The Shutgun Complete Set (7pc) SALE!

Make sure that you are prepared for emergencies and potentially save thousands of dollars in water damage with the Shutgun. This tool is a staple for building managers, hotel maintenance workers, emergency service workers, moving and storage company employees and construction workers all around the United States and beyond. Best of all, you can get our complete, seven-piece Shutgun set for just $399 from now until April 30th (a $450 value).

About the Shutgun

To date, we’ve sold more than 50,000 Shutguns worldwide. It’s easy to see why this tool is fast becoming an invaluable piece of equipment for anyone charged with protecting and maintaining a building. The Shutgun quickly turns off the sprinkler before it can become a costly mess. Did you know that most sprinklers are activated by something other than a fire? Even bumping against a sprinkler or knocking it with a piece of wood during a renovation can set it off. In such cases, there’s no reason for all that water to be gushing from the ceiling. The quicker you can shut it off, the less damage you’ll incur. In the event of a sprinkler malfunction, even a few minutes delay can cause costly water damage. We recommend having one on every floor, right next to your fire extinguisher.

The Shutgun family of devices is designed to work with international as well as domestic sprinkler systems, and will shut off just about any fire sprinkler, including standard, sheared, broken, concealed, institutional, and semi-recessed style sprinkler heads, in a matter of seconds. The Shutgun is easy and safe to use and can be operated with just one hand. We’re proud that our device is the #1 selling sprinkler shut off tool in the world.

Act by April 30th and Save

We want to make it easy for you to have the Shutgun in your arsenal of tools. That’s why we’re discounted our Complete Shutgun Case (seven pieces) from now until April 30th. This set includes the original Shutgun, a sheared head Shutgun, a concealed head Shutgun, an institutional Shutgun, a sheared head attachment for 1/2″ sprinkler head, a sheared head attachment for 3/4″ sprinkler head, a 3/4″ attachment to cover larger orifices on many 3/4″ sprinkler heads and a handy, plastic carrying case. Regularly priced at $450, this seven-piece set is just $399.00 until April 30th.

Average Cost of Repairs After Water Damage

When it comes to your business, water damage is the last thing you want to worry about. But when leaks or flooding does occur, it is best to be prepared with a quick plan for action and a tool like an overhead sprinkler stopper. The cost of water damage will differ greatly on how well prepared you are to face potential threats.

Common Forms of Office Water Damage

Potential water threats are everywhere in the office. In order to be prepared for different types of water damage, you should be aware of the common threats your business space may face. Preparing for disaster will help mitigate the damage done if one does occur. Some of the most common water issues come from:

  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Pipes
  • Overhead sprinklers
  • Cracked foundations
  • Roofing issues
  • Sewage issues
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Water coolers
  • Some forms of equipment

Instances of leaking may not be possible to prevent completely since you often have no warning for failure. Instead, knowing how to best handle each potential water problem will help reduce the damage they are able to inflict. An overhead sprinkler stopper, for example, is the kind of tool that can prevent 60 gallons of water being dumped into your office for every minute you would have to wait on the fire department if the alarm goes off without a true fire to extinguish. Knowing where the shut-off valves for the water lines are in case of a broken pipe can help stop any leaks as soon as possible. Don’t wait for an emergency to occur before you plan for the worst-case scenarios in your office space.

Water Damage Restoration Costs

The average costs of water repair is going to vary based on:

  • Where you live
  • The amount of water damage
  • What type of water is affecting the area (clean water, grey water or black water)
  • The materials affected

Speed of action

If you work in a historical office building, for example, the costs of restoration will likely be higher as your handyman searches for matching materials. If you were able to use the sprinkler stopper tool to turn off a bad sprinkler head almost as soon as it started, you might have to only replace certain electronics and documents—not all the furniture and carpets. A sewage backup is going to be much more expensive to clean up in most cases than an overflowing sink since the sewage water (black water) is much more difficult to clean up than a clean waterflood.

Getting the cleanup process underway quickly will go a long way towards getting the space fixed and keeping the costs down. The longer you let the water sit, the more damage will be done. Water can turn into mold if it is left to sit in materials. Some materials can wick moisture, causing increased damage as the water spreads.

