Fire suppression systems are often seen in commercial buildings. However, fires don’t just happen at work or at home. Why isn’t everyone equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system?
Find out more about the regulations for home fire suppression systems, the benefits and disadvantages of installing a sprinkler system inside your home, as well as why every home should have one.
Benefits of a Home Fire Supression System
A fire suppression system is as important as a home security system. A home sprinkler system is an investment worth making.
Here are some of the benefits that you can look forward to when you install a home fire sprinkler in your home.
- A home fire sprinkler system can increase safety in each room.
- In less than 2 minutes, fire sprinklers can put out or contain fires.
- A fire sprinkler system can reduce the damage to homes nine times as much in the event that there is a fire.
- A sprinkler can increase your chances of surviving an emergency fire by between 50 percent and 97 percent.
- It can be used to reduce homeowner’s insurance costs by 5-15% and increase the home’s resale price.
Cons of Home Fire Suppression Systems
There are more benefits than drawbacks to installing a home fire sprinkler system in your home. There are two things you need to be aware of.
- It is costly to add a home fire suppression system.
- These sprinklers require regular maintenance, testing, and inspections each year to ensure they function correctly in the event that there is a fire.
Why are most homes built today without fire suppression systems?
There are several reasons a home may not have a fire suppression system when it is being built. First, new homes built with a home fire suppression system may cost more than homes without one. They can also be overlooked because many states do not require fire suppression systems.
If you are faced with the decision of installing a fire suppression system, it is worth it. It can save lives and be a long-term investment. They can be installed for up to 25 years depending on the system and add substantial value to a house.
How do you retrofit a home fire sprinkler system?
Retrofitting systems to homes is possible for all houses, but some homes are more challenging than others. The ease of retrofitting a home fire sprinkler system is affected by your water supply and the age of your house.
These are the steps to follow when installing a fire suppression system.
- Choose an experienced professional to guide you through every step.
- Each room is unique so design the installation plan accordingly.
- The water will be transported through pipes that are run through walls.
- Install the residential sprinklers.
- To ensure that the system meets all requirements, test it.
This type of installation is not for DIY. We recommend that you work with an architect, builder, and/or experienced contractor to add a fire suppression system in your home.