If your company depends on computers to sell and ship orders to your customers throughout the year, you need to protect your computer room from water sprinkler damage. The water from a traditional sprinkler system can prevent fire damage to the room, but it can also wreak havoc on the hard drives, files and other integral parts of your computers. There's a better way to put out devastating fires without leaving your computers in ruin. You can install a clean fire protection engineering system in your computer room.
Why Is Your Traditional Sprinkler System Bad for Computer Room?
If your company didn't have expensive computers and electronics to protect, your traditional sprinkler system would work fine. But it's the problems that the system can potentially cause your computers and electronics after it puts out a fire that may affect you the most.
A fire starts when something, such as a bad electrical wire overheats in your computer room's ceiling or walls. The overheating source produces enough heat or energy to react with oxygen. Oxygen contains combustible or ignitable gases that react negatively with heat. However, the temperature of the overheating source must reach 500 degrees Fahrenheit before it ignites into a fire.
Eventually, the oxygen and heat combine to form smoke. Once the smoke reaches your traditional sprinkler system, it releases water, foam or mist into the room to put out the fire. These methods have the potential to damage your electronics and computers permanently because they don't stop the formation of soot, smoke and excessive heat.
Heat can melt the surfaces of your computers and other equipment in the room. Soot can coat the surfaces of your keyboards, monitors and computers until they become dark and unusable. The smoke can cause internal damage to your electronics because it can:
- Travel to the parts inside your computers through their vents, hard drive slots and other openings that protect your hard drive, computer files and firewalls
- Permeate your monitors' screens until they look cloudy
- Enter your fax machines, printers and telephone systems connected to your computers and disrupt communication with your customers and suppliers
All of these things can strike your company's bottom line. But clean fire protection like inert gas can suppress the fire in your computer room by depleting or removing the oxygen that ignites it without the use of damaging water.
What Is Inert Gas?
Inert gas is a clean fire protection system that doesn't use any type of water-based substance to stop fires. Without water, the valuables inside your computer room receive less damage to the parts that make them work.
Inert gas comes in several forms, such as nitrogen or argon. The gas doesn't react to oxygen but instead sucks it up like a vacuum. Inert gas sprinkler systems basically suppress the computer room's fire by starving it of air. This benefits you because the fire doesn't have a chance to produce the residue and chemicals that damage your computers and other electronics.
Can Your Bottom Line Benefit From Inert Gas?
Inert gas may help your company grow and prosper because it prevents expensive and irreplaceable damages to your computers and the files it keeps safe. Damaged computer files can cost you valuable time and money because you:
- Lose the ability to place and fulfill your customers' orders on time
- Lose track of the orders you already placed with your suppliers
- Lose the fastest way to obtain your supplies, goods and products - instead of place your orders through your computer system, you need to use the phone to place them
In addition, you need to replace the computers and equipment you lost from the soot, smoke and heat damage. The expense may strike your bottom line, as well as your ability to retain your customers because you can't meet their needs on time. Inert gas may be a better option or replacement for your fire prevention system.
If you want to make a change in how you protect your computer room from fires, contact your fire protection engineers for more information.