What Accidentally Triggers a Fire Sprinkler System?

For many years, fire sprinkler systems have been one of the most trusted fire-suppression solutions in commercial businesses, industrial settings, and residential apartment settings. While these systems have their obvious advantages, they do have one problem: accidental activation.

Fire sprinkler systems are designed to automatically dispense water when the air temperature surrounding the sprinkler head reaches 155 to 165 degrees. While modern sprinkler heads are less likely to get triggered without just cause, it can happen. Unfortunately, when a sprinkler gets set off, it can take a while to get it to shut off if you do not have the proper tools on hand. Here is a look at some of the common reasons fire sprinklers get triggered accidentally.

Freezing in the Water Lines of the System

If the sprinkler system is connected to water lines, as many traditional systems are, these pipes can freeze if they are exposed to freezing temperatures. When the water inside of water delivery lines freeze, it can put a lot of undue stress on the fittings and valves that cause the sprinklers to open and distribute water. Once the lines thaw, it can force water through the sprinkler head. To prevent this type of issue, it is best if you make sure the lines feeding the sprinkler heads are well-insulated.

Corrosion of Release Valves Due to Age

When a sprinkler system gets really old, some parts can start to break down due to corrosion. For example, the pressure release valves that control when water is released can get weak, which can mean they trigger and release water easier than what they should. Through regular inspection and periodic maintenance, you can avoid this kind of issue with a fire sprinkler system. However, having a sprinkler shut off tool on hand is also a good idea if you have an older system that is prone to accidental activation.

Overheating Around the Fire Sprinkler Heads

Sprinkler heads will automatically activate and disperse water when they sense a high air temperature. It is not uncommon for the sprinkler heads to automatically activate because they are close to a heat source. For instance, if the head is situated near a skylight where bright sunlight is shining through, it can elevate the temperature enough to cause a reaction. You can invest in high-temperature sprinkler heads that activate at higher temperatures, but having a sprinkler shut off tool around is always best if you’ve experienced this issue.

Invest in a Sprinkler Shut Off Tool to Prevent Damage

In the event of a fire, a sprinkler system is an amazing thing and can really save your structure from total demise. However, when a fire sprinkler gets triggered for no reason, you can be left with loads of water damage that can cost a lot of money to fix. Having a sprinkler shut off tool on hand to quickly shut off the sprinkler that is activated can be incredibly advantageous. It’s even a good idea to have one of these tools on every floor just in case.

Fire Sprinkler Accident Videos: The Hall of Shame

Fire Sprinkler Accident Videos: The Hall of Shame  

When fire sprinklers go wrong, they can create enough chaos that people feel called to capture the whole mess on film. People may dash from the spray, building owners may come out of nowhere to stop the problem before too much damage occurs. Sprinkler fails are a lot more common than you think, whether they’re caught on camera or not. From malfunctioning pipes to too much force, it’s all too easy for sprinklers to activate at the worst possible times. We’ll look at the hall of shame videos that show just how rough it can get. 

Chemistry Mishaps 

It’s probably not too surprising to hear that fire sprinkler failures often stem from experiments gone wrong. This one just happened to be an intentional demonstration that was meant to engage the students, but only ended up causing a major disturbance to the school day. At least the students were awake after the demo though!

Down Low, You’re Too Slow 

Parking garages were never meant to accommodate big trucks. Their ceilings are just too low to have anything that tall make their way through. But sometimes U-Haul drivers ignore those clearance levels in hopes of making it into a convenient space. Instead of just damaging the ceiling of the garage though, this truck managed to break open the fire sprinklers for a serious shower. 

A Shoddy Installation 

When installers skip steps and cut corners, it can end in tears. This video shows just how devastating it can be to have to deal with the aftermath of poor installation. From the property owner to the fire marshal, the whole affair proved that regulatory laws and business codes can’t always save you from an accident. The right sprinkler shut off tool could have saved everyone a lot of hassle. 

Pack ‘Em In 

Trade shows can difficult to pull off even under the best of circumstances. The sheer number of people all trying to make an impression can lead to utter confusion and exhaustion. But imagine how much more flustered the people at an Orlando show felt after the sprinklers accidentally went off. 

