Sprinkler Head Layout

Sprinkler systems play an integral role in extinguishing fires in Chicago buildings. However, their efficacy depends on their ultimate layout. New York Engineers are the best in sprinkler engineering services.

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Sprinkler Head Layout

 
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What are sprinkler systems?

These are automatic fire suppressants that discharge highly pressurized water with a maximum flow rate to residential and commercial buildings fires. There is a network of pipes and automatic sprinkler heads involved to make sprinkler systems complete. With this level of fire protection, you can minimize extensive property damages, save lives while waiting for emergency responders to arrive at the scene.

 

At New York Engineers we specialize with a variety of sprinkler systems and so we assure you quality sprinkler engineering services to safeguard your property. Our designs are revered all over the industry because we are experts in what we do.

 

Our MEP technicians are well experienced in fire protection and sprinkler engineering services. From alarm design, installation to maintenance and sprinkler head layouts, we pride ourselves in the expertise we possess.

 

Fire can be catastrophic in any residential or commercial settings. Imagine the assets you stand to lose if the fire had broken out. That’s massive! The best way is to have sprinkler systems to extinguish fire after being triggered by smoke or heat detectors in a building. Our engineers can also design the best emergency detectors to actuate the sprinklers. Moreover, we interface with various departments to ensure that owners get a prompt response they deserve.

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Types of Sprinkler Systems We Design

Our sprinkler engineering services provide you options to choose from. Generally, there is wet, dry and deluxe sprinkler system. Each has its pros and cons, and so building owners should assess every option to ensure that it suits their situations.

 

Wet sprinkler systems: These systems should be self-explanatory enough in that a wet pipe sprinkler system literally signifies a constantly wet pipe network of pipes. What happens is that the water is already ready to be dispensed in the pipes once the fire detectors actuate the sprinkler heads.

 

Wet sprinkler systems are great because they are all set for an emergency. On the other hand, they have the downside should the pipes leak. If they are installed in a data center or a library, their damages could be way extensive and intensive. For this reason, you always have to monitor them for any mechanical failures that could lead to leakages.

 

The other disadvantage is when the temperatures drop below a freezing point. The water in these pipes could freeze thus rendering the system useless should the fire break out. New York Engineers advice that which system is great depending on your frequent climatic conditions.   

 

Dry pipe sprinkler systems: this one too is self-explanatory. The pipes of these systems are filled with air while the water is kept away by nozzles. It is when the sprinkler heads get activated that water will be released into the pipes. Well, this has a lag whereas emergencies happen at a moment’s notice. So this might be the downside of these systems.

 

However, dry pipe systems are great in dire climatic conditions notorious of extremely cold temperatures. The water will not freeze.

 

Deluxe sprinkler systems: These ones are always ready for an action with open nozzles. They are best suited for large fires in large buildings.

 

We provide all these sprinkler system designs. Most importantly, we provide even more: sprinkler head layout

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Getting Sprinkler Head Layouts

Knowing that you need sprinkler systems is one step further towards meeting NFPA building codes that require fire safety measures. Getting the sprinkler head layouts is the next crucial step to ensure your area has full coverage of sprinkler systems. Although these sprinkler systems come in variances, they have the same basic heads and so the layout does not really differ depending on a typical system.

 

New York Engineers MEP designers are experts in sprinkler engineering and fire protection services. We have mastered the art of laying out sprinkler heads in accordance with the required standards NFPA 13.

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How do we layout sprinkler heads?

Our engineers will visit your property to assess it, review it and collect facts about its dimensions and any other pertinent information. If your building is designed by us then there is no need to review it later on because our sprinkler systems can be incorporated in the designs already.

 

The next step would be to lay out the sprinkler system. It is not an easy process for amateurs but for us the experienced we know what to do in a blink of an eye. For instance, we have to do lots of calculations such as system piping. The network of sprinkler pipes can be confusing and so it needs precise and meticulous calculations to ensure that everything falls in place after laying out the system. Nothing is difficult for us at all.

 

We will collect all the details prior to designing the sprinklers and laying them out in accordance with the stipulated requirements.

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What are the exact dimensions for the sprinkler head layout?

In order to provide the best coverage in your property, sprinkler head dimensions were laid out and regulated through NFPA 13. There are main criteria used in laying out sprinkler heads towards a fight against fire emergencies.

 

Firstly, the sprinkler heads must be located near the ceiling where heat gets concentrated. Sprinklers are activated by heat so it makes sense to place them next to a heat concentrated area for efficient operation. Lastly, sprinkler heads should not be obstructed by anything so that they are fully exposed to the area for the efficient extinguishment of the fire. That said, they should be clear from trusses, soffits, and beams.

