There is a wide variety of sprinkler systems that reduce the risks and effects of fire. A fire sprinkler system generally suppresses a fire, while others control it until firefighters arrive. When a fire occurs, fire sprinkler systems release water that extinguishes it.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a sprinkler system for a facility, such as a leakage risk. There is a risk of leaks with every water-based fire sprinkler system. Water-filled pipes can expose sensitive materials, processes, or equipment, so a facility with hydrophobic contents is likely to install a pre-action system. The installation of wet pipe systems is generally appropriate for facilities with a low-risk rating, such as warehouses and offices.
If no corrosion control program is implemented, fire sprinkler systems will corrode and develop leaks due to the materials used in construction. It is important to consider fire sprinkler maintenance and installation as an asset you should protect.
To minimize corrosion risk, you must understand the type of system used at your facility. Additionally, it would be best if you understood how corrosion leaks from fire sprinklers could negatively impact your business’s operations and maintenance expenses, as well as its property damage.
Fire Sprinkler System Working Process
The installation of a sprinkler system is an excellent example of how releasing excessive amounts of water and stressing the water supply unnecessarily can cause significant damage to your property. Most fire sprinkler systems are designed so that sprinklers function individually, rather than all discharging simultaneously, as in Hollywood films. As a result, fire sprinkler systems discharge only the water required to suppress or control a fire.
Using fire sprinklers to control fires at their very infancy is the most effective way to prevent fires from spreading and resulting in property damage or serious bodily injury. Fire departments often take hours to respond to a sprinkler activated in less than a minute. Fire sprinklers alone control 96% of fires in buildings with complete fire sprinkler systems.
Water supply lines, supply piping, and fire sprinklers are the main components of fire sprinkler systems. The majority of systems obtain their water supply from municipal sources. However, some may receive it from storage tanks or natural sources like lakes and ponds.
The vast majority of fire sprinkler networks are made of metal pipes, though plastic pipes might be used in less hazardous installations, like single-family or multi-family homes. Sprinklers are installed at regular intervals throughout the piping network. They operate when the temperature of the air reaches a specific level.