The Advantages of a Home Sprinkler System
Installing a home sprinkler system is one of the best ways to keep your home safe in the event of a fire, but we’ve heard many people talk about why choosing a home sprinkler system is a bad idea. Most of the negative thinking surrounding home sprinkler systems is just not true, so we hope to debunk some of the myths and encourage you to install your own home fire-suppresion system.
Myth 1: Home sprinklers are expensive to install and maintain. The truth is that it’s not a $15 dollar purchase to install a home-wide sprinkler system, but it’s also nowhere near the high costs that would make it unaffordable. With new construction, prices start at around $1.60 per square foot (under $4,000 for a 2,000 sq. ft. home). It may seem like a lot, depending on your income and/or house size, but also consider the safety that a home sprinkler system brings. Sometimes, a leaking toilet alone can cause over $5,000 in damage.
Myth 2: When one goes off, they all go off. This isn’t true. Many times the sprinkler system will have sensors in each room and can operate in specific capacities. Most fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler in the system.
Myth 3: Sprinkler systems can go off by accident and ruin the home. Now that we’re looking at the 2020s, most systems are designed not to do this anymore. There are outliers you can find, just like cars that catch fire or electrocutions from washing machines, but the truth is that an accidental release of the system is very unlikely. In the rare event that the system does release by accident, the risk and repair costs still are a better choice than not having a system installed during a fire and losing a home. Additionally, some installations may be covered by insurance in the event that they accidentally go off.
Myth 4: Sprinklers can ruin a home in the event of a fire. The truth is that a sprinkler system spraying the home is still less water damage than you’ll find from firefighter’s hoses and less overall damage when compared to soot and smoke damage, which spreads quickly throughout an entire home.
The numbers are overwhelming—installing a sprinkler system is a powerful way to save lives, prevent additional property loss, and contain or extinguish fires prior to emergency responders arriving to your home. You and your family are safer, can sleep more soundly, and have less chance of losing your most valuable items with a sprinkler system installed in your home.
Henry Duckstein Jr.