Fire sprinkler systems offer reliable and affordable fire protection to your commercial properties. Not only do sprinkler systems prevent lives and property losses from fires, but also save millions of dollars to business owners by way of tax deductions, code and ordinance compliance, insurance savings, and the ability to continue business as usual.
But for as beneficial as sprinkler systems may be in reducing harm caused by a fire, the downside is the wet mess they leave behind.
To prevent a fire from spreading and causing widespread damage, if not a total loss, the sprinkler systems springs into action as soon as a fire is detected. This typically occurs during the “flashover” stage, or when the fire transitions from the “growing” stage to the last stage–a fully developed fire. Sprinkler systems can address the specific area of the fire, preventing the spread.
This may seem as though you are trading one catastrophe for another–a flood versus a fire; but the reality is properly functioning sprinkler systems are designed to reduce the amount of water used to put out the fire. In fact, a sprinkler system may use hundreds of gallons of water to douse a fire, while firefighters will use thousands.
With that said, any water used indoors means you are left with a moisture problem that needs to be addressed. Sprinkler system water damage can include: wet drywall, carpeting, and other building materials; wet office or tenant materials such as upholstery, the development of mold and mildew, and standing water.
Hiring a commercial water damage restoration professional, such as DRS Disaster Restoration Services, is the first step to make sure all water damage is addressed and managed with skill to eliminate future damage. This service provider will assess the existing water damage and develop a strategy to return your property back to its original, non-damaged state. The plan includes: