Fire sprinkler
systems

Protecting your assets, personal and livelihood

One of the most common built-in strategies for delaying and stopping the spread of a fire is a fire sprinkler system. A fire sprinkler is linked to a water supply (mains fed or stored) and uses water pressure (from pumps or mains) to drive water or a mixture of water and foam to impacted areas of your site. There are several varieties of water sprinklers available on the market, including:

  • Pre-Action Water Systems Requires activation, generally via a heat detection system, in the specific area.

  • Deluge: Floods the entire system with water, all heads are open simultaneously. 

  • Foam-Water: Releases a combination of water and foam which acts as a flame retardant. 

  • Standpipe: Connects the sprinkler system directly to the hydrant system, and can come in 'wet' or 'dry' form. 

  • Water Spray: Covers a horizontal surface area with the ability to avoid certain sections, offering some protection to the equipment. 

  • Water Mist: Used when it's determined that water vapour is more effective at fighting the specifications of a potential fire. 

  • Water Atomizing: Delivers a massive amount of water near instantaneously, in droplet form.

  • ESFR (Early Warning Fast Response): ESFR is the ultimate sprinkler system for storage uses eg. in warehouses. With an average output of 9000LPM+, ESFR systems allow maximum usable stacked storage.

​Required maintenance and testing regime

All fire sprinkler systems require:

  • Monthly inspections and tests

  • Six Monthly inspections and tests

  • Annual inspection

Depending on the system you have and the requirements from your insurance provider, your sprinkler system may also require weekly inspections, testing, and maintenance. 

Buildings with multiple pressure zones require a more thorough inspection. Under AS1851:2012 , 1/3 of all alarm initiating devices are required to be tested each month and a flow test performed at each pressure zone on the annual frequency on maintenance.

Typical Deficiencies

A flaw is discovered during routine inspections when the devices and components fail to satisfy approved criteria laid out by AS1851:2012.

Here are a handful of the most prevalent fire sprinkler defects we find:

  • Sprinkler heads that have been broken or damaged

  • Sprinkler heads painted

  • Stacking inventory and equipment too near to a sprinkler head

  • Internal obstruction and corrosion

  • Improper alterations

  • Lack of correct design data and system system type to suit your hazard

Enquire today how Auscoast Fire Services can provide a turn-key solution to your fire sprinkler requirements.

CPVC or steel Auscoast Fire Services can design, fabricate install and maintain your Sprinkler Systems from inception onwards. With added abilities such as BIM, REVIT and point cloud retrofitting design. Your are in safe hands 

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