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Domestic Fire Sprinkler Systems

Domestic fire sprinkler systems are placed in single-family or single-occupancy homes, among other types of housing.
 
If you are building a new home with restricted access for fire engines (45m Rule) or remodelling or expanding an existing home that may have a large open-plan living area with exposed escape routes, your Building Control Officer (BCO) may recommend installing a fire sprinkler system in your home.

The Fire Sprinkler System will be designed, installed and commissioned to the BS9251:2021 standards Category 1 with a minimum design discharge density of 2.10mm/min through each sprinkler operating simultaneously up to a maximum of two sprinklers in a single area of operation with a 10-minute water supply.

One of the most often installed systems in domestic settings to safeguard your family and belongings is a fire sprinkler system.
 
BCK Fire Sprinklers uses only a few suppliers for our pipework, connections, valve sets, sprinkler heads, and covers as we install your system in accordance with BS9251:2021 Standards.
 
It is necessary to have an unmetered water supply that is at least 32 mm or larger in size along with a flow test to verify that the water supply is flowing at least 110 lpm into your property. Should the water supply be insufficient, it will be necessary to add a pump and tank.
 
If you haven't already, our team at BCK will request that you send us a floor plan of the property that needs a fire sprinkler system. These drawings must be in.pdf or.dwg format so that our estimators can see the layout of the property and determine how many sprinkler heads will be needed to protect it.
 
Before installation, BCK will email you an estimate. If it is accepted, we will work to complete a sprinkler design that you may submit to Building Control for approval.  When the system is approved, BCK will talk with you about the ideal time to begin installation. 

During the first fix stage, our engineers will install the sprinkler heads and piping. After the system is installed, they will test it under pressure and leave it there until we return to commission it.

 
When we come to commission the system, it will be after the painting and decorating is finished. We will install the cover plates that conceal the sprinkler heads in the ceiling, connect the fire sprinkler system to the water mains or the pump and tank, and make sure everything is operating properly by turning on the flow switch and allowing water to pass through the flow switch which will in turn activate the sounder alarm. The Fire Sprinkler System is then left in full working order and in a commissioned state.

Fire Sprinkler Head

Fire Sprinkler Head

This is an illustration of what the installation will look like following the initial installation by BCK. The yellow coverings are left in place to safeguard the head and ensure that the plasterboard borders create a hole for the head to be visible.

Close up of a Fire Sprinkler Cover

Close up of a Fire Sprinkler Cover

Valve Set

Valve Set

The water will begin to flow through the flow switch as soon as the cover is lowered and the fire sprinkler head activates, alerting you to the presence of a fire.

Fire Sprinkler Pump

Fire Sprinkler Pump

Example of a Fire Sprinkler Pump and Tank installed in a domestic property

Fire Sprinkler Covers

Fire Sprinkler Covers

The fire sprinkler heads are covered by cover plates that are fitted during the commissioning stage. If these are painted, the heat won't be able to melt the solder, allowing the lid to come off, the fire sprinkler head to drop, and the fire to go out. Water will begin to flow through the flow switch when the fire sprinkler head activates, alerting you to the presence of a fire through the sounder alarm.

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