Wet Pipe Sprinklers

The most common type of fire sprinkler system is the wet pipe variety. This system is under constant water pressure and the pipes are always filled with water, so it’s constantly ready for a fire emergency. With a wet pipe system a sprinkler will burst open under intense heat, which activates the release of water. Water discharges over the hot spot, preventing fire, smoke or heat from spreading. It often only takes one sprinkler to fully extinguish a fire.

Wet pipe sprinkler system for your high-rise or office building

Because stagnant water is present at the location of every sprinkler in a wet pipe system, there is no delay in the release of the water to the affected areas, which means the second a sprinkler is activated, the fire is immediately suppressed. This is crucial in environments that are densely populated by people. High-rise and office buildings often require that a wet pipe system be installed for the most reliable protection against fire, drastically reducing the chance that a fire will grow out of control.

Design and engineering for new systems

While the wet pipe system is the most common type, every building is different, which means the design and engineering of a wet pipe system will differ from building to building. Some buildings formerly used as warehouses that have since been converted into offices or apartments will require an entirely new system. This means the contractor needs to have the experience necessary to work in difficult and/or unique spaces. Only trust an experienced design-and-build team to assist you with your wet pipe system.

Advantages and disadvantages to using a wet pipe fire sprinkler system

The most frequently raved about aspect of the wet pipe system is that they are simple and reliable. There aren’t that many parts to this system compared to others, which means there is less possibility for malfunction. They are also cost efficient to install and have little cost related to maintenance. Following a fire, many systems will take a lot of work to get them up and ready for another emergency, but wet pipe systems are easily reset.

On the down side, wet pipe systems can’t be used in areas of the building that aren’t heated because during the winter months the water in the pipes will freeze and rupture. Any unheated portion of a building must be fitted with a dry pipe system, which is filled with air instead of water. Some areas that might need a dry pipe system may include an outdoor overhang structure like a docking area or unheated attic.

Despite the fact that wet pipe systems are quite common and low maintenance, they aren’t without flaw, especially as they age. These particular systems aren’t very complex, so repairs are usually quite affordable and can be completed quickly to minimize downtime.

Choose a cost efficient and low maintenance wet pipe system

At Valley Fire Protection, we’ve designed, built and installed many wet pipe systems, which means we get it done right, on time and on budget. Furthermore, with a correctly installed system, little to no maintenance is required. We’ll maintain your wet pipe system to ensure the fire pumps are working, valves are maintained, water flow is functional and fire department connections are aligned. Contact us today to talk about designing and building your wet pipe system.

What is a Hydrostatic Test

If you have a fire protection system in your facility, you are likely no stranger to all the tests required to keep it maintained. A hydrostatic test is just another one of those tests. We will discuss what the hydrostatic test is and why it is so important.

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Fire Protection for Government Buildings

Fire protection for government buildings, just like any other building, needs the correct systems in place. They serve to protect the lives of the people inside as well as the property. Ensuring you have the proper maintenance done can help you avoid disruptions like an unexpected leak.

High-rise Building Fire Safety

With so many people living and working in cities like Chicago, we should expect serious high-rise building fire safety precautions. With a growing population and taller skylines come challenges to keep people safe. The danger with high-rise buildings is the potential for it to spread vertically.

College Campus Fire Protection Tips

College is often where young people are living away from home for the first time. So, college campus fire protection tips are not always on kids minds. According to a study done by the U.S. Fire Administration, fatal fires in on-campus dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and off-campus housing were mostly caused by smoking. Of course, there are other reasons for fire on campus, so keep in mind a few college campus fire protection tips, and your chances will decrease.

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