You See Them In Offices, Shops, And Schools. However, 75% Of Fire-Related Deaths Are In-Home. It’s Time For A Change!.
Every year there are nearly 3000 fatalities and 15,000 injuries due to fires in the US alone. There were 500,000 residential fires reported and nearly $8 billion in damages. The average cost for the homeowners is anywhere between $5,000 to a whopping $75,000 for damages, and another $15,000 to $20,000 to replace all the items in the home.
And that’s not taking into consideration the amount of irreplaceable loss you can face, such as pictures, memorabilia, and precious-to-you items.
Why You Need Residential Fire Sprinkler System?
As we mentioned above, home fires can be devastating. Between loss, injury, and costs, it is just not worth it the risk. Especially when you consider how inexpensive and easy acquiring a fire sprinkler system is.
So how much does a residential fire sprinkler system cost?
It is so much cheaper to put in a sprinkler system than it is to repurchase home necessities such as furnishings, decor, etc. On average you are looking at about $1 per square foot (0.09 square meters) for your sprinkler system, compared to the $85 per SqFt for renovations/new items .
Let’s look at what type of sprinklers there are, and which one is best suited for your home.
Types Of Sprinklers & How They Work
Luckily technology has come a long way from the standard sprinkler systems we are so used too.
Pendant & Upright Sprinklers
These sprinkler heads are designed to be attached to the pipe – either above or below – and allow for a water stream to discharge against a small piece called a deflector. The deflector is the daisy looking disk, which helps disperse the water evenly on a wider surface area.
The pendant and upright sprinklers only difference is where they are located on the pipe. Upright being the top and pendant being below.
Alternatively, these can be hung on the walls of your home as well as your ceiling, the only difference therein is the name changes to sidewall sprinklers.
Coverage area can be from 100 SqFt (9.3 M) to 200 SqFt (18.6 M).
These are the new “it” sprinkler, especially for residential homes. With its flat head design and concealed plate addition, no one will know you even have sprinklers installed.
They are a sleek, secretive, and powerful asset that will not only protect your home but also increase the value.
Coverage area can be from 144 SqFt (13.4 M) to 360 SqFt (33.5 M).
Getting Sprinklers Installed
There are 4 different ways to install sprinkler systems. Let’s look at each one of these a little more in-depth.
A pre-action set-up has the water and compressed air already prepped in your sprinkler pipes. It consists of a two-trigger system to start the water flow. This allows you to be better safeguarded against malfunctions and false alarms triggering water flow for now reason.
A deluge sprinkler system is best suited for areas that would have flammable liquids, such as the kitchens. The sprinkler heads always remain open, your pipes are prepped with water and there is no air pressure allowing for a quick release.
Dry pipes use pressurized air to contain the water in the tank and only allows release once that pressure has been discharged. They are fast opening and quite powerful. These are most commonly used in warehouses where a larger area needs to be covered with more gusto.
As the name suggests, wet pipe systems always have water in them. This is beneficial because it is the quickest system to react as it doesn’t need to release any air or other triggers first. This is your go-to sprinkler system as it is also cost-efficient and low maintenance.
In our opinion, this is the best choice for your home.
Taking Care Of Your Sprinklers
No matter which fire sprinkler system you chose, you can have the peace of mind that they are nearly maintenance-free.
It’s always a good idea to test every 5 years or so to make sure that the drains are opening properly and that the valves are still up to code. But for the most part, you can get about 25+ years out of your sprinkler system.
Tip: Make sure to keep your sensors and sprinklers unpainted and unobstructed. This will allow for a correct heat reading every time.
We’ve compiled a few fun facts about sprinkler systems that we think will help you make the smart decision of getting one.
Sprinklers Are Sensitive:
No, sprinklers don’t have feelings, they aren’t sensitive. They are highly advanced mini-computers that can tell the difference between burnt toast or extra-well-done steak and an actual fire threat.
With the use of smoke and heat sensors, you can rest assured your sprinklers won’t be going off when they aren’t needed.
In fact, there is only about a 1 in 16 million chance that there will be a malfunction.
The Whole House Will Be Flooded:
Despite former believes, your sprinkler system is intelligent enough to know which room in the house needs water. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about all the sprinklers going off and adding water damage to your list of worries.
Not to mention, firefighters’ hoses use anywhere from 125-250 gallons of water PER MINUTE, whereas your sprinkler system only uses 10-25 gallons per minute, and only 1 sprinkler is usually more than enough to put the fire out.
Sprinklers Are Ugly And Will Depreciate The Value Of My Home:
Sprinklers come in all sorts of styles, colors, and shapes now. No matter what eclectic taste you may have there is a sprinkler for you.
Not to mention, you can have them placed in a plethora of different ways to suit your home:
- Horizontal sidewall
- Vertical sidewall