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.