Foam It Up 

Water is one thing, but foam is another. Foam systems use chemicals to quickly put fires out, which can make them more effective than a traditional water system. But if the foam fails on account of malfunction, you just end up with rooms that look like a bubble bath went very wrong. 

When fire sprinklers fail from afar, there’s no denying that it’s interesting (even funny) to watch. When it happens to you though, you’re at the mercy of forces that can cost you up to $1,000 a minute. From just $60, you can get a Shutgun sprinkler shut off tool that only takes one hand to operate. It’s the best (and easiest) way to step in when things go wrong.

About The Author: Jason Hugo is the owner of Quick Response Fire Supply. You can read more of his fire and safety & related blogs here

Fire Sprinkler Accidents: 5 Causes and How to Fix Them

Upright Fire Sprinkler Head

Did you know an activated fire sprinkler can cause $2,000 in damage in a single minute if there’s no sprinkler tool to shut it off? Of course, if your building is on fire, that’s a risk well worth taking. But when your sprinkler system activates by accident — not so much. According to the National Fire Safety Protection Organization, firefighters responded more than 33,000 times for faulty sprinkler deactivation in 2014. Here are the top five reasons why:

1. The Sprinkler Head Overheated

If your fire sprinkler is installed in the wrong place, such as too near a skylight or too close to a stove. This can spell disaster when rising heat triggers activation for no good reason. If you must install fire sprinklers in questionable areas such as these, have them calibrated so higher thermal temperatures must be reached to cause activation.

2. The Water Pipes Froze

Of course you’re not going to let the heat lapse in your tenant-occupied building, but what happens during an extended power outage? And what about sprinkler pipes that run through basements or garages? If even a portion of your sprinkler system becomes exposed to freezing temperatures, accidental deactivation or damaging leaks may occur. 

3. The Components Became Damaged

It’s rare that fire sprinklers suffer defects in manufacturing, but shipping is a different story. Fragile parts get jostled or dropped, and there’s no way to tell until after they’ve been installed and begin to malfunction. 

Often, damage to sprinkler heads occur after installation, as well. When a technician tightens a sprinkler head too much, a ladder used in renovation clips a fire sprinkler, or a tenant accidently hits the fire sprinkler with a tennis racket — activation may occur. You can help prevent accidental damage by placing guards that resemble metal cages over your sprinkler heads. 

4. The Pipes Corroded

Corrosion on pipes may not cause your sprinkler to activate, but it will destroy your water pipes over time, causing costly leaks. The same solutions that’s so effective at dousing many fires is also highly corrosive to water pipes. Regular inspection and maintenance of your system and pipes may help prevent this scenario. 

5. The System Was Vandalized

Vandalism is a huge problem in some areas, and hardly noticeable in others. But, if you own a building in a high-crime area, expect vandalism. Be proactive by installing institutional sprinkler heads that are difficult for vandals to access.

A final solution involves keeping a sprinkler tool, such as a Shutgun, on-hand at all times. Shutguns should be stored with your fire extinguishers and easily accessible in the event of an accidental deactivation. This tool is simple to use and instantly shuts off the flow of water at each fire sprinkler head without damaging it further. 

Fires are destructive, but so are accidental fire sprinkler activations. A simple sprinkler tool such as a Shutgun can help protect you from one without interfering with the other. Consider buying a sprinkler tool today.  

About The Author

Jason Hugo is the owner of Quick Response Fire Supply. You can read more of his fire and safety & related blogs here.

Shutgun vs Quickstop Fire Sprinkler Tools: Which Shuts Off Heads Better?

When it comes to protecting your property from water damage due to a fire sprinkler system, you want to have the best sprinkler shut off tool for your situation and goals. Although it is (infrequent) for a sprinkler system to activate without a fire, it does happen.  Having the right shut off tool reduces the impact of accidental activation. Shutgun and Quickstop are the two most popular options, but you want to compare them to determine the right option for your needs.

Quickstop

Quickstop became a widely known product due to its debut on the popular television show “Shark Tank”. It was originally developed by a firefighter who noted that he saw water damage due to accidental activation of a sprinkler system that created concerns for property owners.

