FAQ

Are there any case studies that indicate that rooftop sprinklers are effective?


Here is an excellent case study by the University of Minnesota --- CLICK HERE

Very informative video about the Ontario Canada Fire Department and how they use sprinklers to defend buildings right in the middle of forest fires "The Ham Lake wildfire experience with the sprinkler systems as one component of wildfire preparedness demonstrated that the systems, when properly installed and maintained, can be extremely effective in protecting not only the built structure but also the trees and vegetation within the sprinkler area." --- CLICK HERE

Take a look at page 1.3 in this document. I learned so much about the physics behind what makes rooftop sprinklers effective from this paper by the Unioin of BC Municipaities / University of Victoria Research Co-op "Ontario was the first province to operate sprinklers specifically for structural protection." --- CLICK HERE


What other resources do you suggest?


There are many great articles on the website http://www.readyforwildfire.org


Will rooftop sprinklers reduce my insurance?


They may, you have to ask your insurance provider.


Should I evacuate the building even if I have rooftop sprinklers.


Absolutely evacuate the building in the event of fire.

This sprinkler system will distribute water over your property if: installed correctly, activated in advance, and assuming water is flowing to the sprinklers. Rooftop Sprinklers will continue to operate without supervision. Always immediately evacuate a building in case of fire. Never stay inside of a building in case of fire. Always evacuate based on instructions from government authorities.


Will putting sprinklers on the roof reduce the need for air conditioning?


Running the sprinklers will absolutely reduce the attic temperatures in your home. Water is not free, so it may be more cost effective to run your air conditioning. Homes that do not have air conditioning can run sprinklers as a replacement, and homes that do have air conditioning will want to only run the sprinklers for 5 minutes every 30 minutes to get the maximum cooling effect per dollar spent.


How much can I expect to reduce the temperatures in my attic?


On a hot day the temperatures in your attic can easily reach 140 degrees. Running the sprinklers for twenty minutes can potentially reduce the temperature by as much as 30 degrees. On days with lower humidity, the effect will be more dramatic, on very humid days, running the sprinklers will still reduce temperatures, but it may not be quite as effective.


Will water go in my chimney?


If you aim a sprinkler at your chimney and test it, you will see if any water goes in through the chimney as it will collect in your fireplace. If this happens, you should reposition the sprinkler or adjust the direction that the water is sprayed.


Will rooftop sprinklers stop my home from catching fire?


It depends on many variables, you absolutely can not count on anything including sprinklers to prevent your home from burning down. If there is a fire nearby and your sprinklers are activated hours in advance, the water saturation levels of your home and the surrounding property can make a difference. A hot, dry, wood framed building is more likely to catch fire due to a nearby wildfire than a cool humid wet, wood framed building. Reducing the temperature of your home, increasing the humidity in your home, and wetting the surrounding property may help. If the fire is very big and hot, it will consume your home. In addition to sprinklers, you should also maintain a defensible space around your home.


What kind of hose will connect to the sprinkler?


The hose fitting is a standard 3/4 inch end, know as GHT or Garden Hose Thread. Please note that the hose diameter may vary, however the connector on almost all hoses is 3/4 inch GHT.


What is the minimum operating PSI to run three (3) sprinkler.


Please do not attempt to calculate the minimum PSI, only use test and measure to determine if all the sprinklers are outputting enough water to meet your needs. Keep in mind that the manufacturer has no control of the water pressure or water getting to the sprinklers at your location. We have looked into the calculations needed to determine psi required and just some of the critical factors IN ADDITION TO PSI AT THE SPIGOT are the type of hose or pipe used, the length of hose or pipe used, and the altitude of the sprinklers compared to the spigot or hose bib. These factors will drastically change the PSI needed at the spigot to run three sprinklers. In many cases, a single spigot can run two sprinklers. I suggest that you connect three sprinklers to one spigot and repeatedly test to make sure that the water output for each sprinkler meets your needs at your location in real world testing. Some customer need less GPM as they use this to cool their home and keep their landscape moist. Some customers have very small homes and can connect three sprinklers with just ten foot hose segments in between and have excellent pressure and GPM at all three sprinklers. Other customer have large buildings and only one spigot in which case they can not achieve the GPM that they want due to the length of hose between sprinklers and the height of the roof.


What is the GPM rating of each unit?


The Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler can put out UP TO 7 GPM but may put out just 3 GPM, 5 GPM, or less. Again, the only way to get an actual answer is to test and measure at your location using your spigots, hose, and roof. Keep in mind that hard pipe that is straight will help maintain high pressure better than a flexible hose that expands and contracts. The attached PDF gives you an idea of possible GPM scenarios, but even 3 GPM can not be guaranteed.


