FAQ Fire Sprinkler Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

We frequently get asked the same questions from our clients and from people curious to know more about residential fire supression systems.

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What is involved in installing a fire mist system?

QSD Fire specialises in the design, supply, and installation of fire mist systems for both residential and domestic projects. They ensure compliance with BS8458 and BS8489 standards, offering expert advice and free, no-obligation quotations during the planning process. Further details on their installation process can be found on the Fire Mist Systems page.


Which standards do QSD Fire mist systems meet?

The SafeMist system by QSD Fire meets current British Standards for fire mist systems in domestic and residential properties. It includes self-testing capabilities and requires only an annual service, with full system certification provided for building control sign-off. More information is available on our Fire Mist Systems page.


Can fire mist systems be used in any residential setting?

Yes, QSD Fire’s fire mist systems are suitable for a variety of residential settings and are particularly effective in properties where space is limited or where there is a need to minimise water damage, such as flats or houses with valuable interiors. The systems are designed to be discreet and can be installed in small spaces like kitchen cupboards. Additional details are available on the Fire Mist Systems page.


Are fire mist systems more effective than traditional sprinkler systems?

While both systems have their specific applications, fire mist systems can be more effective in situations requiring minimal water use and where space for equipment is limited. They are especially advantageous in environments that contain electronics or valuable items. However, traditional sprinkler systems might be preferred in larger or more industrial spaces due to their robustness and cost-effectiveness. You can compare these systems on our Water Mist vs. Sprinkler Systems page.


What are the key maintenance considerations for QSD Fire’s sprinkler and mist systems?

Both types of systems require annual maintenance to ensure they remain in optimal working condition. QSD Fire offers comprehensive maintenance services and maintains a detailed service database to manage and remind property owners of upcoming service needs, ensuring all systems function correctly and efficiently. More information on their maintenance programmes can be found on ourFire Mist Systems page.



What are the advantages of fire mist systems?

Fire mist systems are highly efficient for residential and domestic properties. They consume less water and can be easily retrofitted due to their smaller pipe size. These systems discharge a high-pressure water mist through specialized nozzles, effectively extinguishing fires while minimizing water damage and space requirements. More details can be found on our Fire Mist Systems page.



How often do fire suppression systems need servicing?

Both mist and traditional sprinkler systems require annual servicing to ensure they operate efficiently and safely. QSD Fire provides reminders and comprehensive aftercare, maintaining a detailed service database to manage these requirements efficiently. For specific details, you can refer to the information provided on our Fire Mist Systems page.



Do I need a water storage tank for a fire mist system?

No, QSD Fire’s fire mist systems, particularly the SafeMist system, do not require a water storage tank. They are suitable for properties with low water flow and pressure, working by pressurising and pumping the water during a fire event. More information is available on our Fire Mist Systems page.



What are the differences between water mist and traditional sprinkler systems?

Water mist systems use less water and are better suited for environments where water damage needs to be minimized, such as in homes with electronics and valuable items. Traditional sprinkler systems might be preferable in larger commercial settings where overall coverage and lower installation costs are prioritized. Comparative insights are discussed on our Water Mist vs. Sprinkler Systems page.



Can I choose my own service provider for system maintenance?

For their open protocol misting systems like SafeMist, QSD Fire allows property owners the flexibility to choose their service providers freely, which helps to ensure competitive pricing and service quality. More about this can be read on our Open Protocol Misting System page.



Fire Sprinkler Systems FAQ

What is an automatic fire sprinkler system? Automatic fire sprinkler systems consist of a water supply system (from pumps and tank or directly from mains water), a network of plastic CPVC pipe and fire sprinkler heads.

What equipment do you use? We use only quality CPVC pipework, fittings and sprinkler heads in our sprinkler systems specifically made and designed for use in fire sprinkler systems. We frequently get asked what CPVC stands for, this is the

Can fire sprinkler heads operate accidentally? (We get asked this one a lot!). Sprinkler heads are individually activated by very high head (around 68⁰C). They do not operate by smoke, dust or fumes. As each head is individually activated only the fire sprinkler head in the location of the fire is activated when required. Contrary to what you see in movies not all sprinkler heads go off at the same time.

Why are sprinklers important for life safety? Fire Suppression Systems do not rely upon human factors such as planned escape routes. They work immediately to reduce the danger. Sprinklers prevent fires developing saving lives and allowing people time to safely evacuate.

Is water damage from sprinklers as bad as fire damage? Water damage from operating fire suppression systems is considerably less than what the fire and rescue hoses would need to discharge. In most cases fire suppression systems operate at an early stage of a fire and will have suppressed or extinguished a fire long before the fire and rescue services arrive.

Are there different types of automatic sprinkler systems? Yes – wet sprinkler systems and dry sprinkler systems. QSD design, supply and installer wet systems we specialise in Fire Sprinkler Systems and Water Mist Systems.

How does the sprinkler head operate? Sprinkler heads have a small glass bulb this bulb will break in the event of high heat which allows water to flow through the sprinkler head and discharge the fire.

Can I paint CPVC pipe? Yes- provided the paint is water or latex based. Oil based paint or paint with solvent content can’t be used with CPVC. Sprinkler heads must not be painted as this will effect how the system works.

Where can I find out further information? Contact the team at QSD on info@qsduk.com or 01352219587.

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