We specialise in fire sprinkler system installations for residential buildings.
We specialise in Fire Sprinkler System Installation for residential buildings.
Our experienced Fire Sprinkler System Installers deliver a fast, thorough and fuss-free service to get your residential premises ready for occupancy, with a minimum of cost and delay.
We design, supply, install and maintain residential sprinkler systems, with all of our installations meeting BS9251 standards.
We not only install the hardware for your new fire suppression system, but also fully commission and pressure test the pipe network and sprinkler heads, to ensure that they will perform as expected if they are ever required.
For a professional Fire Sprinkler Installation Service from one of the UK's leading fire sprinkler companies, contact Base Fire today.
I would like to compliment the engineers that we have met on site who have completed the servicing and repair works on the systems....I cannot find one area where I would be unhappy with the service we have received.
Jack Newell, Weaver Vale Housing Trust
Why install fire sprinklers?
Sprinklers are an important part of an automated fire suppression system. In larger residential properties such as apartment blocks, student halls of residence and care homes, a comprehensive sprinkler system ensures the safety of tenants.
The statistics about sprinkler systems make compelling reading.
There has never been a recorded fatality in a residential fire incident where there was a fire sprinkler system installed. Furthermore, fire sprinkler systems were able to control 99% of fires in commercial properties on their own. Sprinkler systems are a simple, cost-effective and highly reliable fire suppression solution for both residential and commercial properties. They have been shown to reduce injuries by 80%, and reduce property damage by 90%.
Base Fire Sprinklers are accredited expert residential Fire Sprinkler System Installers, for individual homes and new-build housing estates, as well as the larger multiple-occupant premises mentioned above.
We can also ensure that new-builds, renovations and extensions in Wales meet the legal requirement to have sprinklers installed, in addition to current and future fire safety legislation in force throughout the UK.
Important considerations for Sprinkler System Installations.
Before installing a residential fire sprinkler system, several important considerations should be taken into account to ensure its effectiveness and compliance with relevant regulations.
Here are some key considerations:
An adequate and reliable water flow rate and water pressure are needed for the system to function correctly. Consideration may need to be given to water storage tanks, booster pumps, or water treatment systems.
Storage tanks serve as a reservoir for storing a sufficient quantity of water specifically for fire sprinkler system use. These tanks can vary in size and capacity based on the requirements of the property and local regulations. The stored water is readily available for immediate use in case of a fire emergency.
Sprinkler Head Placement
We’ll need to determine the appropriate locations for fire sprinkler head installation based on the property's layout, fire hazards, and occupancy. Ceiling height, obstructions, spacing requirements, and coverage area must be considered to ensure proper sprinkler head placement.
It's important to note that the installation and use of storage tanks in residential fire sprinkler systems should comply with local regulations and guidelines. Consulting with a professional fire sprinkler system designer or engineer is recommended to determine the systems for your needs and to ensure the system's effectiveness and compliance with standards.
What equipment is needed?
In order to install an optimised fire sprinkler system, we offer a start-to-finish design process. We will look at the drawings of your property (including new-builds still under construction) and integrate the sprinkler heads and pipework fully into the building fabric.
We can do this in several ways:
Mains supply or water tank ensures adequate pipe pressure
CPVC water pipes are flexible and high-temperature resistant
Hidden sprinkler heads reduce visibility when not in use
It's common practice for sprinkler pipes to approximately follow the layout of ceiling lights especially in communal areas such as corridors, stairwells and hallways; however, we will always produce a fully bespoke design to optimise your installation.
Planning your sprinkler system installation
We use CAD software (including the long-time industry leader AutoCAD) to plan your installation in advance. This allows us to simulate the coverage of your sprinklers, based on detailed and precise fire hydraulic calculations using Canute FHC.
At every step along the design, supply and installation process, we work to optimise your safety, using compliant hardware and techniques to protect your premises while allowing for fast, clean and cost-efficient installation.
If desired, we can also arrange a retained maintenance plan for future servicing of your sprinkler heads, and to periodically test that the system is still in good working order. We can maintain both residential and commercial sprinkler systems on a retained or ad hoc basis.
Putting you in control
Once installed, your fire sprinkler system protects your premises in a number of ways. We can install automatic fire detection technologies to trigger the sprinklers in the presence of smoke, flames or a rapid rise in temperature.
When triggered, fire sprinklers dampen an area, reducing the availability of combustible fuel, preventing the spread of smoke and flames, and increasing the time span for escape from the building before flashpoint occurs or the fire reaches adjacent areas.
Domestic fire sprinkler systems are there to protect what matters. For a free quote for fire sprinkler installation, contact us today.
What are concealed sprinklers?
Concealed sprinkler heads are popular in residential properties as they create very little visual distraction in communal areas and private rooms. There are several types of sprinkler head, which offer different levels of concealment:
The least concealed option, a pendant sprinkler head is clearly visible on the ceiling, where it is ready to project a cone of water if it is needed. Sidewall sprinkler heads are another visible option, this time mounted to a wall or other vertical surface, rather than the ceiling.
A semi-concealed sprinkler head has a circular plate which fits into the ceiling, hiding much of the mechanics of the sprinkler but still allowing water to spray out when required. While less obvious than a pendant sprinkler, this option is still visible at all times.
Our preferred option, especially in contemporary residences where aesthetics is a concern, is to use concealed sprinkler heads. These have a two-stage operation. In the event of a fire, the smooth, circular ceiling plate detaches, allowing the sprinkler head's deflector plate to fall into position so water can be dispensed.
All of the above options have their place - we can work with you throughout the design and installation process, to ensure that you get the appearance and functionality you need from your sprinklers.