 

It is important to ensure that you hire only the best building designers that will incorporate. Whether you have a large, small or a medium-sized building, New York Engineers can be your go-to designers. We understand the complexities involved when designing large buildings that must be incorporated with sprinkler systems versus a constant supply of public or municipal water.

 

You do not have to spend time worrying about how to layout sprinkler heads or calculate the piping sizes or how to connect the water supply to the sprinkler system piping network when you have the best engineers. Oftentimes, sprinkler systems will have an 8-inch coverage radius when properly installed. This forms the basis of other dimensions enforced by the standards.

 

The remarkable dimensions are the head distance and spacing requirements. The NFPA helps out with these specific requirements to ensure an uncompromised coverage in your building. Basically, the requirements are based on the extent of hazards stored in the said area. They also take into account the pump flow calculations.

 

Light Hazards: This is the area with low concentrations of flammable materials. For this reason, sprinkler heads should be placed 15 feet from each other. Each head has a coverage of 130 to 200 sq ft.

 

Ordinary Hazards 1 & 2: This entails areas with moderate concentrations of flammable materials. Typically, the heads should still be 15 feet from each other. Each head covers 130 sq ft of the area.

 

Extra Hazard 1 & 2: This one is a highly concentrated area with flammable areas and should receive more focus. Sprinkler heads should be 13 ft from each other with each head covering 90 to 130 sq ft.

 

Other worth considering specifications include the distance of the sprinkler heads from the walls. Ideally, the distance should be half the distance between sprinkler heads. In case of extra hazard criteria where heads should be 13 feet from each other, the distance from the wall should be 6.5 inches.  

 

A minimum distance between sprinkler heads is usually 6 inches whereas the distance from ceilings stands at a minimum of 1 inch and a maximum of 12 inches.

 

All these specifications may seem too technical to achieve. To us is an absolute breeze to fulfill your needs and ensure that there is full coverage. Our engineers will conduct the necessary calculations in line with these required dimensions and install the sprinkler systems.

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What if despite following these specifications there is no full coverage?

In such cases, you can amend the rules but by not relaying out the sprinkler heads. Instead, you have to add the extended coverage sprinkler heads. What do these extended heads entail?

 

Well, they add extra radius of about 10 ft and could also be spaced 20 ft apart. They add more coverage and improve the efficiency of the sprinkler systems in your home. The extended coverage sprinkler heads are suitable when the standard distribution heads battle to give full coverage. There are many factors that can be attributed to this shortfall. That’s another topic for another day.

 

We also excel in installing the extended coverage sprinkler heads. This can be an added service to even those that have installed sprinkler systems ages ago. New York Engineers technicians pride themselves in unmatched fire sprinkler engineering services they offer to their clientele at affordable prices.

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Why consider sprinkler head layout?

Sprinkler heads are never installed randomly. There is mathematics involved in placing these devices to ensure that no space is compromised should there be an emergency. Overlooking such details could jeopardize the value of your property or human life.

 

The standard NFPA 13 (Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems) emphasizes the importance of having a professional engineer to design and install these fire suppression systems. We know many homeowners have immersed in the idea of DIYs. NFPA 13 inspectors will regard your attempts as unsafe and null unless involves a professional engineer hence New York Engineers is here for you.

 

Sprinkler systems are demanding and carry risk if not properly installed. Their significances need not be underestimated because without sprinklers systems fire would advance to the battles of firefighters. A large portion of property assets would have been lost by the time fighters arrive if there are no sprinkler systems. Moreover, the absence of sprinkler systems attracts higher insurance fees for your buildings.

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Is it that expensive to have a sprinkler head layout?

Certainly not! New York Engineers always look for ways to optimize your costs. We help you cut the costs while not compromising the quality of the service we give you. It would even be much better if we take care of your sprinkler systems designs from the start so we can factor all the costs at once without hidden extras.

 

Why choose New York Engineers?

 

For so many years, we’ve been at the helm of MEP Engineering designs. As experts in sprinkler engineering services, we guarantee you the best results of your sprinkler head layout. Our engineers will assess your building, do necessary calculations and then come with a better strategy on how to maneuver the layout in accordance with NFPA 13 specifications.

 

If the specifications do not give a full coverage due to some factors, we can still install extended coverage sprinkler heads placed up to 20 ft apart. These ones add 10 ft radius to ensure the best coverage. Give us a call today to be at your service.

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