Fire Sprinklers: Ensure Quality and Safety
With more than 30-years experience, Encore is one of the oldest and most experienced fire protection companies in New England. Our team is equipped to design and install your buildings’ fire sprinkler system or provide test and inspection services for the system already in place.
Considered the most reliable fire protection system available, fire sprinklers are made up of a network of piping which carry pressurized water that discharges through sprinkler heads when the effects of a fire have been detected. According to NFPA, the vast majority of fires are contained with just 1 to 2 sprinkler heads activating.
Properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers are effective over 96% of the time and prevent widespread damage to your facility. Unfortunately, as recently as 2011, the National Fire Protection Association reported that only 10% of structural fires had properly maintained sprinklers present which lead to many cases of needless property damage and even injury and loss of life. Ensuring your facility’s fire sprinkler system is up to current codes and properly maintained is critical to mitigating the significant liability that fire conditions present every day.
Types of Fire Sprinkler Systems and Components
Encore is the expert in the design and installation of all makes and models of fire sprinkler equipment. Our team of trained technicians can keep you in compliance through our testing and inspection services, and are available for 24/7 emergency service to keep your business up and running. We are licensed distributors of some of the leading fire sprinkler manufacturers, including Tyco, Ferguson, Reliable, Victaulic, and Viking, and can design a system that is right for your facility.
- Wet Systems – The simplest, most common method of fire sprinkler systems, wet systems consist of pipes that contain pressurized water that is deployed when fire or high temperatures are detected.
- Dry Systems – Pipes are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen, rather than water and are often used where system piping will be exposed to freezing temperatures. This air holds a remote valve in a closed position. The remote valve prevents water from entering the pipe until a fire causes a sprinkler head to activate releasing the air, opening the remote valve and delivering water to the activated sprinkler
- Fire Pumps – Fire pumps, usually powered by an electric, or diesel source, and drawing water from a public or private water supply, are used properly feed a sprinkler system when water pressure is not adequate.
- Sprinkler Heads – A key component to ensure effective heat detection and the release of water once a fire has been detected, it is important to ensure all sprinkler heads remain functional and compliant.
- Standpipes – This series of pipes connect to fire hose stations located throughout a building, allowing fire firefighters to access the water supply in the event of an emergency.
- Deluge Systems – Used in highly hazardous areas such power plants and processing facilities, deluge systems deploy water with a rapid, heavy response to extinguish fires.
- Pre-Action System – A two-step system that first identifies smoke, fire, or heat, pre-action systems then activate a pre-action valve that releases water flow onto the affected area. This two-step system is used in sensitive areas where water damage could be costly.
Encore also offers: Jockey pumps, fire hydrants, foam systems, and backflow preventers.
Regulations and Compliance
Our team is OSHA trained, licensed, and certified to install and service systems in all six New England states. Each product and service offered by Encore is also compliant with the following:
- NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
- NFPA 20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection
- NFPA 25, the Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems*
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have question our team of industry experts can give you answers and help to identify the fire protection services that are right for you and your company:
- Which fire protection codes apply to my industry?
- What is the right type of sprinkler system for my building?
- What should I do if my sprinkler pipes freeze?
- How many fire sprinkler heads should I have per square foot?
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