How much do the 2017 Iron Owl Sprinklers weigh?


The body of the sprinklers is about 2 pounds and each leg weighs about 2.5 pounds. As such a sprinkler with 4 legs is about 12 pounds. The sprinkler is very dense and has minimal frontal area, so even strong winds will have minimal effect. Conversely, a sprinkler that is hypothetically twice as heavy, but has a frontal area that is three times greater would be more likely to be affected by strong winds. Another way to think of it is that even a small 4 ounce rock is unlikely to be moved by strong winds, but a basketball that is much heavier is more easily moved by the wind because it has a large frontal area. Continuing this analogy, the basket ball is round and rolls easily, where a rock in this example is designed not to roll.


Are the sprinklers painted?


The 2017 Iron Owl Sprinklers feature: a galvanized steel body, brass hose connectors, and PVC legs. They do not need to be painted, however they are painted in order to look nice.


What is a fire sprinkler?


NOTE: Iron Owl Rooftop Sprinklers are not fire sprinklers.

A fire sprinkler or sprinkler head is the component of a fire sprinkler system that discharges water when the effects of a fire have been detected, such as when a predetermined temperature has been exceeded. Fire sprinklers are extensively used worldwide, with over 40 million sprinkler heads fitted each year. In buildings protected by properly designed, and maintained fire sprinklers, over 99% of fires were controlled by fire sprinklers alone.


What is a fire sprinkler system?


NOTE: Iron Owl Rooftop Sprinklers are not fire sprinklers.

A fire sprinkler system is an active fire protection method, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flow rate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected. Although historically only used in factories and large commercial buildings, systems for homes and small buildings are now available at a cost-effective price. Fire sprinkler systems are extensively used worldwide, with over 40 million sprinkler heads fitted each year.


Are Iron Owl Rooftop Sprinklers fire sprinklers?


No, Iron Owl Rooftop Sprinklers are not fire sprinklers.


Who manufactures Iron Owl Rooftop Sprinklers?


Iron Owl Rooftop Sprinklers are a product manufactured by Platinum Digital Media Corp.


What is the return policy?


Items that are returned will all incur a 20% restocking fee. For example, if you order two sprinklers at $110.00 each, the order price is $220.00. If you return the items then you will be charged a restocking fee of $44.00 and you will have to pay for return shipping. Items that are used or damaged will incur a 50% restocking fee and and shipping will not be refunded.


Do you accept applications for dealers?


We do not accept dealers and we have no dealers, we only sell direct. We do provide discounts for bulk purchases and shipping is often less expensive per unit on large orders. Call 760-889-5137 to learnmore.


Do you work with any Town home Communities or Homeowner Associations?


We have not done so. Most of our clients are located in single family homes that are rather isolated and are not part of a Homeowners Association. While many residents of town homes are interested in rooftop sprinklers, we have found that the logistics of actually getting a system approved can be daunting. Although installation of a system is simple, supplying water to all the sprinklers on the building can become a political challenge. One option is to have a plumber run a special pipe from the water main that powers all of the sprinklers for an entire building. or that several residents each connect sprinklers to individual hose bibs or spigots. Conversely, a single family home does not have administrative hurdles to deal with and typically has the latitude to install and activate a system as desired.



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No sprinkler system or like device can protect buildings or the occupants of buildings from wildfire. This sprinkler system will distribute water over your property if: installed correctly, activated in advance, and assuming water is flowing to the sprinklers. Rooftop Sprinklers will continue to operate without supervision. Always immediately evacuate a building in case of fire. Never stay inside of a building in case of fire. Always evacuate based on instructions from government authorities. If properly installed and operated in accordance with the applicable instructions, a sprinkler will reduce the risks posed by ember attack. Sprinklers will not protect buildings or the occupants of buildings from the direct flame or radiant heat of a wildfire. The purchasers will install and operate sprinklers at their own risk and release and indemnify the manufacturers and suppliers of sprinklers and their directors, officers, servants, agents, employees and assigns from and against all actual, direct, indirect or alleged claims, damages, demands, losses, costs, liabilities, suits, actions, expenses or proceedings any whether arising under any statute or at common law, arising out of or in connection with injury to (which shall include illness) or death of any person or damage to or destruction of any real or personal property caused directly or indirectly by or in connection with the manufacture, supply, installation, operation or performance of sprinklers. Manufacturer is not responsible for adequate water flow to sprinkler in any event, such as but not limited to if the water supply is turned off or if there is a lack of water pressure.