Fire sprinkler in a large warehouse with metal shelving

Installing or replacing an indoor fire sprinkler system is one of the most important investments you’ll make to protect your property and the people inside it. Whether it’s for a commercial building or a residential home, having an automatic fire suppression system can make a difference when the unexpected occurs.

That’s why the process of installing an indoor fire sprinkler system involves professional contractors and local fire authorities.

Can You Install a Fire Sprinkler System Yourself?

No. While some improvement projects may be suitable for DIY enthusiasts, installing an indoor fire sprinkler system is not one of them. Fire sprinkler systems must comply with local fire safety codes and regulations. Improper installation can lead to system failures, which could be catastrophic in the event of a fire. 

The installation process involves intricate design and precise measurements. Professional installers have the expertise to ensure your system covers all necessary areas effectively and is fully compliant. Also, many insurance companies require professional installation for coverage. Professional installations also come with warranties that protect you from future issues. 

Indoor Sprinkler System Installation (Step by Step)

When one of our technicians installs an indoor sprinkler system, they take several critical steps that ensure your sprinkler system will function properly in the event of a fire. For residential care facilities, there are requirements to tie the sprinkler system into a fire alarm system. 

Here’s a detailed look at the process:

  1. Conducting an assessment and drawing up a design. Our experts will evaluate your property to determine the best design. This involves mapping out the most effective placement of sprinklers to ensure maximum coverage.
  2. Obtaining permits and approvals. Certain permits and approvals from local authorities are required before sprinkler installation. Although there’s a lot of paperwork involved, it’s to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.
  3. Selecting the right materials. Quality results require high-quality pipes, sprinkler heads, and control valves to ensure durability and reliability.
  4. Removing sheetrock. For plumbing exposure, professionals remove sheetrock in walls and ceilings.
  5. Installing the sprinkler system. Our technicians will carefully place pipes and install sprinkler heads according to the design plan. They also take precise measurements using specialized tools to ensure flawless execution.
  6. Testing the sprinkler system. Once installed, the system undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it functions correctly. This includes water pressure tests, flow tests, and ensuring the control valves operate as intended.
  7. Performing a final inspection. In collaboration with fire safety authorities, a final inspection is conducted to certify the system after testing. 

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Fire Sprinkler System?

The cost of installing a standard fire sprinkler system with inconspicuous sprinkler heads generally can run up to 3$ per square foot. Inconspicuous sprinkler heads, which are probably what you’re used to seeing, offer a balance of functionality and discreteness.

Additionally, aesthetic sprinkler heads, designed to blend with property interiors, tend to be more expensive. These heads are ideal for maintaining a sophisticated look while ensuring safety. But for those looking for a more budget-friendly option for aesthetics, semi-recessed sprinkler heads are less expensive. 

Example of a concealed (aesthetic) fire head sprinkler

Keep in mind that additional expenses such as water supply upgrades, maintenance, and inspections can add to the overall cost. It’s crucial to factor in these associated expenses to get a complete picture of your investment. Remember — investing in a fire sprinkler system is not just about compliance, it’s about safeguarding lives and property effectively.

What About Fire Sprinkler System Retrofits?

If your property is older and lacks an existing fire sprinkler system, a retrofit sprinkler system installation is an available option. Retrofitting a sprinkler system involves running pipes through existing walls and ceilings. 

If your building requires retrofitting, our technicians can evaluate the existing structure to determine the feasibility and best approach for retrofitting a fire sprinkler system. Then they create a customized design that integrates with your building’s existing architecture, ensuring minimal disruption.

Enhance Your Property’s Fire Safety

Whether you’re considering a new installation or a retrofit sprinkler system, Vanport Mechanical & Fire Sprinklers Inc. has the expertise and dedication to ensure your system is installed correctly and efficiently. We specialize in providing top-notch fire sprinkler installations and retrofits, ensuring your property is protected with the latest technology and expertise. Our team is here to provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re protected. 

Contact us today to get started with a free quote!

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