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Wet Pipe vs. Dry Pipe Fire Sprinklers (in Plain English)


By ProMatcher Staff



Choosing the right system

When choosing the right fire protection system for your property, there are many factors to consider. One of them will likely be the choice between a "wet pipe" or a "dry pipe" system. We recommend consulting with a licensed fire sprinkler contractor before making this important decision.

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Wet pipe fire sprinklers

Wet pipe systems are the most popular option. These systems are typically installed in areas where there is no threat of freezing. This means that the pipes should be located in an area where the temperature is controlled (and the heat is left on).

With a wet pipe system, water remains in the sprinkler’s network of water pipes at all times.

When colder weather arrives, water pipes have a tendency to freeze, crack, and burst. Repairing broken water pipes is the last thing you want to do.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to these wet pipe systems.

Dry pipe fire sprinkler systems

Dry pipe systems are typically installed in unheated areas. This would include basements, warehouses, attics, and other areas that are not climate-controlled.

The water pipes are filled with pressurized air in their resting state. When the sprinkler system detects a fire, the air pressure drops, the pipes fill with water, and the activated sprinkler head opens.

During the winter, you won't have to worry about frozen pipes bursting on chillier nights.



Benefits of fire sprinklers

1. They help prevent fire deaths. (Source)

2. They help to protect the lives of fire fighters. (Source)

3. They reduce the amount of property damage. (Source)

4. They use less water than traditional fire hoses. (Source)

5. They help to reduce fire injury costs. (Source)

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