4 Aspects To Consider When Planning To Have A Residential Fire Sprinkler System Installed

When you think of fire sprinkler systems, you might be inclined to envision these units installed in commercial buildings and retail stores. But did you know that 80 percent of deaths from fires occur in residential structures? While most modern businesses do have fire sprinklers installed, these devices have become increasingly popular for residential use. Fire sprinkler systems in the home can extinguish a fire quickly, even before the fire company has a chance to be on the scene. If you plan on having a fire sprinkler system installed in your home, here are a few perspectives that you should take into consideration:

1. Know Who to Contact For Professional Installation

If you are having a new home built, ask your home builder for a list of contractors who install residential fire sprinkler systems. You can also contact your state fire marshal and inquire about licensed contractors who can perform these installations. If they do not have references for you, your local state licensing board should be able to provide you with names and contact numbers. Unless you are qualified and experienced, you should never attempt the installation as a do-it-yourself home project. 

2. Understand the Process and Time Involved in Fire Sprinkler Installation

While an experienced contractor can get the job done efficiently, the amount of time it will take for installation of a home fire sprinkler system will vary. Installation time will generally depend upon the plumbing and electrical components and system in your home. If your home is being newly built, the installation process will typically take considerably less time. However, you can have a fire sprinkler system installed in an older home through retrofitting. Your contractor can explain the process in complete detail.

Another thing to consider about residential fire sprinkler installation is whether your home is connected to a public water supply. Obviously, it will be less of a hassle and less time consuming if you do have access to public water supply. However, if you live in a remote area, you can still have a fire sprinkler system installed with the use of a self contained water tank which has the capacity for adequate water supply. The tank can be placed in a designated storage area of your home, such as the garage or basement.

3. Be Aware of How to Maintain Your Residential Fire Sprinkler System

Once you have your fire sprinkler installed in your home, you will find that it is a low maintenance operation. You will need to periodically test the system to ensure it is fully functional. This generally involves opening a small valve to note whether the alarm is functioning. Your installation contractor may advise you not to paint over any of the sprinklers and not to block the sprinklers and pipes with household objects or hanging decor. If well cared for, your fire sprinkler system should last for a couple of decades and will most likely never be accidentally activated.

4. Learn the Added Benefits of Having a Home Fire Sprinkler System Installed

If you are still undecided, consider the bonus advantages of installing a fire sprinkler system for your home. Of course the most obvious benefit is the safety factor. A fire sprinkler installation can save your life in the event of a fire and reduce or eliminate damage to your property. What you might not have known, or may have overlooked, is the added advantage of receiving a lower premium on your home insurance. Because fire sprinkler systems help to reduce property damage, you may be able to reduce your insurance premium somewhat. For further information, talk with your insurance company.