MYTH: "Sprinklers are unsightly."
FACT: All residential sprinklers come in colors to match ceiling and wall colors and can be recessed or partially recessed.
MYTH: "The sprinklers may go off accidentally."
FACT: Loss records of Factory Mutual Research show that the probability of a sprinkler discharging accidentally due to a manufacturing defect is only 1 in 16 million sprinklers per year in service.
MYTH: "Sprinklers heads will leak."
FACT: Sprinkler systems are under the same pressure as the plumbing system but are tested at 2-3 times higher pressure during installation.
MYTH: "If one sprinkler head goes off, they all go off. Then, you've really got a mess!"
FACT: Sprinkler heads are designed to react to temperatures in each room individually. Normally, only the sprinkler over the fire will activate. Data show that in residential scenarios, usually one sprinkler will control a developing fire; in commercial buildings, as few as three sprinklers will do the job.
MYTH: "They cause water damage!"
FACT: Test conducted by a Los Angeles Fire Department and the US Fire Administration showed that damage caused by water in a sprinklered fire is substantially less than damage caused by fire department hose streams in an identical unsprinklered fire and far less than damage caused by a fire which escapes early detection and suppression.
MYTH: "Sprinklers are just too expensive to install."
FACT: With the development of quick-response sprinkler systems which can be supplied by a home's domestic water supply, a 2,000 square-foot home under construction can be protected today by a system costing as little as $1,500 to $2,000 and an older home of comparable size can be retrofitted for about 50 percent. The cost is 1-2% of the home cost - about as much as to upgrade the carpeting. more. importantly, there are numerous cost saving benefits of sprinkler systems savings in construction code options and insurance discounts which will offset the cost of installation.