Whether it’s about protecting your residential building, warehouse or office tower, fire sprinkler systems are both fire detection and control systems rolled into one, and thereby the most effective fire suppression system available. A Fire Sprinkler System provides an excellent fire safety solution by offering protection, as it suppresses fires with water. It works with a control that constantly monitors temperature and when there is an increase in temperature, the sprinklers are activated, releasing water that drowns out surrounding fires.
The design of a Fire Sprinkler System is simple; the water attachment is attached to a piping system and a water pump. The sprinkler is installed into the ceiling, with the water-spitting fixture on the inside of the room and the piping system between the ceiling and the roof. There are currently four types of fire sprinkler systems available. These are as follows:
Pre-action fire sprinkler systems are filled with air and water is allowed to pass through when the smoke alarm or detector goes off. This type of system requires two triggers to start water flow. It helps greatly that the pre-action fire sprinkler can be set to prevent water from spouting in case of a false alarm or a mechanical failure. The pre-action system is good for use in places where the sprinklers are only necessary when there is an actual fire, so other items in the building do not get water damage from an accidental sprinkling. Such buildings include museums, galleries, libraries and data centres. These places contain items of high value like electronics and goods damageable by water, such as books. Find out more about Pre-Action Sprinklers.
Dry pipe sprinklers are similar to pre-action systems as they use pressurised air in the pipe which exits before water escapes. This causes a minute delay in water discharge, but is ideal for buildings with low temperatures, so the pipes do not freeze. These fire sprinkler systems have a fast opening tool to get rid of the air and speed up the flow of water. This system is only suitable in cold climates. A good example would be a parking garage with very low overnight temperatures, no heating facilities.
Wet pipe fire sprinkler systems constantly have water in them. This allows for a quick reaction to a fire and is the most common type of sprinkler installed in buildings in Australia. Commonly found in high-rise or office building with a few floors. This fire sprinkler system is cos-efficient and low maintenance.
These types of fire sprinkler systems also need a smoke or heat detector, like the pre-action system. A deluge system has open nozzles that can be used when a hazard is present. When flammable liquids are spread across a floor, deluge fire sprinklers are good to have. In that case, buildings such as industrial parks and buildings with many tanks have deluge fire sprinkler systems installed.
Torvac Solutions can assess your property’s requirements, providing detailed designs suited to your building and local safety standards requirements. Looking at the building’s functionality, occupancy, spatial area and level of fire risk, Torvac’s engineers will tailor your sprinkler system to your needs.
Torvac Solutions technicians are highly trained experts in the installation of fire sprinkler systems and are totally compliant with Australian Standard AS2118. Australian standards required that you service your system at least once a year to ensure optimum functionality. Torvac Solutions can also repair and maintain all types of commercial, residential and industrial fire sprinklers. Having a sprinkler system guarding against fire can turn an otherwise potentially catastrophic event for your business into just a contained, minor mishap.