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Popular Types of Fire Sprinklers

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Learn more about different types of fire sprinklers you can utilize.

In the event of a fire, buildings that come with an efficient fire sprinkler system will reduce the damage caused by up to 60%, compared to buildings without them. Fire sprinklers will protect your business from the devastating aftermath of a fire, limiting the costs required for restoration.

Keep reading below to learn about the most popular types of sprinkler systems and how they work so you can find out which one will better suit the needs of your building and provide the best fire protection.

Pre-action Fire Sprinklers

The pipes of this type of fire sprinkler systems are filled with pressurized air, which will only allow water to flow after a fire alarm or detector activates the pre-action valve. Pre-action fire sprinklers electrically-operated valves will require two triggers before piping the water, which prevents the system from activating when a mechanical failure or a false alarm occurs.

Dry Pipe Fire Sprinklers

With pipes using pressurized air, this system is very similar to pre-action fire sprinklers. The main difference resides in the fact that dry pipe fire sprinklers include a fast-opening tool that eliminates the trapped air faster so the water flow can speed up through the pipes and respond faster to a fire threat.

Wet Pipe Fire Sprinklers

These are the most popular type of fire sprinklers for commercial buildings. As the name indicates, this type of system allows water to be constantly in the pipes, which can provide a faster reaction. Wet pipe fire sprinklers are fairly low maintenance and the most cost-effective option on this list.

Deluge Fire Sprinklers

This system needs to work in tandem with heat, flame or smoke detection devices, which will activate the water flow when set off. Deluge fire sprinklers feature open nozzles that offer great defense in scenarios where flammable substances could be spilled across the floor. Industrial parks and buildings can greatly benefit from using this system.


Different fire sprinklers will operate in specific ways, so making sure you have the right system for your commercial or industrial building can make the difference between a minor accident or an irreparable disaster. Contact an expert team, and they will help you choose the best option for your business.

Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!

Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region, which is now a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company. As a full-service fire protection company, we offer design, fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and inspection of fire protection systems. Everything you need from your fire suppression specialist.

For more information, please email or call our Odenton location at 410-674-7041, our Ashburn location at 703-729-5150, or for service/maintenance Chesapeake Protection Services at 410-674-7577. For emergencies, call 800-298-3473 (FIRE). Feel free to keep in touch through FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn!

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