There are 4 common types of fire sprinkler systems that can be used to save lives and protect your property. The type of fire sprinkler system that is installed in your facility will vary depending on the type of application you have and the hazards you need to protect. Fire sprinklers are one of the most effective and common forms of fire protection. The 4 most common types of fire sprinkler systems are:
- Wet Pipe Fire Sprinklers
- Dry Pipe Fire Sprinklers
- Deluge Systems
- Pre-action Sprinklers
Wet Pipe Fire Sprinklers
Wet pipe fire sprinkler systems are the traditional and most common type of sprinkler system. This type of system is called a wet sprinkler because water is contained within the sprinkler pipes. A wet pipe sprinkler system is a great option for applications in need of a simple, basic fire protection system. It is a versatile option that works well in a wide variety of applications, and they are easy to install and maintain.
Dry Pipe Fire Sprinklers
A dry pipe sprinkler system differs from a wet pipe system because the pipes do not contain water. The pipes contain either pressurized air or nitrogen. The water is held back from entering the pipes until a fire is detected and the system is activated. Dry pipe sprinkler systems are a great option for applications that have freezing temperatures such as unheated warehouses.
Deluge Sprinkler Systems
Deluge sprinkler systems are typically installed in high hazard facilities because they can discharge a high volume of water on a fire quickly. In a deluge fire sprinkler system, the sprinkler heads are open at all times. The pipes do not contain water and the water is held back by a valve until a fire is detected. When a fire occurs, the valve will open, water will flow through the pipes and through all the open sprinkler heads to release a total flood and suppress the fire.
Pre-Action Sprinkler Systems
A pre-action sprinkler system requires a two-step process to activate. In a pre-action system, the sprinkler pipes are dry, and water is held back by a pre-action valve. When a fire is detected, the pre-action valve opens and water flows into the sprinkler pipes. Next, each fire sprinkler head must be activated and opened individually to release water onto the affected area. This type of sprinkler system is a great option for water sensitive environments because they have a reduced risk of accidental activation.
Davis-Ulmer Provides Service for Fire Sprinkler Systems
Davis-Ulmer Fire Protection designs, installs, inspects, and repairs fire sprinkler systems. Our technicians have experience working with all types of sprinkler systems including wet pipe, dry pipe, deluge, and pre-action systems. We can install the type of system that works the best for your application and provide service to help keep your systems compliant and fully functional. To learn more about our services, contact us today!