One of the best ways to protect your family from fire is to install a fire sprinkler system in your home. Some people still believe sprinkler systems are best suited for commercial buildings. There are a couple of misconceptions about sprinklers that lead to this idea. It is our goal to dispel a few misconceptions about residential sprinklers.
Residential Fire sprinklers are easy to maintain
Not at all, actually commercial fire sprinklers tend to be more complicated than residential fire sprinklers but require more maintenance. Residential sprinklers are typically simpler in design but they need constant care. Regular flow tests (monthly is recommended) and visual inspections of the control valve are required. You also want to ensure that none of the sprinklers have been painted.
They Are Activated By Your Smoke Alarm
There is no truth to this. Smoke alarms may occasionally go off in your home, but they do not activate the sprinklers (as you see on TV). They are activated by heat, not smoke. To detect a fire early, you need smoke detectors.
All Your Possessions Will Be Soaked By Residential Fire Sprinklers
Sprinkler systems are activated by heat, which ties in with our last point. The intense heat of the fire will activate a sprinkler when it is located in an area with a fire. Sprinklers will not activate in areas without a fire. Most houses only have one fire sprinkler that will activate during a fire. That is because typically a fire can be controlled by just one sprinkler. Damage is therefore limited to one area of the home.
They Are Unattractive
One of the most common complaints is this. Sprinklers in commercial buildings can be obtrusive and unattractive. Residential sprinklers, however, are quite different. The sprinklers in residential buildings can be recessed or semi recessed. They are barely noticeable because the covers match the color of the ceiling. As soon as the sprinkler senses heat, the cover plate will pop off, and the sprinkler will activate. Sprinklers are an essential part of any home since they prevent fires and save lives.
Fire Protection Services from White Palms Fire
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial or residential building, we have you covered. Our company has been protecting property and people from fire damage and our excellent work shows in our experience. We are known for our superior customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. Give us a call today so we can help you with all of the commercial or residential fire sprinkler system needs.