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All residential and commercial buildings should have measures of protection in place against smoke and fire. One example of an excellent preventative measure is installing a fire sprinkler system. However, many people struggle to choose a fire sprinkler that best fits their needs.

Pre-Action Fire Sprinklers

One example of a type of fire sprinkler system is pre-action. The pre-action fire sprinkler allows water and air to pass through when the smoke detector or alarm goes off. The purpose of this type of system is to require two different triggers before water flow begins. The main advantage of pre-action fire sprinklers is that it prevents water flow in the event of mechanical failure or a false alarm. The pre-action system is best for areas where the sprinklers should only be used if there is a fire. That way, accidental sprinkling does not cause significant water damage. The pre-action fire sprinklers are best for buildings like data centers and libraries.

Dry Pipe Fire Sprinklers

Another type of fire sprinkler is the dry pipe. There are many similarities between the dry pipe and the pre-action fire sprinkler systems. The dry pipe requires pressurized air to exit the pipes before water can escape. This leads to a delay in the discharge of water. The use of dry pipe fire sprinklers is ideal for buildings with lower temperatures. This type of system features a fast opening mechanism that gets rid of the pressurized air and speeds up the discharge of the water.

Wet Pipe Fire Sprinklers

The pipes of a wet pipe fire sprinkler system contain water at all times. This ensures a fast reaction in the event of fire. This is the most common type of sprinkler system that is installed in buildings. This type of fire sprinkler system is ideal for office buildings and high-rise buildings.

There are many different fire sprinkler systems to choose from. For more information about what type of fire suppression system is best for you, don't hesitate to contact us.