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Advantages of a Pre-Action Sprinkler System

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why Choose A Pre-action Sprinkler System For Your Business?

If your business contains valuable property and you need a fire sprinkler system that will function no matter the temperature in the building, a pre-action sprinkler system may be right for you. The last thing you want is a fire that you can’t suppress because the sprinkler pipes in your unheated structure have frozen. Pre-action sprinkler systems are recommended for many situations:

Working in Cold Environments

Pre-action sprinkler systems don’t store water in the pipes like wet pipe sprinkler systems, so there’s no chance of pipes freezing and bursting or just failing altogether. This makes these systems useful in unheated buildings and structures such as warehouses and parking garages.

Protecting Irreplaceable Contents

This type of fire suppression is ideal for buildings with irreplaceable water-sensitive contents such as archives, museums, libraries and places with valuable electrical equipment.

Avoiding False Alarms

Pre-action fire sprinkler systems involve a two-phase process, safeguarding against unnecessary activation. An independent detection system identifies smoke, heat and/or flames, which automatically opens the pre-action valve. This valve allows the release of water into the pipes. Then soldering in the individual sprinkler heads melts, triggering them to release water onto the fire. If a sprinkler head triggers first, it only sounds the alarm; no water enters the pipes until the detection system activates. You may also want to consider a double interlock pre-action system for an added layer of protection.

Preventing Water Damage

Because these systems don’t store water in the pipes, water won’t flow if a pipe or sprinkler head breaks. This means that they are much less likely to activate during natural disasters.

While a pre-action sprinkler system is more costly and requires more labor than other types of fire suppression systems, the peace of mind can be worth the extra expense. If your business in Peoria, AZ, contains priceless items or expensive equipment, you may want to invest in this type of fire sprinkler system. Should your business experience a fire, you can feel confident that fire damage restoration specialists can take care of all of your fire damage and fire sprinkler cleanup needs, leaving the building “Like it never even happened.”

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