The primary advantages of Quickstop include:

  • Light weight design
  • Simple instructions for using the tool
  • A full warranty

The potential downside of the Quickstop tool is the limitations on the sprinkler heads that it may fit. Since it is an “all-in-one” tool only for exposed fire sprinkler heads of a certain type, it does not always suit every building or sprinkler system. It is best suited for firefighters that want a tool that will do more than just shut off a fire sprinkler head; however, it is not ideal for many residential or commercial properties in locations that may use a narrower or different type of sprinkler head.

Shutgun

Shutgun is growing in popularity due to its unique design and usability. It offers a wider range of potential usage as a sprinkler shut off tool because it provides a range of different sizes and styles to fit different sprinkler systems.

The primary advantages of Shutgun include:

  • The standard Shutgun fits all ½” upright, pendant, wall mount and semi-recessed sprinkler heads.  That is 90% of the sprinkler heads that you see in use.
  • It has interchangeable parts and models for various types of sprinkler heads, including concealed and recessed heads, sheared heads, and institutional heads
  • The cost is reasonable

The primary downside associated with Shutgun is that it will require a little time to review the instructions and select the right model for the building. It is ideal for property owners who may have unique sprinkler head systems due to sizing or style or for contractors that do not know what kind of sprinkler system they may encounter.

Which is the Better Sprinkler Shut Off Tool?

Although Quickstop offers a simple all-in-one tool, it is not ideal for most situations and buildings. It has limitations on the systems that work well with the tool, so it may not work for institutional or commercial buildings that have systems with unique designs. The Shutgun is a better tool for most buildings due to the flexibility of multiple parts and accessories. It also has a lower price-point, which makes it ideal for building owners to keep in case of unexpected sprinkler activation.

Comparing the Quickstop and the Shutgun tools starts with clarifying your needs. When you are unsure about the best option, the Shutgun offers more flexibility and a lower price that may help reduce your concerns while giving you the right tool to minimize and prevent water damage.

Common Mistakes that Cause Fire Sprinkler Failure

Fire sprinklers can be triggered by all kinds of things, especially if they’re exposed to the elements. In movies, they’re usually the funny crescendo that happens to our hapless hero. In real life though, it’s a much more drama than comedy. See why fire sprinkler failure is more common than you might think, and how a sprinkler stopper can help you avoid the same fate.

A Lesson in Force

If you know anything about physics, you know that one action leads to a reaction. When fire sprinklers are broken, regardless of how, they can end up shooting water everywhere. Whether it’s a forklift or a football, sprinklers both above and below fail when they’re subjected to too much trauma.

Unsurprisingly, this happens in areas designed for activities. The University of Iowa had to clean up 600 gallons of water from the gym floor after someone kicked a soccer ball just a little too hard at the sprinkler head. Their campus was no stranger to this kind of accident either. Years earlier, administrators had to deal with a failure when a student grabbed a little too hard at something she’d hung up on a sprinkler in her dorm room.

Construction workers and forklift operators are also notorious for damaging sprinklers while they’re at work. Crew members are certainly trained to avoid sprinklers, but the machines are large and difficult to handle.

A Little Vandalism

Sprinkler heads are sometimes damaged by those who are either bored, vengeful, or just want to cause a little chaos. It’s more likely to happen at a prison, where presumably people are trying to cause a distraction, but it’s been known to happen at schools and workplaces too.

Maybe employees want to dance in the ‘rain’, maybe children are just curious, or maybe basketball players are angry at the establishment for some reason. One kid dares another kid, and the next thing you know, the fire sprinklers have caused thousands of dollars in property damage.

The Real Costs

Fire sprinklers are obviously meant to save the building, and that’s exactly what they do when there’s a fire. But if they go off when there’s no fire, it only takes a few seconds to cause unnecessary havoc. Water seeps into carpets, hardwood floors, and even the walls, and none of it is cheap to fix. It can destroy expensive stock, supplies, and equipment. The National Fire Protection Agency reported 33,600 unintentional activations in 2014, a number that doesn’t really scratch the surface of the costs of all that water damage.

