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Wet Pipe vs. Dry Pipe Fire Sprinkler Systems

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Wet pipe fire sprinkler systems are just one of the systems you can choose to install in your property.

Fire suppression systems are one of the most important safety systems you will ever need to install in your building, with fire sprinklers being the most common. 

They help put out any emergency fires and thus avoid disasters that could even lead to loss of life. What most people don’t know, however, is that there are several different types of fire sprinkler systems and that choosing the right kind of system is essential.

There are two common types of fire sprinklers: the wet pipe fire sprinkler system and the dry pipe fire sprinkler system. In this guide, we will look at how each is meant to work. You can use the following information to determine which system will provide the most safety for your property.

What is a Wet Pipe Fire Sprinkler System?

A wet pipe fire sprinkler system is where the sprinkler heads are connected to pipes that hold pressurized water at all times. During a fire, the sprinklers are quick to detect the danger and spring, or perhaps spray, into action. The pressurized water effectively puts out fires, and the detection system is extremely fast.

Pros of a Wet Pipe Fire Sprinkler System

  • They are easy to install and hence cost less
  • They are simple to maintain
  • They are effective and fast 

However, with these systems, you have to be careful to look for leaks in the pipes containing the pressurized water. In cold environments below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the water may also freeze in the pipes. 

In the right environment, water pipe fire sprinklers are a great option. They are also durable and do not require frequent repair.

What is a Dry Pipe Fire Sprinkler System?

A dry pipe fire sprinkler system is where the sprinkler heads are connected to pipes that hold pressurized air or nitrogen gas instead of water. These pressurized gasses hold back the water meant to put out fires. In the event of a fire, the pressure of the gasses drops, opening a valve that releases water into the pipes and through the sprinkler heads.

Pros of a Dry Pipe Fire Sprinkler System

  • It is ideal for places with temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit since the water will not freeze in the pipes and damage them.
  • They are the most suitable option for buildings that store sensitive equipment.
  • They are the best option for parking garages and unheated buildings.

However, these sprinkler systems often have higher installation and maintenance costs than wet pipe systems because of their complexity. Additionally, because of the pressurized gas in the pipes, there is a minor delay in water delivery from the sprinkler heads. 

Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!

Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region. 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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