Fire sprinklers are an important aspect of fire safety and protection!
Did you know that toxic fumes or fatal conditions can be generated in as little as two minutes of a small fire breaking out? Imagine that in an industrial environment, or even worse, a residential home.
Investing in a proper fire sprinkler system can save lives and property if an emergency breaks out, reducing injury and fire damage to your property. Consult a professional engineer – like us! – to install the proper sprinkler system for your home or industrial office.
Things to Ensure Before Installation
- Check your water pressure
A fire sprinkler system will be easier to install if you have just the right amount of pressure from your local water supply. We recommend a pressure of 100PSI! Without sufficient water pressure, you may need to invest in an additional water storage tank and pump to supply water to the sprinkler system for emergencies.
- Check the building temperature
Determine which system suits your commercial or residential building. The most common type of fire sprinkler system is a wet pipe system, where water is released through the pipes right on command. However in colder climates or buildings, a dry pipe system is used instead – these pipes are filled with gas first to hold the water system back. This is to prevent frozen pipes!
There are also pre-action systems and deluge systems that are more complicated and require in-depth events like smoke detectors to trigger the water system. Read all about it in our blog about the different kinds of fire sprinkler systems!
How A System Is Installed
- Piping will run the water from the supply across the ceiling to the sprinkler system. These pipes are similar to PVC pipes, but are stronger and more heat-resistant than them. The sprinkler system is carefully mapped with these pipes, using only pipe cement to secure them in place. These pipes are then attached to the ceiling or walls with galvanised pipe straps.
- Once the sprinkler heads are installed, protective cages are set in place to prevent external damage or accidents. Sprinkler systems can sometimes be accidentally triggered, especially with low ceilings.
- Drilling and piping will continue as necessary to install the sprinkler system on multiple floors. It should be noted that installation needs to avoid any electrical wiring and, and exposed piping might have to be covered in proper insulation.
- Once everything is installed in place, the PEs in charge will pressurise the system and perform a leak test to check for flaws. After this, your building should be relatively fire safe – however don’t forget to always practice vigilance and be aware of potential fire hazards around you!
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