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When it comes to sprinkler systems, whether or not that be for sprinkler system installation or even sprinkler system repair, there is a whole engineering process that we have to go through to make sure that at any point that an actual fire breaks out, you are taken care of. We come to your business with multiple technicians, visiting multiple angles to find what products help us fight any kind of fire or peril that breaks out most effectively. Not only do we determine the right systems for you, but we help determine where the installation should go, at what capacity the design can blend into the current building, and how much of a budget you allocated for the project. That is why our team is trained and certified to help make sure that we cover every end when it comes to fire-related commercial codes and compliance.
Everything You Need to Know About a Water Filled Pipe
There are many things you may not realize about your business in terms of keeping your infrastructure up to city code. Water filled pipe that runs through an unconditioned space in a building(not heated) needs to have a way to ensure that the piping will not fall below freezing temperatures. Per NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) They need to be maintained at temperatures above forty degrees so that the water inside the pipe is not allowed to freeze and expand to the point where the frozen water causes the pipe to break. Water that does not move tends to freeze at a much higher rate than other types of plumbing and HVAC water systems carrying water because the other systems have moving water in them which is harder to freeze because flowing water is basically potential energy constantly being converted into heat energy that resists freezing. In order for flowing water to freeze it would have to be extraordinarily cold, or remain cold for an extended period of time, or even a combination of the two.
Referring to information from the NFPA 13 Handbook from the section
188.8.131.52 Protection of Piping Against Freezing:
(Explanatory material from the handbook):
“Tenting the insulation over the pipe can be extremely effective as long as the insulation is not installed between the heated space and the pipe and sufficient insulation is kept over the pipe to trap the heat coming up from below. Other trades working in the building need to understand the importance of not disturbing the insulation once it has been laid down.”
184.108.40.206.1* Where any portion of a system is subject to freezing and the temperatures cannot be reliably maintained at or above 40°F (4°C), the system shall be installed as a dry pipe or pre-action system.
A.220.127.116.11.1 Water-filled piping can be run in spaces above a heated room, such as attics, even if the space above the room is not heated itself. Insulation can be located above the pipe to trap the heat from below and prevent the pipe from freezing. It is important not to bury the piping in the insulation because if too much insulation ends up between the pipe and the heated space, the insulation will prevent the heat from getting to the pipe. This method of protecting the pipe is acceptable to this standard.
Since per NFPA 13 “This method of protecting the pipe is acceptable to this standard”, tenting fire sprinkler pipe with insulation is a popular method which satisfies this requirement.
There are various methods to tent pipe in order to prevent freezing of pipe:
1. Use poly over the pipe to prevent any insulation from getting between the bottom of the pipe and the heat envelope, then use blown-in insulation or batt to create R-38 over the pipe 2. Use batt insulation and run R-19 along both sides of the pipe parallel then run
R-19 perpendicular to the pipe creating an R-38 barrier around the pipe with the batt insulation and minimizing any leakage areas 3.
Use the paper side of the batt insulation and staple to joist creating a “tenting over the pipe with batt insulation then lay another layer of batt or have sufficient blown-in insulation to create R-38 total including the batt that is being used as tenting over that layer of Batt insulation
From time to time there may be some misunderstanding on the interpretation of the NFPA 13 18.104.22.168 Protection of Piping Against Freezing requirements. Since the pipe is being tented with insulation. The requirement for 22.214.171.124.5:
126.96.36.199.5 Water-filled piping shall be permitted to be installed in areas where the temperature is less than 40°F (4°C) when heat loss calculations performed by a professional engineer verify that the system will not freeze.
Since this section refers to when piping, and not the typical fire extinguisher service Richmond discussions when being installed in the heat envelope for the floor below with the insulation installed above the piping, the requirement for 188.8.131.52.5 should not be required unless it is intended to have the occupants who will be living in the below heat envelope endure temperatures below 40 degrees.
A few examples of when a water-filled pipe may run through an area that is unheated and would thus require heat loss calculations from a professional engineer may include a military installation where bays are being used to work on equipment and may have some heat but the entire space is not considered a “heated space”. It could be a bay area.
Our goal is to help educate you and clear up some of the questions, concerns, and comments that we have heard, and even continue to hear from clients from time to time on the issue. Please let us know if there are any questions regarding this or any other issue or concern, especially related to your fire extinguisher service Richmond needs and other fire safety concerns.