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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Your Sprinkler System Is Always on Duty

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

That fire sprinkler may well have saved your business, but it left quite a mess behind.

When it comes to fire suppression, nothing could be simpler than a fire sprinkler. It sits up high, usually on a ceiling, and is attached to a pressurized water pipe. The sprinkler head itself is basically a water valve and water deflector held in the off position by glass bulb containing a liquid. When the temperature at the bulb is high enough, several things happen.

• The liquid expands and glass bulb shatters.
• The water flows through the sprinkler head dousing everything beneath it.
• A device attached to the water supply pipe senses the flow of water and sets off an alarm.
• The water continues to flow until a valve on the supply pipe of the fire sprinkler is shut.

Sprinklers Operate Independently

Hollywood would have us believe that, when one sprinkler goes off, they all go off. It looks great in the movies but not in real life. If your business has a small fire in a room with multiple sprinkler heads, it may set off one or two but not every sprinkler in the room.

Some Areas Should Not Be Equipped With Sprinklers

This really comes down to common sense. Different types of fires need to be fought with different materials. Your computer room, phone room or any room with sensitive electronics or high voltage equipment would not be candidates for fire suppression by water.

Water Damage is Preferable to Fire Damage

Depending on the pressure and size of the connected pipe, a sprinkler can discharge between 20 and 40 gallons of water per minute. How long it flows determines the extent of the fire sprinkler cleanup necessary. Hopefully, the fire department arrives quickly and shuts off the sprinkler.

It’s Time to Clean Up the Mess

That fire sprinkler may well have saved your business, but it left quite a mess behind. Finding water damage experts to deal with your situation in Bryan, TX, is simple. They can apply their experience and specialized equipment to your water damage and have it cleaned up sooner than you think possible. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObrazosvalley.com/.

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