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You feel like you’re walking into a natural disaster movie.

As you look around, you see the aftermath of a false alarm. Your sprinkler system went off when there was no threat, and now all of your electronics are fried. You wanted to save money on a sprinkler system, but that decision ended up costing so much more.

Thankfully, this tragedy doesn’t have to happen to you.

Sprinkler systems that prevent damage from accidental discharge do exist. These systems are known as “Pre-Action Fire Sprinkler Systems.”

Check out the guide below to see if a pre-action sprinkler system is right for your needs.

What Is a Pre-Action Sprinkler System?

A pre-action sprinkler system is a dry pipe system, meaning that water doesn’t stay in the pipes. Pre-action systems keep water from going into the pipes through a pre-action valve. Only when a fire is detected does the water go into the piping and disperse to put out the fire. 

How Does a Pre-Action Sprinkler System Work?

A pre-action sprinkler system uses a two-step process to discharge the water.

  1. The detection system senses smoke or heat, which activates the pre-action valve to allow water into the piping system.
  2. Once the water fills the piping system, the sprinklers closest to the fire open up and release water to douse the flame.

Where Should I Use a Pre-Action Sprinkler System?

Pre-action sprinkler systems are the best options to prevent accidental water discharges that could cause irreparable damage to the contents inside the building.

Such environments include:

  • Fine art storage
  • Rare book libraries
  • Computer and server rooms
  • Museums

Pre-action sprinkler systems also work best in places where the environment is at freezing temperatures. Since the pipes are dry until a fire is detected, you don’t have to risk water freezing inside the pipes.

Are There Downsides of Using a Pre-Action Sprinkler System?

You feel like you’re walking into a natural disaster movie.

As you look around, you see the aftermath of a false alarm. Your sprinkler system went off when there was no threat, and now all of your electronics are fried. You wanted to save money on a sprinkler system, but that decision ended up costing so much more.

Thankfully, this tragedy doesn’t have to happen to you.

Sprinkler systems that prevent damage from accidental discharge do exist. These systems are known as “Pre-Action Fire Sprinkler Systems.”

Check out the guide below to see if a pre-action sprinkler system is right for your needs.

What Is a Pre-Action Sprinkler System?

A pre-action sprinkler system is a dry pipe system, meaning that water doesn’t stay in the pipes. Pre-action systems keep water from going into the pipes through a pre-action valve. Only when a fire is detected does the water go into the piping and disperse to put out the fire. 

How Does a Pre-Action Sprinkler System Work?

A pre-action sprinkler system uses a two-step process to discharge the water.

  1. The detection system senses smoke or heat, which activates the pre-action valve to allow water into the piping system.
  2. Once the water fills the piping system, the sprinklers closest to the fire open up and release water to douse the flame.

Where Should I Use a Pre-Action Sprinkler System?

Pre-action sprinkler systems are the best options to prevent accidental water discharges that could cause irreparable damage to the contents inside the building.

Such environments include:

  • Fine art storage
  • Rare book libraries
  • Computer and server rooms
  • Museums

Pre-action sprinkler systems also work best in places where the environment is at freezing temperatures. Since the pipes are dry until a fire is detected, you don’t have to risk water freezing inside the pipes.

Are There Downsides of Using a Pre-Action Sprinkler System?

A pre-action sprinkler system will not work for all situations. You may have to make some extra considerations when deciding to install this system.

  • Pre-action sprinkler systems are more expensive to install and maintain because it’s more complicated than a typical sprinkler system.
  • All dry-pipe systems have size limitations that will impact system modifications later on.
  • The added complexity of a pre-action sprinkler system increases the chances of failure. You will need to regularly check and maintain this system to make sure it works when it’s needed most.

Is Purchasing a Pre-Action Fire Sprinkler System The Right Decision For You?

Now you understand the pros and cons of using a pre-action fire sprinkler system. You know everything you need to make your decision to purchase and install one in your business.

If you decide to install this sprinkler system, work with technicians that can install, test, and maintain your sprinkler system, so you know it will work when you need it most (and not a moment sooner.)