Choosing the Right Fire Sprinkler System is the First Step

Whether you’re in a commercial, industrial, or institutional facility, choosing the proper sprinkler protection is the first step in safeguarding your assets and personnel. That’s why Marco delivers the best options in fire sprinkler systems technology from industry leaders like Viking, Reliable, Victaulic, Aurora, and Ames.

Wet Sprinkler Systems

A wet fire sprinkler system is the most prevalent and cost-effective of the four types of fire sprinkler system technologies. Continually charged with water, these systems are designed to discharge water quickly once an individual sprinkler head detects heat. They discharge at a fixed temperature which extinguishes and controls the spread of fire. Wet fire sprinkler systems are indicated for climate-controlled buildings; the technology is reliable and time-tested for its efficacy and relatively low cost.

Dry Sprinklers Systems

Dry fire sprinkler systems are used in unconditioned spaces where temperatures have the potential to fall below freezing and work by using pressurized air in pipes that discharges before releasing water. Though equally effective at extinguishing the fire, dry sprinklers generally require more maintenance and are typically more costly to install and maintain. Dry-pipe systems can also be used as subsystems for more complex wet systems such as in attics, warehouses or refrigerated storage areas.

Pre-Action Sprinkler Systems

Like clean agent suppression systems, pre-action fire sprinkler systems are used in environments where water could potentially damage high-valued assets like those housed in vaults, museums, libraries or data centers. Pre-action fire sprinkler systems are charged with pressurized air or nitrogen. The water is held back by an electric pre-action valve which is controlled by an automatic fire detection system. This allows for the investigation of the emerging fire before water is released, thus sparing high-value assets from irreparable water damage.

Deluge Sprinkler Systems

Like pre-action systems, deluge sprinkler systems are typically connected to an early warning detection system, which controls the flow of water via an electric deluge valve. Deluge sprinkler systems feature open sprinkler heads, so that when the valve activates, water is released through all heads simultaneously. High-capacity water release is needed in large areas such as airplane hangars, fuel-loading facilities, power plants, as well as facilities which store or process chemicals or hydrocarbon.

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