Frequently Asked Questions

What about potential water damage?

The average sprinkler head releases 10 to 15 gallons of water per minute. The fire department response team uses up to 250 gallons per minute.

Will all sprinkler heads activate when a fire is detected?

No. Sprinkler heads are heat activated, so only the heads near the fire will discharge water, usually one or two heads during a fire.

How do I obtain a permit?

Residential Design will supply you with the fire protection design and all material data needed for submittal to your local authority and receive a permit.

How are the sprinklers heads going to look in my house?

Today residential sprinkler heads are designed to blend in with the ceiling making them almost invisible. You can choose various styles of sprinkler heads from recessed to flat concealed.

Will residential fire protection systems become mandatory?

As of January 1, 2011 the International Residential Code (IRC) is requiring all new construction homes install fire protection systems. Over 250 jurisdictions in the United States have fire protection ordinances. As more jurisdictions realize the benefits from these systems the fire protection ordinances are expected to expand.

What is a multipurpose fire protection system?

A multipurpose system incorporates a home's cold water plumbing with the fire protection system. This prevents the water in the system from becoming stagnant and verifies fresh water is available if your fire protection system if it is ever needed. Multipurpose systems feature Polyethylene (PEX) tubing.

What is a stand-alone fire protection system?

A stand alone system is separate from the homes cold water plumbing. A stand-alone system can feature Polyethylene (PEX), Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC), or copper piping.

What type of system will work best?

This is up to the home owner and contractor. Residential Design can provide you with the information needed to determine what system will work best in your home.

Will a sprinkler head activate or leak for no apparent reason?

Sprinkler heads are designed to activate when the temperature increases to a specific temperature. The only other reason a head will activate is if it gets damaged or vandalized. The fire protection system in a dwelling unit is hydrostatically tested for not less than two hours. Fire sprinklers are in our schools, hospitals, and shopping malls and have been proven safe and reliable.

What is the cost of adding a fire protection system to my home?

The average cost will be about 1% – 1.5% of the building cost of your home.

Will the reaction time of a fire sprinkler system be quick enough to extinguish a fire completely?

Because fire sprinklers react so quickly, they can dramatically reduce the heat, flames and smoke produced from a fire. This increases your chance of survival and protects your property. Overall a fire can engulf an average house in about five minutes, compared to the 90th percentile National average response time of a fire response team, being eleven minutes. If the system does not completely extinguish the fire it will help prevent it from spreading throughout the home.

Contact us about our fire protection services and our dedication to safety.

Our mission is to provide quality residential fire sprinkler design, material ordering services, and sprinkler components to our customers, at a competitive price. In the new and unpredictable single family home market, Residential Design is your best partner in the home fire protection market.

We offer a 100% money back guarantee

If our shop drawings are not acceptable to your local authority, we will correct them or refund the design fees. Our goal is to help your company get an installation permit.