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Uponor Residential Fire Sprinklers

rockies63 | Posted in General Questions on

Has anyone installed a residential fire sprinkler system? If so, how was the process?

I found this video on the Uponor brand, but are there other/better options and if so, why are they better?

What Builders Need to Know About Residential Sprinkler Design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyFN3tmFcrc

How Builders Should Plan for Fire Sprinklers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDG7qAgKA9Y

https://www.uponor.com/en-us/residential-solutions#fire-safety

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  1. Patrick_OSullivan | | #1

    I investigated the system a bit. During renovation I had access to every ceiling cavity, so it was a "now or never" sort of thing, but ultimately I couldn't justify the budget or 'book of work' increases in a house with below average risk of fire spread (non-smokers, all electrical wiring and fixtures <= 12 years old, all finishes lath and plaster or 5/8" Type X drywall, fire blocking up to code, etc.).

    The biggest selling point to me is that Uponor will do the design. They require some pressure and flow tests of your domestic water supply and based on that and a set of plans, can design the piping layout and head locations.

    I do wish I could have fit it in. A little bit of extra peace of mind is a nice thing to have.

  2. jberks | | #2

    I mainly plumb with uponor, and I'm a fire protection nerd, so this is a no brainer for me in a new build.

    Before this system, a residential sprinkler system involved a seperate trades and engineers. A mechanical engineer to design the sprinkler system and a sprinkler fitter to come pipe it out with cpvc (blazemaster) pipe.

    Uponors combined domestic/ fire system looks pretty damn cheap and easy comparatively.

    I've yet to do one though. I think it'll be that much more important in the future, especially garages, as we involve more ev's and battery storage.

    Sprinklers save lives.

  3. rockies63 | | #3

    I also found this exterior wildfire sprinkler system that can be activated from your phone.

    https://www.frontlinewildfire.com/protect-home-with-roof-wildfire-sprinkler-system/

    https://www.youtube.com/@frontlinewildfiredefensesy3621

  4. Expert Member
    DCcontrarian | | #4

    DC now requires sprinklers in most residential construction. It's probably the most highly regulated part of construction, I wouldn't dream of having it designed by anyone who doesn't have a bunch of letters after their name nor installed by anyone who isn't licensed to do so.

  5. rockies63 | | #5

    Here's a great Youtube channel on Wildfire from the California Fire Science Consortium.

    https://www.youtube.com/@californiafirescienceconso8360/videos

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