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The Cole Law Firm

Subrogation Law Since 1972

The Cole Law Firm

3410 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 376-0486
(916) 376-0478 Fax
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Subrogation Law Since 1972

#1 Fire Sprinkler System

An assured contracted for a remodel at his home. The architect noted the fire sprinkler system as NIC (not in contract) and the general contractor engaged a fire sprinkler company to design/build a system. Central manufactures Omega sprinkler heads. Omega heads rated at 160 degrees F were installed throughout the home. A similar head was installed in a sauna. Saunas attain temperatures of 170-190 degrees F. You see the problem!

The sauna sprinkler head discharged while the assured waited for the sauna to heat, and water ran out of the sauna, into the dressing and master bedroom suite on a second floor, down the walls into the first floor, and did over $240,000 damage.

Fault: installing the lower temperature head, contrary to NFPA 13, the national standard as well as the standard incorporated into the codes enacted by the town in which the home was built. Another fault was that the Central Omega sprinkler heads were on national recall, and the design/build firm failed to notify the homeowner of such recall. If it had, perhaps someone at the design/build firm would have noticed the 160 head in a sauna, and installed a 250 head, thus preventing the damage. (20753).

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