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What To Know About Fire Sprinklers and How They Work

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Factory roof structure and automatic fire protection in building system Fire sprinkler system in a Rosedale, TX business

There are a number of sprinkler systems for commercial buildings out there. If your thinking about updating your fire sprinkler system at your Rosedale, TX, business then there are a few things you may want to know.

There Are Different Types

When it comes to a fire suppression system there are several different types. These include

  • Dry Systems
  • Wet Systems
  • Pre-action Systems
  • Deluge Systems
  • Foaming Systems.

Knowing which system is included in your business is as important as having a suppression system as they can work in several different ways.

They Can Work Several Ways

A fire sprinkler system can work in several ways depending on the system type. Most systems are heat activated and triggered when a seal around the sprinkler head melts allowing it to release suppressant over the flames. Most systems release only over the affected area while a deluge system can release across the entire installation. Depending on system type this suppressant can be water, a chemical suppressant used in areas where water could freeze, or a foam suppressant which is useful in properties that may contain highly flammable substances. Some systems can even use multiple types of suppressant. If the sprinklers to release you can contact a local fire damage restoration service for a fire sprinkler cleanup.

Placement is Important

In most cases a sprinkler system should be located up high near or on the ceiling. This is because they are heat triggered and a high location will allow them to be set off in time to suppress the fire. It’s also important to ensure that the sprinkler heads are not obstructed by beams, trusses, security cameras, lighting, fans, or anything else.
When upgrading your company's fire sprinkler system consider which type will be best for your company. Also consider where the best place to locate each sprinkler head is. Remember, if there is an emergency and the sprinklers go off, a local restoration service can help with the cleanup.

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