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Specailist Installers of Domestic, Residential and Commercial Fire Sprinklers
Fire sprinkler systems are now mandatory in all new builds in Wales.
A domestic or residential fire sprinkler system is designed specifically for the domestic environment. All the pipework is concealed in the floors and walls, and the sprinklers themselves are small, neat and blend in with the decor. They are available in a range of colours and finishes and even concealed models can now be obtained.
The heads are connected through a system of pipes to the water mains or an alternative secure source of water. Most rooms require 1 or 2 sprinkler heads to afford complete protection.
The process of installation is similar to putting in central heating, but with much less pipework, and thus less disruption. An adequate and reliable water supply is obviously essential for a sprinkler system. This can normally be obtained directly from the water mains, but in some cases may need to be stored on site.
How Do Fire Sprinklers Work?
A fire sprinkler system is designed to operate over a predetermined floor area and needs to be designed by an expert. Fire sprinkler supply pipes are permanently charged with water from the domestic water main. Fire sprinklers are fitted to the system of supple pipes and each is an independent unit and operates only if the fire causes it to do so. Each fire sprinkler is fitted with a small thermal element (bulb) activated by heat from a fire, and set to operate at not less than 30C above ambient temperature, making accidental activation very unlikely other than in a fire condition.
In the majority of fires just one sprinkler head is operated which is normally sufficient to deal with the fire.
We are installers of Fire Sprinklers to BS9251:2014 and Watermist Fire Sprinklers to BS8458:2015.
All new build and converted, domestic and residential properties require an automatic fire suppression system in accordance to BS9251 or BS8458. Fire is devastating and can rip through a building at frightening speed. Installing a Sprinkler System will provide you, your home and your family with 24-hour protection that can stop a fire the second it breaks out.
When a fire starts it produces hot gases which rise to the ceiling where the sprinkler is located. At 67°C the sprinkler activates extinguishing the fire. In 99% of fire tests, only one sprinkler head operates.
We install Residential & Domestic Sprinkler Systems throughout Wales for homeowners as well as care homes and hotels.
We work alongside developers, architects, water companies, landlords and care providers. We liaise with your local authority building control department to ensure your Sprinkler System design is of the Highest Quality.
Designing a domestic or residential fire sprinkler system is more demanding than it first appears. Each sprinkler head must be positioned to ensure it protects the room correctly, as well as being sympathetic to the visual look of the ceiling (your sprinkler system has to be compliant to BS9251). For this, your finished installation would have been designed by our experienced fire designer, who would have taken into account many variables such as:
Following your individual design, the final information is fed into our software program to ensure everything is compliant with the relevant standards. This process can take as little as a few hours to several days, depending on the size and complexity of the building.
We are approved sprinkler installers, trained to the latest standards, are fully familiar with a variety of installation techniques and procedures. To minimize disruption in occupied and operational dwellings, we communicate the scope of work with all clients. We are fully prepared to make variations to that scope to fit in with our clients needs
A typical fire sprinkler installation will use Blazemaster CPVC pipe with concealed sprinkler heads or stainless steel pipe with pendent heads. The pipe work and sprinkler heads are installed in accordance with the design drawings. The pipe work is secured to the structure and glued together with solvent cement.
To ensure the cover plate fits flush to the ceiling, the fire sprinkler heads are accurately fitted as part of the first fix, pressure tested to at least 8 bar and checked for leaks. The system remains at this pressure until our engineers return for 2nd fix where they reinspect the pipework and pressure within the system, connect to the mains water supply, (tank and pump if required) and all decorative covers are installed. On completion of the system, a handover pack and certification is provided for the client along with full training on the system.
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