A wet pipe sprinkler system is the most common sprinkler system used for life safety protection because of its reliability, effectiveness, and low cost of maintenance. Keystone is an expert in all aspects of sprinkler systems from installation to testing and routine maintenance, including fire pumps and backflow preventers, which are critical to the effective operation and compliance with codes.
What is Wet Pipe Sprinkler System?
Benefits of Wet Pipe Sprinkler System
A wet pipe sprinkler system consists of a system of pipes that perpetually contains pressurized water. If the system is activated due to the presence of a fire, the sprinkler heads located at the ends of the pipes will open, releasing the water inside. Since the water is essentially incorporated into the system, wet pipe sprinklers are very quick to respond to a fire and can extinguish or contain the flames before the damage spirals out of control.
Another benefit to wet pipe sprinkler systems is that they are extremely versatile and can be modified to fit almost any environment. With the addition of a fire pump, a wet pipe sprinkler system ensures that the water pressure and volume will always be adequate, making this sprinkler system suitable for warehouse, office complexes or other industrial buildings. Additionally, backflow preventers can be installed to prevent water from returning to and contaminating a potable water source, thus increasing the number of water sources that can supply the sprinkler system. Between these modifications, as well as the overall efficiency and reliability of this system, wet pipe sprinkler systems are among the most common types of fire sprinkler systems used.
How and Why Wet Pipe Sprinkler Systems Are So Effective
Overhead pipes contain water under continuous pressure and terminate in a series of closed sprinklers. When a fire occurs and produces a sufficient amount of heat, sprinklers discharge immediately preventing fast developing fires from becoming dangerously large, while simultaneously sounding an alarm. Wet pipe sprinkler system is effective and stop fires from growing, helping save lives and property.
Because Fire Pumps Cannot Fail - Keystone Knows Fire Pumps
An automatic fire pump provides the pressure and water volume necessary for a wet pipe sprinkler system to operate properly in large buildings, high rises, warehouses, and other commercial or industrial applications. Because a fire pump is a large capital expenditure, you need an experienced partner like Keystone to select the best and most cost-efficient fire pump for your system and facility.
Whether the pump you need is a horizontal split case, vertical split case, vertical inline, vertical turbine, or end suction, we specify it, install it, inspect it, and test it for operational efficiency. Keystone recognizes that a fire pump is a critical piece of the life safety puzzle, and provides affordable inspection, maintenance, and repair to keep your pump operating reliably.
Backflow prevention assemblies are required on potable water lines serving fire sprinkler systems, fire service standpipes, and fire hydrants. These devices prevent the reverse flow of water that could contaminate the water supply. Backflow preventers are also used when sprinkler systems are connected to non-potable public water supplies, especially when the systems are interconnected with alternative sources of water or when antifreeze or other chemicals have been added.
Keystone designers and technicians will select the proper backflow valves for your wet pipe sprinkler system, or repair or retrofit a malfunctioning backflow device to keep your system compliant and functioning properly.