Having a functional fire sprinkler system in place is essential to preventing deaths and keeping your property safe. In fact, a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association found that buildings with sprinklers had an 87% lower rate of death than buildings without. Once you’ve chosen to install a fire sprinkler system, deciding between a wet or dry fire sprinkler is the next decision you’ll have to make. Here’s what you need to know about these two types of systems and how Allstate Sprinkler can help you with installation.
Understanding the Difference Between Dry and Wet Fire Sprinkler Systems
Wet and dry sprinkler systems are designed to suppress fires, but function in different ways. In a wet system, the sprinkler heads are directly connected to pipes containing pressurized water. When a fire is detected, the sprinkler head(s) fuse and the system automatically goes off with an immediate release of water to put down the fire. Wet sprinkler systems are very practical for most facilities and offer the quickest type of fire protection. These systems need to be inspected and tested as per NFPA25 in order for them to function as designed.
Similar to a wet system, the sprinkler heads associated with a dry system are also directly connected to piping, however, the piping in a dry sprinkler system is filled with pressurized nitrogen or air that holds back the water pressure at a main control location. When a fire is detected, the relevant sprinkler head(s) will fuse and the air pressure in the pipes is depleted thereby allowing the water pressure to override the air pressure and fill the network of piping with water. Water will then find its way to the fused sprinkler heads and put down the fire below.
Dry sprinkler systems are ideal for areas that often experience temperatures below 40 degrees fahrenheit, such as:
• Parking garages.
• Buildings and warehouses without adequate heat.
• Facilities with exterior, exposed areas that need to have fire protection.
A dry fire sprinkler is a great design option for cold areas because water will not be stagnating inside the pipes and therefore cannot freeze. Dry systems, alongside pre-action equipment, are also ideal for areas that contain delicate equipment to ensure that these areas are not damaged by accidental water discharge unless a true fire situation is taking place.
How Allstate Sprinkler Can Help
At Allstate Sprinkler, we’re committed to helping you with all your fire sprinkler needs. With over 50 years of industry experience, our team will evaluate your building’s needs and design a system that is cost-effective and meets various requirements. Once the engineered plans are approved by the city and successfully installed, we conduct thorough testing and inspections to ensure that the system is in working order and ready to function as designed..
If you’re looking for a reliable fire sprinkler company in New York City, Allstate Sprinkler is your most trusted choice. As NYC’s premier fire sprinkler company for installation, repairs, testing and inspections, we always put your facilities’ needs and budget first. Call us today for a free estimate.