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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Three Common Types Of Fire Sprinkler Systems

by Mike Brewer

If you're in the midst of new construction, you'll want to consider fire safety as a paramount concern. Before you install a sprinkler system in the building, you'll want to make sure that you understand your options. There are several different styles of sprinkler systems, each with its own unique features. Depending on the type of environment you're putting the system in, you may find that one style is better than the others.

Early Suppression Fast Response Systems

If you're building a commercial structure that's going to be used as an industrial or manufacturing environment, you need to be aggressive about your fire prevention and suppression services. Most of these buildings have high-value equipment and may be at high risk of fire. Investing in an early suppression system may allow you to catch a fire before it becomes serious, because these systems are more sensitive to heat than others. That means that even a small fire can trigger the sprinklers, which helps to keep the fire from spreading.

Residential Systems

If you're building a residential structure, even if it's a commercial condominium building, you'll want to explore the residential sprinkler system options. It's best to install sprinkler systems during the initial construction phase, because it requires a network of water pipes to run through the ceiling. Most residential sprinkler systems are designed to be subtle and compact so that they don't stand out in most homes.

You may even be able to get a discount on homeowners insurance if you install a sprinkler system in the home. The sprinkler system can reduce fire damage, which may reduce the cost of claims. As a result, many insurance companies provide a percentage discount for fire safety.

Water Mist Systems

A water mist sprinkler system doesn't spray water the way that a standard sprinkler system does. Instead, it produces steam to settle a fire. The steam production cools the room. Steam also helps to reduce heat production and draws oxygen out of the air. This suffocates the fire, because it needs oxygen to thrive. If you have a room that's vulnerable to water damage, such as a server room or computer room, you'll want to skip this system, though. The water damage could be more destructive than you'd think. Make sure you talk with a fire suppression specialist to find out if these mist systems will work well in your space.

The goal of a fire suppression system is to keep the flames from spreading rapidly while you wait for the fire department. Some fire sprinkler systems can even put out the fire on their own, reducing the damage that you're left with in the event of a fire.

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