Frequently Asked Questions
Most contractors have Web pages describing their capabilities. You can also look in your local Yellow Pages under “Sprinklers, Fire”
Ask your local or state fire marshal if contractors in your state are required to be licensed. If they are, contact the state licensing board for a current list of licensed contractors.
Contact fire sprinkler contractor associations for names of residential sprinkler contractors in your area.
Any professional fire sprinkler contractor can install sprinklers, but for best results look for a contractor that specializes in residential fire sprinklers or one that has a residential sprinkler installation unit within the company.
And, if your builder or architect tries to discourage you from finding out more about your possibilities, you can obtain information by contacting any of these resources.
U.S. Fire Administration
Certain portions of the installation (i.e. water piping) are more easily and cost-effectively installed in the earliest stages of construction, while the actual finish (i.e. installing the fire sprinkler devices, testing, etc.) will take place after the house is framed. Fire sprinklers are often completed prior to the other systems in your home, but other mechanical trades may work alongside the sprinkler contractor if necessary.
Some basic precautions to safeguard your fire sprinklers are:
- Avoid painting or otherwise covering the fire sprinkler devices, as that will affect their sensitivity to heat.
- Do not hang decorations, plants or other objects from the sprinkler or piping.
More information is available in our Living with Sprinklers™ section of this website.