Frequently Asked Questions

How Effective are Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinklers when operated are effective in fires that were large enough to activate the system.

Will Fire Sprinklers Reduce Property Loss?

Absolutely. Installation of automatic fire sprinklers can reduce the average property loss by 74% per fire.

What is a backflow preventer?

A backflow preventer is a device used to protect potable water supplies from contamination or pollution due to backflow.

The simplest, most reliable way to provide backflow prevention is to provide an air gap. An air gap is simply an open vertical space between any device that connects to a plumbing system (like a valve or faucet) and any place where contaminated water can collect or pool. A simple air gap has no moving parts, other than flowing water. Many plumbing codes specify a minimum air gap distance required for various circumstances, such as a drain connection for a dishwasher.

Alternatively, a specialized backflow preventer valve may be installed at strategic locations in the plumbing system wherever there is a risk of contaminated fluids entering the water supply pipes. These valves are used where there is not sufficient vertical clearance or physical space to install an air gap, or when pressurized operation or other factors rule out use of an air gap. Because these valves use moving parts, they are often required to be inspected or tested periodically.

What is backflow?

Backflow is the reversef flow of water, contaminants or other substances through a cross-connection into the piping of a public water system or consumer’s water system.

What is a cross-connection?

A cross-connections are defined as actual or potentia connections between a potable water supply and a non-potable source, where it is possible for a contaminant to enter the drinking water supply.

How much does a sprinkler system cost?

Contact Quick Response Fire Protection for your free estimate!

What is backpressure backflow?

Backpressure backflow is backflow caused by a downstream pressure that is greater than the upstream or supply pressure in a public water system or consumer’s potable water system. Backpressure can result from an increase in downstream pressure, a reduction in the potable water supply pressure, or a combination of both. Increases in downstream pressure can be created by pumps, temperature increases in boilers or water heaters etc. Reductions in potable water supply pressure occur whenever the amount of water being used exceeds the amount of water being supplied, such as during water line flushing, fire fighting, or breaks in water mains.