Residential Fire Safety
- As a provider of PEX multipurpose residential fire sprinkler systems since 2000 — longer than any other PEX manufacturer — Uponor has worked extensively with AHJs across the country to ensure that approved sprinkler systems are being installed properly by trained contractors.
- One of our primary concerns is making sure residential fire sprinkler systems are installed according to NFPA 13D, the National Fire Protection Association’s standard for the installation of sprinklers in one- and two-family homes. Following this standard ensures all sprinkler systems are installed correctly and consistently across the country.
- Uponor manufactures a multipurpose system called AquaSAFE that uses flexible crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing. An Uponor AquaSAFE multipurpose system efficiently combines the fire sprinklers with the home’s plumbing system, which provides many performance advantages and cost-saving benefits to the contractor, the builder, the homeowner and the AHJ. From the AHJ’s perspective, one benefit of a multipurpose system is that it doesn’t require a backflow preventer or antifreeze, and therefore doesn’t require the annual inspections or maintenance of those components.
- Although multipurpose systems were designed specifically for residential use and have been listed in NFPA 13D for many years, some AHJs are unfamiliar with these combination systems and the fact that they’re fully approved.
- To help demonstrate to an AHJ and everyone involved that a multipurpose system operates as designed, Uponor requires every install concludes with a flow test, where water is actually flowed through open sprinklers. This provides tremendous peace of mind to everyone involved by proving the system is installed properly and operating correctly.
Watch an Uponor AquaSAFE Flow Test
Watch as Uponor's Fire Safety Design Supervisor, Dan Hubbard, takes you through the steps of performing a fire sprinkler flow test after the installation of an Uponor AquaSAFE™ multipurpose fire sprinkler system.