What are Pre-Action Systems?
As with a dry pipe sprinkler system, the pipes used do not contain water on a continuous basis. A pre-action sprinkler, however, uses the pre-action valve rather than pressurized nitrogen or air with which to retain water. The valve is electronically operated.
Types of Facilities that Require Pre-Action Systems
Though there are specific requirements for sprinkler systems involving the height of a building, occupancy, OSHA regulations, etc., it’s generally accepted that the following facilities and buildings should be equipped with a sprinkler system, and where applicable, a pre-action system:
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Retail Facilities
- Manufacturing Facilities
- Medical Facilities
- Multi-Family Residential Buildings
- Commercial Buildings
- … and more!
Benefits of Installing Pre-Action Systems
Pre-action systems have a number of benefits. As suggested above, unless the valve is activated, the piping system does not readily hold water. No water in the pipes means that there will be no freezing. This makes it perfect for extremely cold areas. This system also helps to prevent not only fire damage but water damage. Accidental water release is cut down because, in order for the water to discharge, dual action is required.
Pre-action systems are best suited for the following environments: FREEZERS laboratories, archival vaults, and data centers.
There are some things to consider, however, if you are thinking about having a pre-action system installed. These are as follows:
- Before the water can be discharged, there is a bit of lag time.
- The system is not easily modified, and regular maintenance is required.
- Supplemental detection devices may be needed, in some circumstances, for the installation of a pre-action system.
Our Expertise in Pre-Action Systems
The appropriate pre-action system design will be created for your precise needs by one of our fire sprinkler design specialists. Collaboration between your architect, engineering team, and our dedicated professional experts will ensure that this is done in the best way possible. You will be surprised at the ease with which your project and our pre-action state-of-the-art system is integrated. Our professionals are experienced in renovations, fire code retrofits, fit outs, equipment upgrades, new construction projects, and more.
Choose ASCO Fire for Pre-Action Systems
No matter what your fire protection requirements, ASCO Fire can provide what you need. We deal with the installation and design of fire detection and sprinkler systems for industrial facilities, commercial facilities, and more.
To comply with all applicable fire code requirements, we offer complete engineering services. Our design capabilities include plan reviews, hydraulic calculations, water supply requirements, and hazard analysis. We can also professionally install dry pipe sprinklers, foam systems, ESFR storage systems, fire pump systems, and more.
Both analog and addressable fire alarm systems are available, and we monitor fire alarm and sprinkler alarms with Central Station Monitoring from our 24-Hour UL Listed Central Station.
Contact ASCO Fire today to schedule a complimentary consultation on pre-action systems with our team. Call 973-633-7300 or email us at info@ASCOfire.com to get started!