Whether you are building a new facility or updating your old one with a new fire sprinkler system, you are going to need new sprinkler heads. While there are four different types of sprinkler heads to choose from, each head is different and deserves your consideration. Let’s take a look at each of these sprinkler heads and how they work.
How Do Fire Sprinkler Heads Work?
A typical sprinkler head consists of a plug, a glass ampule or other trigger mechanism, a deflector, cap, and a frame. When a fire is detected by the trigger mechanism, the glycerin-based liquid inside expands breaking the tube. Once the ampule breaks, the plug is forced out by the pressurized water and the water is released. The water flows out of the cap and hits the deflector plate, dispersing water into the room to extinguish the fire.
Pendant heads are the most common sprinkler heads because of their coverage. These heads extend from the ceiling to provide you with as much coverage as possible. When activated, these heads spray a stream of water downward onto the deflector.
An upright sprinkler head sits on top of the water pipes and sprays the water upwards toward the deflector. Although it looks like a pendant head, this head should not be placed upside down.
Sidewall sprinkler heads come out of the wall to protect small rooms and hallways from fires. A sidewall head has a fan-shaped deflector to disperse the water to the areas below. These heads are generally used in special areas that are not large enough for regular sprinkler heads.
Fire damage can be up to 78 percent less in structures with working fire sprinkler systems. These systems can help save your business from fire damage. For more information on installing new sprinkler systems in your business, call Fireline today!
Choosing a Sprinkler Head with Fireline
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.