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Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Three Options For Installing A Fire Suppression System Based On Your Property's Current Level Of Construction

If you are considering installing a fire suppression system in your building, you may be wondering how the contractor will install it. It really depends on where you are in the process of building or remodeling your property. There are two options based upon your current level of construction.

Installing Fire Suppression Systems Before the Walls and Plaster Are Constructed

This is the best option all around because the walls that ordinarily hide the plumbing for the fire suppression system are not constructed yet. A plumber installs all of the pipes necessary to channel water to the sprinklers that will shower flames during a fire. Then the professional that installs the suppression system installs the remaining components. Once he or she is finished, then the contractor and his/her crew finish off the walls and the ceilings, concealing the fire suppression system's plumbing and wiring behind the walls and in the ceilings.

Installing the Fire Suppression System After the Building Has Been Completed for Several Years

This installation option is more complicated since the contractor has to open up giant sections of the walls and ceilings. These open areas are where the pipes, controls and wiring for the fire suppression system will go. Sometimes insulation has to be removed from the walls as well, which can be problematic if there are installation delays and the fire suppression system does not get installed before the cold weather hits. After the system has been installed, the suppression system's installer will add more insulation to ensure that the pipes for the system stay warm until the contractor can finish up the walls again.

The contractor and his/her crew will repair and patch the walls up, adding rolled or blown insulation around the suppression system's pipes as they go. Plaster and drywall are added over the top of that, sealing in the suppression system in the walls and ceilings. Finally the walls and ceiling are painted and the system is tested only after everything has properly dried and cured.

Leaving the System Exposed

The third and final option is not very aesthetically pleasing, but it is cost-effective and it will protect your property just as well as a system hidden from view. This option builds the fire suppression system such that some parts and pipes are left completely exposed and outside of the walls. Other parts of the system are run up through the open spaces between the stud boards in the walls. The results are less opportunity for leakage inside the walls and easier access to the system to make repairs whenever a contractor needs to.