Auxiliary drains, also called low-point drains or drum drips, are required by NFPA for Dry and Pre-Action fire sprinkler systems to collect the condensation that naturally forms.
The drains need periodic emptying or accumulated water can freeze and break the drain. A broken drain can be an inconvenience or a catastrophe, so proper freeze protection is vital to keep systems operating properly and buildings in good condition.
Broken auxiliary drains...
• Cause system to trip
• Have potential for facility damage
• Cause inconvenience to occupants
• Require repair and maintenance costs
Some facilities may prefer to rely on proper maintenance to prevent frozen drum drips. The COLLECTanDRAIN Model 5900FE Flood Eliminator is an economic and simple option for those facilities to avoid catastrophic flood damage while relying on maintenance alone for freeze protection. Should a drain freeze and break, the Flood Eliminator will sense the sudden pressurized flow of water and restrict to eliminate the flooding that would have occurred. It does not interfere with normal auxiliary drain function and resets itself when the system is reset.
Stop guessing when and what auxiliary drain needs maintenance. By detecting even the slightest amount of water in the collection assembly, the COLLECTanDRAIN Model 5100ALBV water detector alarm alerts you when maintenance is needed. It provides a visual and audible alarm and can even be wired for remote notification to a Fire Control Panel or Building Management System. It's available as a standalone product that can be added to existing auxiliary drains or included on our pre-assembled auxiliary drains.
AGF's COLLECTanDRAIN line of heated cabinets are designed to protect the most problematic auxiliary drains by encasing them in a temperature-controlled environment. The energy-efficient heater includes a thermostat, so it will only turn on when needed. The drain can safely accumulate condensation without freezing and notifies maintenance staff (locally and/or remotely) when it needs attention. Model 5400 is the original, while Model 5450 and 5500 provide self-maintaining and automatic draining functions.
For questions about how COLLECTanDRAIN can help your freeze protection, contact us to speak to a member of our technical staff.
For pricing and to purchase COLLECTanDRAIN products, contact one of our distributors.