It isn't just commercial buildings that have built-in fire suppression systems. Fire sprinkler systems can also be installed in residential properties. In fact, they are common in luxury homes. If you're building a custom home or just doing some major renovations, you might want to consider the installation of a new system.
Maintenance: What About Upkeep?
Sprinkler systems only need to be inspected every year to remain active. A sprinkler system consists of a network of pipes and a mechanical actuator that triggers the system. This mechanical actuator is usually a glass vial which blocks water flow. It breaks at a certain temperature.
However, this is important: the system does have to be maintained, and you have to be wary of setting it off. Setting off the suppression system as a false alarm can be costly. The water that comes out of a fire suppression system has often been sitting for a while and may damage or stain much of the things in your home. Thus, if you aren't going to care for the system, it could become harmful.
This is important if you're thinking of renting out your property later to tenants. If tenants accidentally trigger it, you may be looking at some damage.
Cost: Is It Too Expensive?
Many homeowners are surprised at the cost of a fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinkler systems only cost a few thousand dollars for a reasonably large (2,000 square foot) home. These systems are fairly simple to install; they only require some plumbing to be added to your property.
Apart from this, a fire sprinkler system can "pay for itself" in a few ways:
- It can reduce your homeowner's insurance rates. Most insurance companies will give you a sizable discount, as you've significantly reduced your risk of fire loss.
- It can improve your property values. You'll be able to sell your home for more money now that it is protected, potentially recovering a significant portion of the costs.
- It will reduce your loss in the case of fire. This is likely the most substantial savings.
To pay for this type of system, you can often get it financed through the company itself or through a home equity loan.
A fire sprinkler system is going to be an upfront cost, but ultimately it could save your family and your home. You can get a quote for a fire suppression system from your local fire and security companies. Contact a company like Allied Fire & Safety Equipment Co Inc for more information and assistance.