A fire sprinkler system is an active fire protection measure, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flowrate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected. By a wide margin, wet pipe sprinkler systems are installed more often than all other types of fire sprinkler systems. They also are the most reliable, because they are simple, with the only operating components being the automatic sprinklers and (commonly, but not always) the automatic alarm check valve. An automatic water supply provides water under pressure to the system piping. What many may not know, is that anti-freeze is mixed into the solution of liquid that comes out of the sprinkler system.
So when a home has a water loss due to a fire sprinkler system, it’s not just water that has to be cleaned up. Anti-Freeze can by sticky and also discolor certain pieces of furniture and clothing. The quicker the loss can be cleaned the better, (although this is the case for all water losses), but certainly in this situation due to the solution soaking into fabrics and building materials. Odors from the sprinkler system can also be offensive and linger especially if the system which leaked or failed was on the top floor of the home and insulation in the attic got wet. Being sure that the wet materials are thoroughly cleaned and structurally dried, while also discarding all non-salvageable materials will have the home reconstruction ready and hence back to pre-loss conditions quickly.
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