While not known to many, fire pumps could be considered to be the most critical piece of fire protection equipment installed at a facility or on a site. Fire pumps are used to increase water pressure when local supply isn’t strong enough to effectively fight a blaze that could be on a large scale depending on the location. Fire pumps and fire pump boosters can both be effective depending on the water source(s) nearby and the specific application.
The size and pressure of various fire pumps are measured in gallons per minute, and can typically range from 25 GPM to 5,000 GPM and between 50psi and 125psi in pressure.
With such a vital piece of equipment in use to ensure you and your home or business’ fire safety, it’s even more vital that the necessary steps are taken to make sure that the unit is functioning properly.
Testing your Fire Pump
It’s the recommendation of International Fire Equipment that your fire pump is tested weekly. In executing these tests, it is more ideal to test both the automated start system (if applicable) and the manual system. In doing so, you can ensure that your pump will still be effective given various power situations. Testing the pumps with no water flow will not harm the system, and will again ensure that should the time come, your unit is prepared to do its job. Again while these fire pump tests should ideally be executed weekly, it’s also a good idea to try and do a full test with actual water on a yearly basis.
Fire pumps (again, all types) should be inspected (and started) at least weekly to check the general condition of the pump, driver, and controller. The inspections should include the pump itself, bearings, stuffing boxes, water supply suction and discharge, strainers, pump running and power off alarms, and fuel/power supplies.
*IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WEEKLY FIRE PUMP TESTING IS REQUIRED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
International Fire Service is certified to test your Fire Pump on a regular basis, and our professional technicians are ready and waiting to service your unit! If you have questions about your existing system or the installation of a new system, don’t hesitate to call us at +1 (510) 237-5000. We look forward to hearing from you about your weekly fire pump testing!