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Residential Fire Safety

Uponor AquaPEX FAQs for Builders

Why should I consider installing Uponor AquaSAFE?
Aren’t smoke detectors enough?
How does the Uponor AquaSAFE System work?
What is PEX tubing?
How will the sprinkler heads look in a home?
Can a sprinkler head go off accidentally?
How much does an Uponor AquaSAFE System cost?
What is the maintenance of an Uponor AquaSAFE System?
Does Uponor install the AquaSAFE System?
Can any plumbing contractor install an Uponor AquaSAFE System?
Does Uponor offer a warranty on its AquaSAFE system?

Uponor’s AquaSAFE™ was the industry’s first non-stagnant, multipurpose plumbing and fire sprinkler system designed especially for homes. Because it combines with the home’s cold-water plumbing, it provides peace of mind each time a cold-water plumbing fixture is used, ensuring water will always be available to the sprinklers if it is ever needed in the event of a fire. The system features proven, flexible, durable crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing that is installed more often in new-home construction than copper and CPVC combined.

Working smoke detectors are important to warn people of an impending fire, but an Uponor AquaSAFE System can actually stop a beginning fire in its tracks — often before the smoke detector alarm sounds. In fact, industry statistics indicate that a working smoke alarm in a home cuts the chance of perishing in a fire by 50%. However, a residential sprinkler system increases the survival rate to 97%.

The Uponor AquaSAFE System combines the fire sprinklers with the home’s cold-water plumbing. It uses the same proven, flexible, durable Uponor AquaPEX® crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing that provides water to the plumbing fixtures so there is always a ready supply of water to the sprinkler heads if it is ever needed in the event of a fire.

PEX is an acronym for crosslinked polyethylene. It is a flexible, durable, corrosion-resistant product that possesses distinctive properties that make it ideal for fire sprinkler, plumbing and radiant floor heating and cooling systems. There are three different types of PEX tubing: PEX-a, PEX-b and PEX-c. Uponor manufactures PEX-a tubing, which is considered the superior type of PEX in the industry.

They are barely noticeable. Each sprinkler can be recessed or concealed behind a special plate that falls away when the sprinkler activates.

The sprinklers in an Uponor AquaSAFE System respond to heat, not smoke. The odds of a malfunction are just one in 16 million.

It depends on the size of your home. Typically, this life-saving upgrade adds as little as 1.5% to the cost of constructing a new home. And adding a fire sprinkler system to your home may also reduce your homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Because Uponor AquaSAFE multipurpose systems do not require antifreeze or backflow preventers, there is very little maintenance. To learn more about the system, watch our Uponor AquaSAFE Homeowner Instructions video.

Not directly. We manufacture the flexible, durable Uponor AquaPEX® tubing and provide all the necessary components that are used in the system. We support the contractors who install our systems with on-going training and design assistance. To find an Uponor AquaSAFE installer in your area, visit our Find an Installer page or call 800.321.4739.

Yes, provided he or she is a locally licensed, Uponor-trained professional. If a contractor requires AquaSAFE training, he or she can receive it through our Uponor Academy training program that is designed specifically for the trade professional.

Yes. Uponor proudly backs the PEX tubing and ProPEX® fittings in its AquaSAFE fire sprinkler systems with a 25-year limited warranty when installed by a locally licensed and Uponor-trained professional.