November 1, 2018

How Are Wet and Dry Fire Suppression Systems Different?


Effective fire protection is a must for every building. However, the system you choose for your environment will differ depending on a few factors. There are two primary types of fire suppression available: wet and dry. If you want to ensure that you pick the appropriate method of fire protection for your building, it’s important to understand the basic differences between the two systems.


Wet Fire Suppression Systems

As you might guess, wet fire suppression systems use water to douse flames—but so do dry fire suppression systems. The difference is that with wet fire suppression systems, the water is available in the sprinkler pipes and ready to use at all times. In order to ensure that the system always works as intended, fire suppression systems must be kept in environments where the temperature will not drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the water can’t freeze. Because of the hazard of leaks, wet fire suppression systems are generally not used in areas where water could cause expensive property damage, such as storage rooms with important paperwork.


Dry Fire Suppression Systems

Dry fire suppression systems contain pressurized air in their pipes, rather than water. The air serves to keep back the water. When the sprinkler system is activated, the water is released so that it can put out the fire. Unlike wet fire suppression systems, there is a short delay before the water is used. Dry fire suppression systems may be better for buildings where electronics and other vulnerable equipment are being stored, and they are also better-suited for unheated buildings that may experience freezing temperatures.


Are you looking for increased protection against fire in your building? Kazal Fire Protection, Inc. is committed to providing a high level of fire protection to each and every client we work with. For more information about the fire protection systems we offer to our clients in the Tucson area, contact us today at (520) 323-1518.