If you own a building in the Houston, Texas area and want to keep it protected from fire, there is a wide variety of sprinkler systems to choose from. Each sprinkler system carries different advantages and disadvantages depending on the setting. If you need help choosing the best type of fire sprinkler for your building, call Kauffman Co. today!
Wet pipe fire sprinkler systems, also called early suppression fast response systems, were designed in 1990 as a way to put out fires with high pressure water. Wet pipe fire sprinklers can sense heat up to 50% faster than other types of sprinkler heads and can release water to stop the fire even before the firefighters arrive. These sprinkler systems are known as “wet pipe” sprinkler systems because the water sits in the pipe until it is ready to be used. Wet pipe sprinkler systems are most commonly used in large buildings and warehouses and in warm areas where there is a lower risk of pipes freezing.
Dry pipe fire sprinkler systems do not hold water in the pipes. Instead, the pipes are filled with pressurized air while the water sits in a reservoir which is located in a control room in your building. Heat from a fire causes a valve to open and release the water. Dry pipe sprinkler systems are best suited for colder areas where water could easily freeze inside sprinkler pipes.
Foam sprinkler systems hold a mixture of foam and water and creates a foam spray when activated. Foam sprinkler systems are commonly used in situations where water is not suitable to put out flames, including electrical installations or flammable liquid storage areas.
Water spray fire sprinkler systems are not designed to extinguish fires. Instead, they are designed simply to control them using a fine mist of water droplets. The purpose of these types of extinguishers is to prevent the fire from spreading to other flammable surfaces while at the same time protecting the objects in the room from water damage.
Deluge fire sprinkler systems use heat detecting coils to detect fires. In response to a fire, all sprinkler heads in the deluge sprinkler system release water. Deluge sprinkler systems also have manual release systems that allow them to be set off by a lever. Once the valves of a deluge sprinkler system are open, they can only be closed again using pliers at the mainframe, usually located in a basement or utility room.
Not sure which type of fire sprinkler system is right for your Houston, Texas building? Kauffman Co. can provide you with the installation, repair, replacement and maintenance services you need to keep your building’s occupants safe. If you are ready to install a new fire sprinkler system in your building, call Kauffman Co. today!
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