Why choose Base for Fire Sprinkler System Installation?
At Base Fire Sprinklers, we are proud to have completed successful sprinkler system installation projects in a variety of towns and cities across the UK, including Stockport, Manchester, Warrington, Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield.
Our commitment to quality and safety has earned us a reputation as a reliable partner for clients in a range of industries, including residential property development, school and colleges, care homes, and facilities management.
Our team of fully qualified sprinkler installation engineers is equipped to design, install, and maintain fire sprinkler systems that meet the BS9251:2021 standards, using only approved materials and equipment.
With our comprehensive maintenance programs and exceptional customer service, you can trust Base Fire Sprinklers to deliver the best solution for your fire protection needs.
Visit our design, installation, servicing and repair pages to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.
How much does a fire sprinkler system installation cost?The cost of installing a fire sprinkler system varies widely depending on factors such as property size, layout, and the type of system chosen. On average, you can expect to invest several thousand pounds for residential installations, while commercial installations can range from tens of thousands to significantly more.
What is the process involved in installing a fire sprinkler system?The installation process involves assessment, design, component selection, installation, testing, and compliance verification. It begins with understanding the property's layout and fire risks, followed by designing a customized system. The chosen components are then installed, tested, and certified to meet safety codes.
Can I retrofit a fire sprinkler system in an existing building?Yes, retrofitting fire sprinkler systems in existing buildings is possible and often recommended to enhance fire safety. While the process can be complex due to the existing infrastructure, it's a worthwhile investment to protect lives and property.
Do I need a professional for fire sprinkler system installation?Yes, hiring a professional for fire sprinkler system installation is crucial. Professionals have the expertise to design, install, and test the system accurately while ensuring compliance with regulations. Attempting a DIY installation can compromise safety and effectiveness.
What are the retrofit sprinkler requirements for existing buildings?The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: This applies to most buildings except individual private homes. It places a duty on the 'responsible person' (usually the building owner or occupier) to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and ensure safe escape. BS 9251:2021: This British Standard provides the latest guidelines for the design, installation, components, water supplies, and backflow protection of fire sprinkler systems in residential buildings. Compliance with BS 9251:2021 is a key factor in retrofitting projects, ensuring that systems meet modern standards for efficiency and safety. Building Regulations Approved Document B (Fire Safety): This document outlines the requirements for fire safety provisions in buildings, including escape routes, fire detection, and suppression systems. It has implications for retrofitting sprinkler systems, especially in multi-occupancy residential buildings and high-rise structures. Local Authority Regulations: Depending on the location, local authorities may have additional requirements or guidelines for retrofitting fire sprinklers in buildings, particularly in areas with higher fire risk or historical buildings.
What legislation changes can we anticipate in fire safety?The landscape of fire safety legislation is continually evolving, with trends indicating a move towards more stringent regulations, especially in the wake of high-profile fire incidents. Here are some anticipated changes that could affect retrofitting fire sprinkler systems: Expansion of Mandatory Sprinkler Systems: There is a growing movement towards making sprinkler systems mandatory in a broader range of buildings, especially residential properties. This could include lower-height buildings, older structures, and specific types of occupancy such as care homes and student accommodation. Stricter Regulations for High-Rise Buildings: Following incidents like the Grenfell Tower fire, there is an increased focus on fire safety in high-rise blocks of flats. Future legislation might include mandatory retrofitting of sprinklers in all high-rise residential buildings, regardless of their construction date. Integration with Smart Building Technology: As smart technology becomes more prevalent in building design, future legislation might require fire safety systems, including sprinklers, to be integrated into smart building management systems for better monitoring and response. Enhanced Standards for Materials and Installation: Upcoming regulations may set higher standards for the materials used in sprinkler systems and the methods of their installation, emphasising durability, efficiency, and minimal environmental impact. Increased Focus on Environmental Sustainability: Future legislation might also consider the environmental impact of fire safety systems, encouraging the use of eco-friendly materials and water-saving technologies in sprinkler systems. Staying ahead of these potential legislative changes is essential for property owners and developers. We are committed to keeping abreast of these developments, ensuring that retrofitting projects not only comply with current standards but are also future-proofed against upcoming regulations.
How long does it take to Retrofit Fire Suppression Systems?The duration of a retrofit project varies depending on the size and complexity of the building, as well as the type of sprinkler system being installed. Generally, Base Fire Sprinklers aims to complete retrofitting projects as efficiently as possible, often within a few weeks, to minimise disruption. The process is planned meticulously to ensure that work is done swiftly and efficiently, often allowing occupants to continue their daily routines with little to no interruption.
How much does it cost to Retrofit a Fire Sprinkler System?The cost of retrofitting a fire sprinkler system can vary based on the building's size, the complexity of the installation, and the type of sprinkler system used. Base Fire Sprinklers provides detailed quotes after assessing the specific needs of your property, ensuring transparency and cost-effectiveness. Retrofitting a fire sprinkler system can enhance your property’s safety, which is a desirable feature for potential buyers or tenants. It can also contribute to lower insurance premiums, representing a long-term investment in your property’s value and safety.
We are proud of our qualifications and of our commitment to fully optimised sprinkler installations. In a fire, every second counts. Our designs and installations suppress flames with a fast, automatic response, to extinguish fires or give residents time to escape.
All members of our installation teams have relevant qualifications in fitting fire sprinklers, along with industry experience so that every item of hardware is installed to the highest standard.
Our regulatory accreditations mean you can be confident of a compliant installation, with local knowledge where legislation differs in different parts of the UK. We aim to deliver not only an optimised fire suppression system, but also the peace of mind that should accompany it.