The Solution

For just $60, a Shutgun minimizes the financial impact of an unintentional activation. Store them with the fire extinguisher, tell staff members about it, and make sure to use it when the time is right. It can be immediately used by practically anyone. It only takes one hand to do it!

How Much Could Fire Sprinkler Water Damage Cost You?

While just about all U.S. hotels and other commercial buildings are required to have functional fire sprinklers, the vast majority of sprinkler activations don’t have anything to do with fire. Modern sprinklers have a glass vial that acts as a plug to block the flow of water, and this vial can be bumped (and broken) during repairs, renovations, or even rough horseplay.

Learn about some of the financial consequences of an activated fire sprinkler head and how having a fire sprinkler shut off tool handy on each floor can save you time, money, and headaches.

What Happens When Fire Sprinklers Are Activated

The glass plug in most fire sprinklers is filled with glycerine mixture. When this water is exposed to a heat source like fire, smoke, or steam, it expands, eventually shattering the glass. But this glass can also be shattered if someone tries to use the sprinkler head as a clothes hanger or bumps against the sprinkler while attempting to paint or perform repairs around it.

Without this plug, water will flow through a gravity-fed sprinkler until it is shut off. These quick-response sprinklers can release between 60 gallons of water per minute, quickly flooding even large rooms. And if the sprinkler is activated while no one is around (or if those responsible for activating it don’t immediately call for help), this can mean an outflow of thousands of gallons of water.

Unless you contact a water and mold remediation company immediately for cleanup, you could be facing tens of thousands of dollars in damage to carpets, flooring panels, drywall, and joists that must be replaced. The restoration process can mean more lost revenue as parts of your building are out of commission.

And the cost of these restoration services isn’t cheap either. Hidden water damage can lead to mold growth, posing health and safety issues for your customers and employees; so even if the water damage initially appears to be limited, without extensive restoration services, it may be all but impossible to determine the extent of the damage.

Stem Water Damage With a Fire Sprinkler Shut Off Tool

Although most companies with fire sprinklers have a fire sprinkler shut off tool on site, if this tool isn’t centrally located (or isn’t where it should be), costly water damage may be unavoidable. For every additional five minutes, it takes someone to find and use a sprinkler shut off tool, this can mean an extra 40 to 125 gallons of water per minute flowing through the room.

Instead, keep a fire sprinkler shut off tool with every fire extinguisher in your building, where it’s easily accessible in an emergency. Shutgun’s fire sprinkler tools quickly shut off just about every type of fire sprinkler head, can be operated with a single hand, and are highly affordable. Visit our website to browse our fire sprinkler products and learn how they can save your company money.

Why Do We Continue to Put Our Vulnerable Populations at Risk?

Recently, the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland was mandated to install fire sprinklers into their new facility.

Originally, the design of the building excluded this necessary safety feature as the building was 10 cm below the required height for this life saving feature.

The fact that the hospital, despite it’s slightly smaller size, was required to install the sprinklers is a good thing. This facility is designed to protect the most vulnerable population, sick children, and so, fire sprinklers should be mandated.

However; the mere fact that it was even considered not to include these features baffles me. How can a development team create an infrastructure without including fire sprinklers as a mandatory element?

We need to change the way that we think about fire sprinklers. These systems should not be looked at as a nice to have piece of equipment. They are not a luxury item.

But instead, they should become a mandated item, particularly when building infrastructures to house vulnerable populations.

The fact that this was even a discussion point clearly demonstrates that there is still a massive lack of education about the tools/techniques needed to protect clients from fire.

Fire alarms do not protect. They warn people to get out of buildings.

In a building, where employees (in this case doctors and nurses) will have to manually relocate the individuals (like hospitals or retirement homes), you are putting several lives at stake.

In North America, we seem to be slightly more aware. Sprinklers are mandated in the majority of facilities that house children, including schools, community centres and hospitals.

However, we are still putting a price on lives.  The most recent example is the mandate to retrofit fire sprinklers in retirement homes in Ontario.

As of October 2014, due to a coroner inquest on a 2009 devastating blaze in a retirement home in Orillia, Ontario, sprinklers were mandated to be retrofitted in all retirement homes by 2019.

Currently 20% of retirement homes in Ontario do not have fire sprinkler systems in place.

