Many types of fire sprinkler systems exist on the market, but the two most popular variants are the wet and dry sprinkler systems.
Both types of sprinkler systems extinguish fires, and they both use water to do it. However, they use different means to reach that end.
We’ll go over the key differences of each system and the pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision about which sprinkler system you want to use for your business.
WHAT IS A WET PIPE SPRINKLER SYSTEM?
A wet pipe sprinkler system’s pipes are pre-filled with water and pressurized before a fire is detected. This setup allows the system to instantaneously respond to fires the second they’re detected within the building.
Wet pipe sprinklers are easy to use and are virtually maintenance-free. As a result, they’re the most preferred sprinkler system for businesses.
WHAT ARE THE PROS OF A WET FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM?
A wet sprinkler system is the simplest form of fire sprinkler out there. Because of its simplicity, it has three distinct advantages over dry sprinklers:
- They’re far more reliable and easier to maintain.
- Installing it in your building is much less of a headache.
- They respond to fires faster than dry sprinklers.
WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES OF INSTALLING A WET SPRINKLER SYSTEM?
You cannot use wet fire sprinkler systems in freezing environments. The water inside the pipes would freeze.
When wet sprinklers detect a fire, the system douses the entire building. Because of this, wet sprinkler systems are a terrible idea for use in areas that hold equipment or items that are susceptible to water damage, such as computer equipment, books, or paintings.
WHAT IS A DRY PIPE SPRINKLER SYSTEM?
Dry sprinkler systems use pressurized air or nitrogen. When a dry sprinkler system activates, the pressure drops in the pipes, the valve opens up, and water goes through the pipes to extinguish the fire.
WHAT ARE THE PROS OF A DRY FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM?
Because the pipes get filled with pressurized nitrogen or air, they’re ideal for installing in freezing temperatures. They can also be installed in addition to a wet system to protect colder environments if only specific areas in your building (such as a walk-in freezer) will be in this temperature range.
Also, each sprinkler system operates independently, so if the system detects a fire in one room, the system douses the fire in that room while leaving the rest of the building dry. This feature is essential to protect any sensitive equipment in your building that could easily be ruined by water damage.
WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES OF INSTALLING A DRY SPRINKLER SYSTEM?
Dry sprinkler systems are much more complicated than their wet counterparts. As a result, they come with these caveats:
- Dry sprinkler systems are more challenging to maintain
- They’re more expensive and time-consuming to install in your building.
- They take longer to respond to a fire.
WHICH SPRINKLER SYSTEM IS BEST FOR YOUR BUILDING?
Take this information and figure out which sprinkler system will work best for your business. Let us help you dig through the finer details and set up the sprinkler system to protect your business best.