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Frequently Asked Questions and Facts about Home Sprinklers

 

 Do all sprinklers go off at one time?

No. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire. 90% of fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.

 Will smoke set off a fire sprinkler?

No. The sprinklers are activated by heat and will activate when the temperature reaches 155 degrees.

 Will someone throwing items (i.e. balls, toys, etc…) set off the sprinkler head?

No. The most common sprinkler used in homes today is a “concealed” sprinkler. It has a ¼” profile and a 3” circle that lays flush with the ceiling. However,  is not vandal proof.

 How much should I expect to pay for my fire sprinkler system?

If the system is installed during new construction, the cost is often no more than 1% – 1 ½% of the total building cost, which is about what you would pay for an upgrade in carpeting.

 How long will it take to install?

The sprinkler system will be installed at the same time as the plumbing and electrical rough-in. It will not add any time to overall schedule.

 If I have a fire in my home, to what extent will the water damage be?

According to the Scottsdale Report, a 15 year study of fire sprinkler effectiveness, a fire sprinkler uses on average, 341 gallons of water to control a fire. Firefighters, on average, use 2,935 gallons of water. Which is 8 ½ times more than sprinklers do.