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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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What Type Of Fire Sprinklers Are Best For Your Office Building?

by Edwin Johnston

A commercial office building is an investment, and you want to make sure it's protected as much as possible. A fire can destroy your investment, and it's not safe to take for granted that your building is not at risk for a fire. Firefighters respond to about 3,340 fires in office buildings each year, resulting in an annual average of about $112 million in direct damages per year. One of the biggest risk factors is cooking equipment – if your office building has a fire, your building is at risk. Fire sprinklers can help minimize the damage and protect your investment, but you need to choose the right fire sprinklers for your building. Take a look at the different sprinkler options so that you can choose which one is best for you.

Wet Pipe Sprinklers

If you're looking for sprinklers with the fastest response times and cheap installation and maintenance, you probably want a wet pipe sprinkler system. As the name suggests, these sprinklers store water in the pipes constantly, ready to go at a moment's notice. This is handy because there's no waiting, and the water will drench the fire quickly.

However, there are downsides to wet pipe sprinklers too. For one thing, the water can freeze in the pipes during a cold winter. For another, since there is only one trigger for this type of sprinkler, a false alarm or an equipment malfunction can end up drenching your office building and causing water damage.

Dry Pipes Sprinklers

If you're located in an area where the winters are harsh, and especially if you have reasons to fear power outages that knock out your heat in cold weather, you may not want to risk a pipe freezing and bursting. Dry pipes are a simple solution for this problem. The pipes in dry pipe sprinkler system are filled with pressurized air that will be released before water starts flowing. Because the pipes don't constantly contain water, there's no risk of freezing.

The issue with dry pipes is that there's a slight delay of the water release when compared to a wet pipe system. You will need to weigh the risk of damage from a frozen pipe to the risk of damage from an extra few seconds of fire before the sprinklers release. However, the water is still released pretty quickly, so if your pipes are at all in danger of freezing, dry pipes may be a better option.

Pre-action Sprinklers

One problem that's particularly relevant in office buildings is that it's likely that water from the sprinklers will do plenty of damage even if it puts out the fire. You can expect electronics, books, and paper documents to be ruined once the sprinkler begins releasing water. While this is certainly preferable to losing the building entirely to a fire, it's still expensive, and you don't want the sprinklers going off for no reason.

This is where pre-action sprinklers come into play. This more complex system requires two triggers before it begins releasing water. This means that in the event of a malfunction or false alarm, it's possible to prevent the sprinklers from going off at all. It's more expensive than wet or dry pipes, but pre-action sprinklers are a good investment for an office building that's occupied and contains items likely to be harmed by water.

It's a smart move to have your building evaluated by a fire safety expert like Fire Extinguisher Service Center. They can help you pinpoint your vulnerabilities and recommend the right fire sprinklers and other fire safety devices for your building.

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