Gide to Sprinklers for Houses.
Home owners - Why do it?
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A home sprinkler will protect your family and home from the dangers of fire, 24 hours a day.

Every three hours a home burns in New Zealand. Each year on average 19 people lose their lives in a house fire and over $141 million damage was caused.

But the emotional and financial devastation caused by fire doesnít have to happen. Installing a home sprinkler when youíre at the framing stage of your new home is the most cost effective way of protecting the things you value the most. But, increasingly, installing sprinklers into existing homes (retro-fitting) is becoming a viable alternative. They donít even need to connect to your councilís water supply.

Home sprinklers use ordinary domestic plumbing and can be installed by a qualified plumber in around two days. But here are some other things you might not know about sprinklers:

  • They don’t operate all at once – only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate
  • Sprinklers reduce fire damage – the average house fire causes $42,000 in fire and smoke damage. With sprinklers installed, it’s only around $2,000
  • Sprinklers only cost around 1 or 2% of the build price
  • Sprinklers save water – in most cases a sprinkler head would use about 600 litres of water to put out a fire. A fire crew would take about 12,500 litres
  • Sprinklers save lives – in most cases, a sprinkler will put out a fire without the family even knowing they had one.
  • Sprinklers are inconspicuous – sprinkler heads are more like light fittings than plumbing fixtures and can blend in with custom interiors

If you’re building a new home, or doing some major renovations, consider installing home sprinklers and hard-wired smoke alarms.
These are the only fire detection and suppression methods that will give you and your family round-the-clock peace of mind.


Sprinklers for houses.

Home sprinklers can be connected to either a local authority domestic water connection (street mains) or to a storage tank and pump system.
If you don't have town water supply or you're rebuilding, or doing a major renovation, on an existing property we would recommend the pump and tank system. If you're building in a subdivision, connecting to the water mains may be the way to go. All piping is concealed.

View a cross-section of a house with sprinklers installed here

Check out the home sprinkler demonstration.

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