Nova Fire Protection, Inc.
 
SERVICES

Building Types We Service

Residential

Commercial

4Single-Family Homes
4Multi-Family Homes
4Duplexes
4Condominiums
4Mixed-Use Buildings
4Townhomes
4Custom Homes

4Offices        
4Mixed-Use    
4Mid-Rises
4High-Rises
4Warehouses
4Hospitals
4Schools

4Department Stores

4Hotels

4Malls

4Places of Worship

4Retail Shops

4Retirement Homes

4Parking Garages

Nova can fulfill all your fire protection needs for any size project.  Our qualified staff has extensive experience working closely with homeowners, general contractors, building owners and property managers to design and install code-compliant fire sprinkler and alarm systems.

 

 


Services Explained

 
 
Fire Sprinklers
 
INSTALLATION
  • Design-Build Sprinkler Systems: This installation method most often refers to new-construction projects where Nova is contracted to fully design and install a complete fire sprinkler system in a new building. Design-Build projects occur in 4 main phases: 1) Design, 2) Coordination, 3) Installation, and 4) Close-Out. 
  • Sprinkler System Retrofits: Every year more laws are passed requiring fire sprinkler systems to be added in existing buildings. Currently the Chicago Fire Sprinkler Substitute Ordinance passed in 2004 is one of the strongest mandates supporting retrofit systems (more information about this ordinance is available at: www.firesprinklerassoc.org). Nova has successfully installed many retrofit systems throughout the Chicagoland area and is proud to support any retrofit project.
  • Sprinkler Head Relocation: Sprinkler heads may require relocation for a variety of reasons. Most often changes to the interior walls or ceilings of a building will require that the sprinklers are relocated to provide adequate fire protection coverage for the updated layout. This is a very common occurrence when new tenants move into a retail or office space.

TESTING AND INSPECTION

  • Fire Pump Testing: Often large commercial buildings require a fire pump on the sprinkler system in order to meet pressure requirements. Fire pumps are an integral part of a sprinkler systems, therefore they must be tested annually to insure they are in proper working condition. Nova conducts pump tests on a regular basis, and offers maintenance agreements as well.
  • Annual Sprinkler System Testing and Inspection:  Fire sprinkler systems consist of a complex configuration of piping, valves, sprinklers, and other monitoring devices. Since sprinkler systems are so complex and important for life safety, annual testing and inspection of sprinkler systems is highly encouraged by fire officials and insurance companies alike. Nova conducts annual testing and inspection on a regular basis, and offers maintenance agreements as well.

EMERGENCIES

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service: No matter what type of fire sprinkler emergency you may have in the middle of the night, Nova is prepared to come to your aid. Our 24-hour emergency service is available to existing and new customers. Even if we didn’t install the sprinkler system in your home or building, we have the capacity to respond to any of your sprinkler system emergencies.
  • Broken or Frozen Pipe Repair: The piping used in sprinkler systems is much more robust than PVC piping commonly used for plumbing. Although broken sprinkler pipe is an extremely rare occurrence, it can happen. Typically sprinkler pipe fails for 2 main reasons: 1) the piping is struck or punctured by a nail, hammer, saw…etc., and 2) the piping freezes because the heat was turned off in a building during winter months, or the pipe insulation was removed, thus exposing it to the cold elements. No matter what the cause of your broken or frozen pipe, Nova is available to repair the problem and bring your sprinkler system back in service.
DESIGN
  • CAD Design of Sprinkler Systems: All of our drafting and design is conducted ‘in-house’ by our experienced design staff. Our staff includes several NICET certified supervisors, and designers with various degrees in engineering and computer sciences. We utilize the latest CAD technologies to deliver professional grade system designs.

 
Fire Alarms
 
INSTALLATION
  • Design-Build Fire Alarm Systems: This installation method most often refers to new-construction projects where Nova is contracted to fully design and install a complete fire alarm system in a new building. Design-Build projects occur in 4 main phases: 1) Design, 2) Coordination, 3) Installation, and 4) Close-Out. 
  • Fire Alarm Panels: Fire alarm panels, also called annunciator panels, are central control devices that act as the brains of a fire alarm system. When system devices are activated or are in need of maintenance, a signal is sent to the fire alarm panel, which detects, reports, and takes appropriate action for the signal received. For example, when a fire starts and a smoke detector activates, it will send a signal to the alarm panel to initiate the fire alarm and to electronically notify the local fire department.
  • Smoke Detection: Smoke detectors are devices that detect smoke and activate alarms to alert nearby people. Although smoke detectors can be hard-wired to a building’s power supply, many are still battery powered, and should be checked regularly to ensure proper working condition.
  • Horn/Strobe Notification: Horn/strobe devices are modern fire alarms that emit both auditory and visual signals to alert nearby people that the fire alarm system has been activated. Depending on the local fire code and system design, horn/strobe devices can be triggered by activating a pull station, smoke detector, or fire sprinkler system. Most horn/strobe devices are installed on the interior and exterior of commercial buildings, however many municipalities are beginning to mandate the use of horn/strobe devices on the exterior of homes as well.
  • Elevator Recall Systems: Elevator recall systems are designed to prevent people from being trapped in elevators in the event of an emergency. Emergency power is used to lower the elevator to the ground floor and open the doors, so that passengers can exit safely.
TESTING AND INSPECTION
  • Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection: Fire alarm systems should be tested and inspected on an annual basis to ensure that they are in proper working condition.
DESIGN
  • CAD Design of Fire Alarm Systems: All of our drafting and design is conducted ‘in-house’ by our experienced design staff. Our staff includes several NICET certified supervisors, and designers with various degrees in engineering and computer sciences. We utilize the latest CAD technologies to deliver professional grade system designs.