Fire safety is essential in any home, no matter the size. Designed and installed with the intent to quickly get occupants out of a home to safety, residential fire sprinkler systems in the U.S. have an excellent track record of not only keeping people safe, but oftentimes helping to preserve the structure.
Viega knows the importance of fire protection, which is why we partnered with Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company and began manufacturing Viega PureFlow® PEX fire protection systems in 2010. A good system was certainly a necessity in the custom-built home for the head coach of the Clemson University football team and Viega was on board to help.
The home, that is almost 21,000 square feet, includes features like an indoor basketball court, a pool, an elevator and large garages. While all that might be more than what most people have in their homes, fire sprinkler systems can be a great asset for any residence.
“There are probably close to 200 sprinkler heads in the house,” said Alan Larson, manager of technical services for Reliable Automatic Sprinkler. “Really, in any singlefamily home, fire sprinklers are important from a life safety aspect. It’s life safety for the occupants of the house, but also there are aspects of firefighter safety as well.”
Thanks to the partnership with Reliable, Viega joined the project, working with the contractor, Century, and Elite Plumbing to install thousands of feet of PureFlow PEX throughout the home. The Viega 13D residential fire protection system was installed with Reliable concealed pendents and concealed horizontal sidewall sprinklers. Viega’s design team helped create the plans for the project, which includes the red and blue PEX for plumbing and black for the fire sprinkler.
Viega fire protection and safety
Viega fire sprinkler systems are versatile and easy to install. Installers can mount th sprinklers before running the PEX tubing, which saves time and labor costs compared to CPVC.
Viega also offers an innovative and versatile installation mounting bracket that can be used with all pendent styles and in every sprinkler configuration. The ability to line up the bracket with the bottom of the ceiling joist eliminates the need for detailed measurement and guesswork of proper alignment. This allows users to mount the pendents according to the design layout and then run the tubing. All of these innovative features create a system that saves labor and leads the way for a consistent installation.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take for the fire department to arrive on the scene. Automatic fire sprinkler systems cut the risk of dying in a home fire by nearly 80 percent. And in a home with sprinklers, the average property loss per fire is cut by about 70 percent as compared to residential fires where sprinklers are not present.