When it comes to fire protection for your commercial building, you will want to be sure you have the best possible solutions in place. Knowing what options are available is important. Deluge systems and pre-action systems are two less commonly known types of sprinkler systems available in commercial applications. Here’s what you should know about them.
Deluge Fire Protection Systems
Deluge systems are dry systems that have open sprinkler heads, but the pipe is not pressurized with air. The deluge system is connected to a smoke detection system. When activated it opens, and water is discharged through all the sprinkler heads.
The deluge fire protection system will use all of the available sprinkler heads in the area it is placed. That’s why these systems are best used in wide-open spaces where fires need to be flooded. Some example locations include:
- Airport hangars;
- Industrial plants;
- Chemical processing plants.
Pre-Action Fire Protection Systems
Pre-action fire protection systems, on the other hand, use both wet and dry components to control and extinguish fires. The pipes serving pre-action systems are constantly filled with highly-compressed air, but the sprinkler heads are left closed. This is the major difference between the two systems because, in the deluge systems, the sprinkler heads are left open. Until it is activated, this system is a dry one.
Once it activates, it will release water. The activation is caused when a smoke detection system identifies a fire hazard. Then once the piping fills with water, creating a wet pipe system. Lastly, the individual closed sprinkler heads over the fire will open to release water to extinguish the fire in the targeted area. Pre-action fire protection systems are commonly found in commercial buildings such as:
- Art galleries;
- Data Centers and other data storage facilities.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and properties from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our wonderful customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.