Fire sprinkler system installation
The best-made fire sprinkler system isn’t worth much if it isn’t installed correctly. At Valley Fire Protection, we have the expertise to install all types of systems, wet to dry, pre-action to deluge.
Our customer service is top-notch, and we offer many other services that will impact the quality of your system, including routine inspection, maintenance and repair. Our response times are fast and we will make sure any emergency you have is covered, regardless of the time of day or night.
Fire sprinkler requirements for commercial buildings
If your commercial property is larger than 5,000 square feet, law require that it be equipped with a certified fire sprinkler system. However, regardless of the size of your commercial property, to fully ensure that the structure and everything inside of it is safe from fire, you should consider having a fire sprinkler system installed. Even if it’s just a storage facility, sprinklers are required. This ensures that if your facility experiences a fire emergency, it won’t affect buildings around it.
The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, has established a national standard for installation of fire sprinkler systems, called NFPA 13. This standard has been adopted by fire departments throughout the country. However, local governments have added other rules to it, which may differ from municipality to municipality. At VFP, we know which codes affect you and we’ll install yours so you’re up to code.
Fire sprinkler installation services
As you consider fire sprinkler installation services at your commercial property, consider contractors that can handle the following:
Design-build sprinkler system
For one of the best fire sprinkler systems, have a design-build company handle the design, build and installation of the system. In this situation, there is no confusion regarding what your property requires, how it is built or how it is ultimately installed to fit your structure and your unique needs.
Fire sprinkler system retrofits
When a property is repurposed or just remodeled, it could require some alterations to your existing system. Also, as local and national laws change regularly, you’ll need to ensure that you’re in compliance, particularly if it involves your sprinkler heads. In some cases a complete replacement might be required in a retrofit situation, especially if the system is old or if the type of business within it handles different types of flammable materials, requiring a different system altogether.
Sprinkler head relocation
If a part of your building becomes repurposed, it will probably require a different type or amount of sprinkler heads. This might entail installing new pipe along with those heads, so choose a contractor with the experience to pull it off.
To ensure that your fire sprinkler system is up to the task of protecting your property and employees, it must be in proper working order. However, if something breaks after hours, that doesn’t mean you don’t need protection. Contact your 24-hour sprinkler professional to have repairs made immediately.
Fire sprinkler system maintenance programs
The best sprinkler systems are maintained on a regular basis. A professional will regularly check various aspects of the system, including water pumps, valves and other components of the system to ensure it will operate when called upon.
Complete fire system engineering services
At Valley Fire Protection, we inspect our clients’ properties, evaluating the best type of system for the structure and put our engineers to work designing and building a highly functioning system. But we don’t stop there – we will also expertly install the system and maintain the system so it will always be in top working order. Contact us today at (844) 771-3168 if you’re in Illinois and (219) 472-0083 if you’re in Indiana.
Four major types of commercial fire sprinkler system installations
The is more than one type of fire protection system, each specially made to tackle how fire reacts to different types of flammables. However, the contents of some commercial properties react differently to water, such as those with sensitive electronics in them. There are fire protection systems for those, as well.
Far and away the most common type of system installed in commercial properties is the wet pipe system. It is also one of the least complex systems, but in order for it to work properly, it still requires a highly trained team of professionals to do the installation.
No water exists within the dry pipe system until the system is triggered by an emergency. Instead, the pipes will be filled with pressurized air before the water comes out. This is ideal for buildings that aren’t outfitted with heaters, such as storage facilities/warehouses. This prevents water from freezing in the pipes, preventing them from bursting or becoming clogged and non-functional.
Libraries, data centers and fine arts buildings containing highly valuable and water-sensitive materials will have a pre-action system installed. These require two triggers to start the flow of water. In case of a false alarm or a mechanical failure, a pre-action system will prevent undo damage.
These systems are installed in facilities that require a large amount of water or foam to snuff out a flame. If your commercial building stores highly flammable materials, you’re likely to have one of these installed. They are common in airplane hangars, chemical processing plants and industrial parks.