It took five years to make this decision! And they have given another five years to put these life saving devices into place.

How many lives could potentially be lost in those 10 years?

Most recently, the liberal government pledged $20 million dollars to help these smaller homes, with under 49 beds, overhaul their sprinkler system prior to the January 2019 deadline.  But why did it take so long for the government to make this investment?

We need to stop nickelling and diming the safety of our vulnerable populations. There is no question that retrofitting fire sprinklers is expensive. But we need to start prioritizing our investments. Safety should not be something that is delayed.

Fire safety legislation is designed to protect the most vulnerable.  The question is, are we doing enough to protect the lives that are most of risk?

What Condominium Owners Should Know about Automatic Fire Sprinklers

With two high rise fires in London and Hawaii, there has been a lot of conversation about the importance of sprinkler systems in high rise buildings. 80 percent of the 2500 people killed in house fires annually in the United States would have survived had a sprinkler system been activated. These systems save lives, which is why it’s essential that the fire sprinkler systems are not only in place, but operating well.

As condominium owners, you are deeply invested in ensuring that your building is both safe and well maintained. This is your home.

When purchasing a new condo, most owners take the time to inspect the common areas such as the pool, party room and gym. However; have you asked for the maintenance records of their sprinkler systems?

Too many condo owners go into their buildings with little to no knowledge about their buildings and the systems that have been put into place to protect them. Sprinkler systems are probably the best example of this type of system. The majority of condo owners do not understand how the sprinkler system works nor how it is maintained.

Similar to an HVAC system, the sprinkler systems in your building need to be properly maintained to ensure that they are in good working order.  Water quality, environmental conditions, water bacteria, physical damage, extreme changes in temperature and piping system debris all have an impact on whether a system is working effectively. Regular inspection and maintenance of these systems is necessary to ensure that it is fully operational.

However, condo owners also play a major role in ensuring that their sprinkler system is working well. One of the biggest mistakes that owners make is painting their sprinkler heads. As a new owner, you may be tempted to give your condominium a coat of paint, including the sprinkler heads as well, so that they blend in with your ceiling. As tempting as this is, this is an extremely dangerous practice which will immediately compromise how your sprinkler system functions.

Why You Should Not Paint your Sprinkler System

When a fire occurs, the heat from the fire will activate the sprinkler head(s) in the area by the fire. One of the most critical pieces to the sprinkler is the glass bulb in the sprinkler head. When the temperature rises, the bulb breaks, which in turn, allows the plug to fall away and release water through the head. However, if the head is painted, the paint will act as a protective layer on the bulb preventing it from breaking at the right temperature and delaying the water being released. In fact, the paint could prevent the plug from dropping all together.

But what if you have a cover plate on your head? Could you paint this feature? Absolutely not, in fact the cover plates react very similarly to the glass bulb, reacting to a specific temperature to activate the sprinkler head. Painting this cover plate, once again changes the temperature that will be needed to have the system work properly.

If you have painted over your sprinkler head in error, do not try to remove the paint yourself. The system will need to be shut down, drained, and then new sprinkler heads installed. However; if you have made this error, do not ignore it, as preventing the sprinkler head replacement will put you and your loved ones, or your tenants, and property at risk.

As a condominium resident, before moving into your home, take the time to inspect each sprinkler head for rust or paint damage, and if there is any damage, ensure that the head is replaced.

Remember, that automatic fire sprinkler systems are in place to protect both the residents of condominiums and their property. Unlike the movies, neither smoke nor a fire alarm, will set the system off, these systems are designed to activate when the temperature rises to 155 to 165 degrees.

However, moving heavy furniture or hanging items on the sprinkler head can cause damage, potentially resulting in accidental discharge. To prevent this damage, become familiar with the location of the sprinkler heads and avoid any contact.

Although rare, accidents do happen, and when accidental discharge occurs the damage can be devastating. When a sprinkler head is accidentally activated, water is released at pressures as high as 170 psi and up to 75 gallons per minute. Fast shut off is critical to prevent extensive damage to your home.  Having the right tools in place, like the Shutgun Tool shut off system, will ensure that both condominium owners and property managers are equipped to quickly shut off the system in the case of accidental discharge.