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Rooftop Sprinkler System
updated: May 21, 2014, 7:46 PM

When I purchased my house, it had sprinklers on the roof tied into the plumbing. Is there anyone locally who can get them working or install updated ones?

 COMMENT 520981 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-22 06:34 AM

Luck you. Try Carroll's down De La Vina I think.

 

 COMMENT 521001 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-22 08:15 AM

If they are PVC any Gardner could do it, if copper any handyman could do it. Remember all of our devastating fires are wind driven, so sprinklers in 30-60 mph wind will be completely ineffective.

 

 COMMENT 521002 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-22 08:25 AM

I was told, after putting sprinklers on the roof, that fires would blow away the sprinkling, and I should install instead shrubbery fan sprays that would keep the roof surface wet and send embers down the gutters. Any comments on the fan spay suggestion?

 

 COMMENT 521006 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-22 09:03 AM

002-Basically any type of sprinkler system is going to be very very ineffective the most effective thing you could purchase would be a product called fire gel it mixes with your garden hose water and produces a hair gel like textured product that sticks to your home for longer periods of time

 

 COMMENT 521023 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-22 10:00 AM

Best strategy of all is to upgrade to a high quality fire resistant roof. Most composite shingles and mineral roll are quite fire resistant these days, as is good polymer membrane, especially when over coated with tar and gravel. steel, concrete, ceramic, copper, clay etc are all fire resistant too. Properly rated plastic tiles are fire resistant. Shake . . . better have good sprinklers and good fire insurance if you can qualify in a fire zone with a shake roof.

But if you still have a shake roof, it was either illegally installed which should have showed up in the inspection report when you bought the house and then the seller would have had to correct it, or it is so old that it probably will leak noticeably if it ever rains properly again.

 

 COMMENT 521025 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-22 10:04 AM

Fireproof roofing is most important. Sprinklers, birds or spray on roof can be used to wet surrounding area. Defensible space around house is of primary importance too. When Painted Cave came through, the wind blew the fire straight through Sherwood Drive in a path about two houses wide, and across the freeway. All the other houses on Sherwood were lost as the embers went sideways from house to house. Everyone had been evacuated hours before because of toxic tire fire at the transfer station. It was stopped going sideways by two neighbor boys who had hiked back in - with a garden hose!

 

 

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