Choosing between Fire Sprinkler and Fire Suppression Systems
When pondering a fire taking place, most only think of the obvious; fire damage. There are many other damages that occur during, and after a fire. Smoke, soot, water, and mold damage are a few of these additional damages. Deciding between a Fire Sprinkler and a Fire Suppression System is an important decision for any business owner.
Most business facilities and commercial spaces are only protected by a pre-action fire sprinkler system. Businesses have many options, each having strengths and weaknesses. If you are considering sprinkler or suppression systems for your business or commercial space, it is important to know the difference between the two, and the different types.
Fire Sprinkler Systems
While sprinkler systems are great at containing a fire, these systems must be exposed to enough heat to warrant the release of water. The short time span between the fire starting and the sprinklers releasing water, a fire can grow substantially, resulting in increased fire damages.
Sprinkler systems have additional issues as well. When the sprinkler system releases water, it may cause substantial water damage to items such as furniture and electronics. If the water is not sufficiently dried in a timely manner, this potentially paves the way for mold growth. It is important to keep this in mind when deciding the best method of fire protection for your business.
Fire suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals, gaseous, foam, and wet agents to suppress and prevent the spread of fire in a building. Some common types of suppression systems and agents include:
- Wet chemical fire suppression: Most commonly used in kitchens. The suppressant used is a liquid substance that when sprayed onto the affected area, and is brought in contact with cooking oils and fats, will react to produce a foam that immediately cools the flames.
- Dry chemical fire suppression: Used to quickly extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids. Most commonly used in industrial settings or areas where flammable liquids are being stored.
- FM 200 fire suppression: Requires no cleanup, leaves no residue, and is safe to use in occupied spaces. Ideal for spaces such as computer rooms, museums, libraries, and areas where other sprinkler or suppression systems may cause large amounts of damage.
If you, your business, or commercial space is dealing with damage and loss resulting from a fire, SERVPRO of Media and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County are able to respond immediately. Regardless of size or scope, we have the tools to get your business back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”