Importance of installing Fire Sprinkler Systems at your Home

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Fire Protection: A fire sprinkler system is a fire protection system that can be fitted into larger buildings or homes. Fire sprinkler heads are connected to a fire suppression system that is made up out of pipes fitted with sprinkler heads throughout a building. Larger the fire sprinkler systems can also equipped with a fire pump. These systems were originally designed for business spaces but are now also available for homes for a cost-effective price.

Although most people seem to associate fire sprinkler systems with businesses and luxury homes, the truth is that all homes should have them installed if feasible. Nearly 5,000 people die every year because of the smoke inhalation attributed to or directly due to a home fire. The Fires can start for many different reasons and spread like wildfire inside of a home within a matter of minutes. One major form of prevention to keep lives and property safe is the installation of fire sprinklers. Below are the step by step instructions for installing such a system.

Determine what type of fire sprinkler system is appropriate for your type of home. This will require some research and study. Speak with local fire departments and other experts in the field to get recommendations about which systems to explore. Gather the information on at least two or three different systems and read through it thoroughly before making a final decision.

Decide where in the home to install the sprinklers. For some homes, it may not be feasible or affordable to install sprinklers in each room. When that is the case, it is imperative to determine where the sprinklers are likely to have the best impact and prevent the most damage. Measure to determine how much CPVC pipe will be needed based on the sprinkler layout. Allow for extra piping in the event of mistakes or pipe damage.

Then, Find out about any local codes that might be established with fire sprinkler systems. Such codes will need to be either met or exceeded. Identify a professional who can help or guide you through the process if you run into problems. If financially feasible, it might even be a good idea to hire a professional to do the job for you. Whether he acts merely as a consultant or does the installation, an expert can assure that the system is installed properly with the minimal amount of inconvenience and destruction or reconstruction of the home.

Try to Determine the sprinkler system pipes will be run as well as exactly where within a room, sprinkler heads will be located. Plan access for every room, even those that you essentially assume that pipes will not be installed there. The Plans may change as the system is laid out or sprinkler heads may be added at a later date.

Try to Figure out the city's water pressure is high enough to meet the sprinkler requirements. If not, it will be necessary to hook the system up to a private source like a well or a water storage tank with the right kind of pumping system. Decide how the sprinkler pipes will be connected to whatever water source is to be used. Have a backup plan in mind in the event that the first plan proves ineffective, or you run into problems that cannot be solved.

Installing the Fire Sprinkler System:

  • Cut out sections of the wall and the ceiling as necessary to expose the area where the new piping is to be run. Begin with the area where the piping will connect to the city water system, a well, or a water tank. If necessary, drill a hole through the sub-floor in order to access the area directly.
  • Run the CPVC pipe through the main prepared area so that the piping system can be connected properly to the water system. Begin connecting the CPVC pipelines through the walls or ceiling as laid out in the prepared plan, linking them to the joint connector installed. Use tees and elbow fittings as necessary to run the pipes as outlined. Make sure that all connections are watertight.
  • Install a nipple at the end of each pipe that is to be connected to the sprinkler head. Treat the head with pipe sealant, if the system recommends that, before the sprinkler head is finally connected.
  • Place a cage or cap over the sprinkler head if the system installed requires or recommends that method. Follow the instructions given in the sprinkler system.
  • Place insulation over the pipes if they are likely to be exposed to the elements, or otherwise be subject to cold temperatures below that for which they are made. If desired or recommended, place mesh or aluminum materials over the insulation and staple or otherwise tack it up or down in order to provide the proper amount of protection.
  • Call in a professional to leak test the system. Repair any leaks or problems before proceeding to the next step. Replace wall, ceiling or flooring removed in order to lay the piping and finish according to standard construction practices.

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This article was published on 2011/04/02