Inspections and service for your fire protection systems may often be the least of your concerns when it comes to taking care of your facility. When you have so many other tasks to be tackling it can be easy to forget about scheduling inspections and service for your fire pump. However regular inspections for your fire pump are important to make sure your system will work properly if a fire occurs.
What is a Fire Pump?
A fire pump is a key part of your fire protection system. Fire sprinkler systems need water to flow through the pipes to be discharged and extinguish a fire. In order for water to flow, the water pressure has to be high enough. Fire pumps provide a high pressure of water flow to make your sprinkler system effective at fighting a fire. The fire pump is often connected to a water supply and it is powered through electricity, diesel or steam.
Fire Pump Inspections & Service
Depending on the type of fire pump you have, your pump may need to be inspected on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. It is important to keep in mind that fire pump inspections and testing are required by NFPA 25 and you should enlist the help of a fire protection professional to verify that your fire pump is performing at optimal levels.
Weekly inspections of your fire pump include a visual check of the pump’s components including valves, gauge readings, fuel and oil levels, electrical systems, ventilation and heating. These weekly visual checks verify that the pump looks to be operating correctly and is free from damage.
Monthly inspections often include no-flow tests of the pump. During a no-flow test, the pump is turned on to make sure it works properly without pumping any water through it.
Annual inspections and testing of a fire pump include a flow test that verifies the pump is performing as it should.
Fire Pump Repairs
If you notice any issues or feel your fire pump needs to be repaired, you should contact a fire protection professional as soon as possible. It is important to get any issues with your system resolved so that the pump is ready to go in case of a fire.
Fire Pump Service from W&M
W&M Sprinkler can provide fire pump inspections and service for your facility. We have experience working with a variety of pumps and we can provide fire pump inspections as often as needed according to NFPA standards. We serve New York and Connecticut. In addition to fire pump service, we can also provide inspections, testing and service for your entire fire protection system including fire sprinklers, suppression and alarms. Choose W&M as your full-service fire protection company for regular inspections and service in accordance with NFPA standards and local codes. Contact us today to set up a service call.