Is your business prepared for a fire?
It doesn’t take long for a fire to engulf your business. Everything can go up in flames in the time that it takes for first responders to arrive at the scene. That’s why it’s important to have a properly operating fire sprinkler system to douse an active fire or keep the flames at bay until firefighters can fully extinguish it. A functional sprinkler system can be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a catastrophic business loss.
Contrary to what the names might suggest, wet and dry sprinkler systems both use water to extinguisher the fire, the main difference is how the system causes the water to flow out of the sprinkler heads. A wet sprinkler system is pretty simple: heat opens the sprinkler heads and water automatically discharges from them. The system’s pipes contain water and are connected to a water supply which allows the system to work immediately once the heat triggers it.
A dry sprinkler system is a little more complex. In a dry system, the pipes contain air, or rather nitrogen under pressure. This pressure holds back water, much like someone’s finger over a running hose keeps the water from coming out, even though it is trying to flow. The air pressure works like someone’s finger over the hose, until heat pops the sprinkler head. Once the head opens, the pressure is released and the water is sent flowing through the pipes. It does not work instantaneously like the wet system, but is a much better option for areas susceptible to freezing temperatures, where wet systems often freeze and damage pipes.