoke, they will begin to discharge automatically. In situations where the threat of a fast-moving fire exists, such as on a factory floor, these types of sprinklers are the best option. They’re also easiest to modify, maintain and are more reliable. That said, because the water is stored in the pipes continuously, it can not be used in setting that reach under 40º because of the risk that it might freeze. Additionally, it is not the best method to use in rooms housing sensitive materials and equipment.   

Dry Sprinkler Systems

Rather than having pipes filled with water, dry sprinkler systems have pipes filled with pressurized air or nitrogen that holds water back further in the pipes at the main supply. When these sprinklers are activated, it can take a bit of time for the water to be released as the air or nitrogen must discharge first. This gives those onsite the ability to make a quick reaction to either allow the sprinklers to turn on or to deactivate it. In places with expensive technical equipment like a data center or a space such as a museum, it can make a huge difference in the ability to save important data and objects. Additionally, a dry system is better for use in areas with low temperatures as it prevents the pipes from freezing.

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.

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