How to Choose the Right Sprinkler System for Your Commercial Building

When it comes to fire protection in commercial buildings, choosing the right sprinkler system is crucial. The type of system you select can greatly impact the safety of your facility and its occupants. In this guide, we will explore three common types of sprinkler systems — wet-pipe, dry-pipe, and pre-action — to help you make an informed decision for your commercial building. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of a fire protection system for your building, contact us today!

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Wet-pipe Sprinkler Systems

Wet-pipe sprinkler systems are the most common type of fire protection system. They are simple, reliable, and cost-effective. These systems consist of a network of pipes filled with water, ready to discharge at the first sign of a fire. When a sprinkler head detects heat from a fire, it opens and water is immediately released onto the flames. Wet-pipe systems are ideal for buildings with a low risk of freezing and where quick response time is critical.

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Dry-pipe Sprinkler Systems

Dry-pipe sprinkler systems are designed for buildings where freezing temperatures are a concern. Unlike wet-pipe systems, dry-pipe systems are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen instead of water. When a fire is detected, the air pressure is released, allowing water to flow through the sprinkler heads and extinguish the fire. These systems are particularly suitable for unheated areas such as storage facilities or parking garages.

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Pre-action Sprinkler Systems

Pre-action sprinkler systems are often used in facilities with sensitive or valuable equipment, such as data centers or museums. These systems incorporate both detection and activation elements. Before water is discharged from the sprinkler heads, a fire detection system must confirm the presence of a fire. This extra layer of protection helps to minimize water damage caused by false alarms or accidental activation. Pre-action systems are highly customizable and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your commercial building.

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Factors to Consider

When deciding on the appropriate sprinkler system for your commercial building, consider factors such as the building's unique characteristics, occupancy type, and potential risks. Consulting with a knowledgeable fire protection expert, such as MLN Company's Fire Protection division, can be invaluable in this process.

Our team of NICET-certified designers will carefully assess your facility's requirements and recommend the most suitable system for optimal fire safety. Contact us today to get started.

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