Don’t make a guess on what type of system you require, contact Valley Fire Protection and we’ll inspect your facility and design the perfect system. Furthermore, we’ll expertly install it and have you on a regular maintenance schedule to ensure yours is always ready to respond to an emergency.
Valley Fire Protection’s staff works directly with both architects and professional technicians to produce the designs. Our collaboration allows us to configure systems that meet the specific requirements of your job, no matter how large or small.
We understand the importance of following schedules, which is why our project managers work closely with the design-build staff, material suppliers and installers. Our experts will ensure the process runs smoothly, finishes both on-time and within budget.
Whether it is a pre-quoted and pre-scheduled service or an emergency repair, we offer peace of mind to our customers.
We are on call 24/7/365. Valley Fire Protection has a highly trained team of 30 service technicians with fully equipped vehicles positioned throughout Chicagoland and Indiana.
Sprinkler systems installation in industry
What is a perfect match for one industry would be non-effective in another. At Valley Fire Protection, we’ve worked with clients in many industries, installing the best sprinkler systems for their property.
Popular installations in industrial and manufacturing structures are the deluge system and dry pipe system. Some manufacturing areas are not heated, which means water pipes are prone to freezing. For this reason, the dry pipe system is the optimal choice. However, should the industrial or manufacturing property house or deal with unstable combustibles, a deluge system, which pumps out high volumes of water or other firefighting mediums, is the go-to choice for installation.
While the type of fire sprinkler system installed in a commercial building can vary, national laws require that they be placed in any commercial building 5,000 square feet or larger. Furthermore, buildings 55 feet high or taller must also have automatic sprinkler systems installed throughout the building. All water supply control valves must be accessible, and if valves are in stairways, they must be protected yet easily accessible.
Governmental facilities are often high security areas that can be challenging to work around. Upgrades are often tackled during off hours and are planned well in advance, and often work has to be completed in phases. At Valley Fire Protection, our installation division has worked closely with administrators to ensure the project meets all the complex needs of the facility.
High schools to colleges, daycares to elementary schools, Valley Fire Protection has worked with many educational institutions, outfitting their structures with the best systems to keep students and teachers safe and out of harm’s way.
According to the NFPA, between 2010 and 2015, there were more than 100,000 apartments fires in the United States. As of 2000, sprinklers were required in apartment buildings more than two stories high and with more than 16 dwelling units. The NFPA has guidelines requiring the installation of a fire sprinkler system in apartment buildings that are 60 feet high or taller. The wet pipe system is almost always the system of choice for apartment buildings.
In Illinois, local jurisdictions can adopt a building code requiring fire sprinklers in new homes. According to the NFPA, around 100 communities in Illinois have adopted such ordinances. Regardless of whether or not they are required, it’s a good idea to have one installed as the sprinklers respond much faster than a fire department can, and they deliver far less water damage than a fire department would, as the fire is quickly controlled.
Large churches, small temples and massive cathedrals – Valley Fire Protection works with places of worship of all sizes. If your church has a high level of aesthetic in its design, we have concealed sprinkler head systems that will be a perfect match. We also have specialized suppression systems for the cooking areas common in many churches, which deal specifically with cooking-related fires, such as grease fires.
Life safety and property protection are the top focuses of healthcare facilities. Early detection is key, as is the right kind of fire sprinkler system. Valley Fire Protection professionals have designed and installed many systems for the healthcare industry.
Regardless of what type of building you have, remember to call Valley Fire Protection and schedule an installation. We have a vast amount of experience installing all types of fire sprinkler systems in every imaginable type of commercial structure.
Fire sprinkler installers in Greater Chicago and Northern Indiana
Taking on a fire sprinkler installation project is an important task that every commercial organization should consider. To make sure you’re getting what your structure requires, talk to the engineers who design and build these systems at Valley Fire Protection.
We are the go-to contractors for the Greater Chicago and northern Indiana area. Contact us at (844) 771-3168 if you’re in Illinois, or (219) 472-0083 for fire sprinkler installation services in northern Indiana.