Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation and Repairs
Discovered insurance discounts available for homes equipped with residential fire sprinkler systems? Lived through a home fire, and now want the protection of a sprinkler system? Building a new home and want the protection and peace of mind that comes with a residential fire sprinkler?
Home Performance Group LLC is a well-established, local, veteran owned plumbing firm delivering safe residential fire sprinkler system repairs, service, installation, and upgrades. Our team maintains the technical knowledge and practical experience to repair existing fire sprinklers, extend or modify sprinkler system coverage, and design and install new residential fire sprinklers. Contact our solutions advisor today.
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Home Performance Group LLC delivers safe residential fire sprinklers and systems:
- Water service sizing calculations
- Fire sprinkler discharge and hydraulic calculations
- Fire sprinkler pipe sizing calculations
- Fire sprinkler piping configuration
- Sprinkler temperature and head selection
- Sprinkler layout and design coverage
- Residential fire sprinkler installation and commissioning
- Backflow preventer installation and replacement
Residential Fire Sprinklers – Did you Know
Research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) finds that 75% of fire deaths occur in homes, resulting in more than 3,000 fatalities per year. It is estimated more than 90% of home fires could be controlled with one to two heads of a residential automatic fire sprinkler system. The International Residential Code (IRC), section R313.2 requires installation of an automatic fire sprinkler systems for one- and two-family dwellings. However, many local jurisdictions remove, or otherwise amend out, the provision for fire sprinklers. Additionally, most builders do not offer sprinklers as an option for homebuyers, or educate clients of their operation.
By far, the two most common types of piping material used for residential fire sprinklers are fire-rated CPVC 4120-05 (orange in color with ASTM 442 stamp), or Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX). Many pipe manufacturers can assist with product applications for fire sprinklers. Nearly all sprinkler heads are operated by heat, with various activation temperatures. For residential systems, the typical heat range is 155oF to 174oF depending on the location and placement of the sprinkler. Each head contains a bulb filled with colored fluid corresponding to an activation temperature. When exposed to consistent heat, the fluid expands inside the bulb eventually rupturing at the designated temperature, opening the orifice of the sprinkler allowing the release of water. When a residential sprinkler system activates to extinguish a fire, generally only one or sometimes two heads activate, not the entire system. This means in the event of a fire, only a portion of the system is required, significantly minimizing losses from both fire and water damage as compared to fire department operations. According to the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, average home losses from a fire sprinkler are approximately $2,100 versus more than $45,000 in damage to homes without residential fire sprinklers. Additionally, the probability of a fire sprinkler misfiring by mistake is extremely rare, one manufacturer claims the probability is less than 1 in 16 million, making residential fire sprinklers very reliable with little chance for accidental water damage.
There are two primary types of fire sprinklers, stand-alone and multi-use. The most common, and by far least expensive residential sprinkler system, is a multi-use system. A multi-use fire sprinkler shares the homes cold water supply piping, replacing stagnant water with fresh water each time a plumbing fixture is actuated. Because the system uses the homes cold water supply, it does not require a separate piping system or backflow prevention devices or assemblies, resulting in significant savings in the upfront installation costs.
Although the IRC requires automatic sprinkler systems in home, (NFPA) 13D is the design and installation standard for sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings. The 13D manual provides guidelines for selection of activation temperature of sprinkler heads, placement of sprinklers inside a structure, configuration and layout of piping arrangements, and the hydraulic calculations necessary to size both the water service and sprinkler water supply pipes. The estimated cost for a multi-use residential fire sprinkler system ranges from a low of $4,000 to as high as $11,000 depending on the square footage of the home, the layout of rooms within the home, if the installation is new construction or a renovation.
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Our highest priority is client safety in the event of a fire. Our team approaches residential fire sprinkler installations focused on reliable fire response, maximizing occupant escape time, protecting both people and property. We maintain a Master Plumber License and participate in annual continuing education to deepen our specialized knowledge. The above-industry-standard training we receive in plumbing hydraulics and pneumatics, practical applications, and emerging technology ensure our workmanship meets all plumbing codes and industry design standards.
When choosing fire sprinkler equipment, the products we select demonstrate a history of safe operation, are appropriate for the conditions of use, and possess a proven track record of reliability. Our supply chain partners lead their respective industries in manufacturing quality, emerging plumbing technologies, and innovations in safety, such as Uponor, Viega, and Charlotte. When possible, we buy American made products.
Our team possesses the technical skills in plumbing theory, application, and code requirements to ensure our residential fire sprinkler systems deliver long-term service and safety. Continuous training, enables us to stay at the cutting edge of plumbing technologies and installation methods. Coupled with durable, first-class equipment, we develop holistic long-term solutions for our clients’ offering years of peace of mind.