Fire sprinklers are essential for saving lives and putting out fires quickly while minimizing water damage. Many times, fire sprinklers can douse a blaze without help from firefighters, but not always. When a fire breaks out in the middle of the night while the building is vacant, the last thing you want is to arrive the next morning to a thoroughly fire-damaged building.
Fire sprinkler water flow monitoring services from Kauffman Co. can prevent this scenario. As a leading fire protection company in Houston, TX, you can trust us to put our 40 years of experience to work for you.
Read on to learn how water flow monitoring can benefit your business. Then call us at (713) 893-1090 to learn about our multiple year discounts on monitoring services.
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Contrary to popular belief, fire sprinklers are triggered by heat, not smoke. They feature a temperature-sensitive bulb that shatters at no lower than 155 degrees F. With the bulb out of the way, water flows freely, dousing the fire below.
This heat-triggered activation means only one sprinkler head goes off at a time, protecting your building from fire without introducing an overabundance of water. In a vast majority of fires, the flames are completely doused by just one or two sprinkler heads.
This type of fire protection monitoring relies on a water flow detector. This electro-mechanical device measures the flow of water through a fire sprinkler system’s pipes. Usually, the water sits stagnant, but when a sprinkler head activates in a fire, or a leak develops in the system, water starts moving. When the water flow detector senses a flow greater than 10 gallons per minute, it sends a signal to the fire alarm panel and/or the fire department.
As a result, the fire alarm goes off when a sprinkler head engages, even if smoke detectors haven’t sensed the flames yet. The fire department also receives a notification to dispatch to your building immediately.
This is beneficial in an emergency, especially if the fire starts outside regular business hours. It’s also an effective way to remain aware of leaks in the system that could be causing water damage somewhere in the building.
The International Code Council (ICC) sets parameters for fire sprinkler water flow monitoring. It’s a common requirement in many jurisdictions. ICC has also established exceptions to the rules.
For instance, small automatic sprinkler systems with fewer than 20 sprinkler heads don’t require monitoring. Systems that comply with NFPA 13R, along with those that feature sealing or locking valves, are also exempt. Kauffman Co. can help you determine if fire sprinkler water flow monitoring is required in your building.
Kauffman Co. is known for being one of the most reliable fire sprinkler companies in Houston. We have designed our services to provide a one-stop shop for all your fire protection needs. In addition to water flow monitoring, let our certified, licensed, and highly trained technicians design, install, inspect, test, and repair your fire sprinkler system.
For more information, or if you’re interested in securing a discounted rate on long-term fire sprinkler water flow monitoring, please contact Kauffman Co. today at (713) 893-1090.
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