It's undeniable that water sprinklers save lives and protect property. The problem is that there's a sweet spot that your fire sprinklers have to hit in order to deploy enough to maximize reduction in fire damage, but not dump so much that it wastes an unnecessary amount of water. Here's a guide for how emerging technologies can help reduce damage to your property by ensuring that your sprinkler system hits that sweet spot.

Smart Sprinklers

Smart water sprinklers release 8 to 24 gallons per minute. In comparison, a firefighter's hose can release as much as 150 gallons of water per minute into a house, which is over five times more potential damage to the building.

Smart fire sprinkler systems can both detect fires and more efficiently deploy water on the fire without hitting the higher rates of water flow. The fast detection and sensing ensures that water only goes off when it's needed and then shuts off after the fire goes out.

The Problem of Sprinkler Skipping

One problem that often occurs with automatic fire sprinklers is that they don't work up to their full capacity because water from one sprinkler hits other sprinklers and interferes with their functioning. What happens is that water from first sprinkler hits the heat sensor from the second sprinkler, which cools the sensor down and makes the sensor think the fire isn't as hot as it is.

The reason why sprinklers are set up this way is to make sure that only the amount of water that's actually needed is dumped on the fire. The phenomenon where sprinklers don't go off because of water from other sprinklers is called "skipping."

Anti-Skipping Technology

Recently, the problem of skipping is being addressed by new anti-skipping technology. This technology works by adding a water shield that prevents stray water spray from hitting the sensors on other sprinklers.

This new technology could greatly reduce fire damage, since water sprinkler skipping can prevent sprinklers directly over the worst part of a fire from actually activating. As a result, the water density could be greatly reduced, which may allow for the fire to spread and cause more damage than it should.

Fire sprinklers aren't going to be as useful as they could be unless you make sure that they release the right amount of water at the right time in order to protect your property from damage. For more information, speak with experts like All Type Fire Protection Inc.