Fire sprinklers is one of those things that you don’t want to spend money on before they actually become needed, and then you’ll be sorry that you didn’t get them. They serve a very valid purpose in helping protect your home against burning down and act the same way insurance does. You really want to have it in times of need, and we strongly urge you to not pass up on this opportunity to get your home better protected.
To get them installed, you’ll need to get the help of fire sprinkler contractors near you that can help you and make sure they’re properly installed for that very specific time when they’re meant to go off.
If you’re inside a big building, you may not be able to notice that there’s a fire in another part of the building and sprinklers may be the difference between you getting out and not. At best, they’ll be able to put out the fire and even if they do not, they can help in giving you valuable time to get out of the building and out of harm’s way.
They should be installed in the whole building to make sure everyone’s safe. When the fire sprinklers go off, you’ll know it’s time to get out of the building and quickly.
Fire sprinkler companies are the right people to call when you want to improve the safety aspects of your building.
When you’ve decided it’s time to have them installed, you can use the form at the top of this page to get quotes from competing contractors which will also make sure you don’t end up paying too much for the project. Getting the input and quotes from competing contractors is also the safest way to make sure you get the solution installed that works best for you.
Requirements for Sprinklers
While your residential or commercial structure may not be required to have sprinklers, it’s one of those initiatives where it is better to get than not to, simply because of their ability to protect lives and property. While water leaks may cause damage to property, it sure beats having the entire structure burn down to the ground.
What you need to know is that the requirements for sprinklers depends on the local as well as state-wide regulations, and some states have much stricter regulations than others do.
Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirements
Are fire sprinklers required in new homes? That’s a question we get asked on the regular as well as when fire sprinklers are required in general.
We would be lying if we said it’s easy to keep track of the residential fire sprinkler requirements across different states, since many of them have very different requirements.
For instance at current time, Washington DC, California and Maryland all require fire sprinklers in new homes that are built, while Arkansas, Colorado, Florida and others may on a local level require their installation in residential homes. At the same time, Alaska prohibits local jurisdictions from requiring installation. Arizona is the same way, although they chose to exempt Scottdale from this law since they introduced it a long time ago.
Delaware also allows local jurisdictions to make requirements, and Georgia has made amendments to the International Residential Code. In Illinois, roughly a 100 local communities have chosen to make local regulations concerning fire sprinklers.
As you can see, the rules and regulations are ever-changing and unless you live in one of the states that has state-wide requirements, you will need to figure out what requirements exist on a local level. Luckily for you, fire sprinkler system contractors will know what those requirements are and can help you make sure you live up to them.
Commercial Fire Sprinkler Requirements
When are fire sprinklers required in commercial buildings? Again a question that we commonly get asked, and again one that may not be extremely easy to immediately answer.
California requires fire sprinklers to be installed in commercial buildings that are being built as well as buildings with planned additions, but again, the different states have different requirements. To get the most accurate information, you’re best off using the form at the top of the page to get help or contact your local building department and ask them the specific questions.
Generally speaking the commercial requirements for fire sprinklers are more strict than those for residential homes since it affects more people at the same time, which makes a lot of sense.
Types of Fire Sprinklers to Consider
As well as keeping track of the different state-wide and local regulations, you will also want to familiarize yourself with the different fire sprinklers available to you so that you make the best decision. Alternatively, you can simply ask the contractor for their recommendation, and they’ll make sure that you have the right option installed as a consequence.
By getting to know the different options and their respective advantages, you’re setting yourself up for success in advance of your project. There are more main types that are good to know about for you. You may also have a preference for one of these types over another.
- Pre-action fire sprinkler
The pre-action fire sprinkler is common in settings where it is very important that it does not go off on accident, which is why they’re commonly used in libraries and places where accidentally opening up the water valves would be extremely expensive to have happen. That also includes data centers handling valuable data that is required to be online at all times.
The method for putting out or delaying a fire is water and for it to get triggered, there needs to be two separate triggers to activate the system. Some equipment is not easily replaced, including rare books and having an entire library accidentally get sprayed with water would be devastating.
In addition to water, there’s also pressurized air that will be escaping through the valves in case they need to put out a fire. This will happen before the water is let out.
- Dry pipe
Different, while still similar to the previously mentioned type since they also use pressurized air prior to the water exiting. These are more common in building in the north because their setup is intended to help prevent the pipes from freezing. One minute of pressurized air will be let out prior to any water coming out. The flow of water can increase in order to accommodate the need for faster flowing water in buildings where that’s needed.
If you live in an area with a higher likelihood that pipes freeze, which is especially due to harsh winters, you should be seriously considering this option. You don’t want to find out that the pipes leading the water to the incident was unable to get there because the pipes burst somewhere along the line.
- Wet pipe fire sprinkler
When you need instant water coming out of the system, this may be the one you want to go with giving that it always has water in its pipes. It’s often installed in high-rise buildings where sufficient water-pressure might be hard to get if you suddenly require large amounts of water.
Given that water is always present in these papers, you do not need to have pressurized air flowing through them first and as a consequence there will be less maintenance also. When there’s an instant need for a fire to be put out, these will act with the required urgency, although they’re more susceptible to bursting pipes too, which is an issue in colder climates.
High-rise buildings may not be able to get water into the necessary pipes sufficiently fast if there isn’t already water in them, which is why this type is very common in those cases. On higher floors where water-pressure is more often a challenge, the wet pipe fire sprinkler will still be able to have the fires put out or at least keep the fires under control until the tenants make it into safety.
Assuming that the pipes don’t burst, this system is very low maintenance.
By needing a smoke or heat detector for them to be activated, they’re much like the first system we talked about. If a fire is present, the system’s open nozzles can quickly be turned on and this type will thereby be able to act really fast.
If you have a lot of flammable liquids stored for whatever purpose, this is often the type of fire sprinkler that the contractor will end up recommending for you. You should ensure that there’s a sufficient amount of water available with this type of system and it may be needed for you to have additional water tanks installed as a consequence.
You want the system to be able to accommodate the needs arising from the valves opening and not simply running out of water.
By having read this article, you’ll be able to have more meaningful conversation with the contractor once you start talking with contractors, and you’ll thereby also have the best possible defense should a fire break out. Fires have no mercy and they will start burning whatever flammable objects or liquids it can get to, and it’s good to be prepared.
The size of the structure where it will be going into as well as its vertical features will influence the decision you make, and you should be sure that you actually set aside a sufficiently big budget that it covers all of the building. Not only should you get the system installed as per the best practice suggestions, it’s also important to have it inspected periodically so that you know it will work when it has to.
Getting Quotes From Contractors
Now that you’ve learned how it can help keep you safe, you can take active measures to ensure that it’s also installed at the appropriate cost to you as either the homeowner or building manager.
To ensure that you’re not paying too much for the project, you should get quotes from competing contractors that can help you. When you fill out the form at the top of the page, we’ll match your project with the most relevant contractors in your area that will then reach out to you to learn more about it before providing you with quotes.
Filling out the form only takes 2 minutes and is free for you to do. Even after receiving the quotes, there’s no obligation for you to sign with any of them and you can just say no for whatever reason if you do not wish to proceed with any of the contractors. It’s that easy. What are you waiting for?