Fire Pump Requirements
In the event of a fire, fire pumps provide water pressure to a facility’s fire sprinkler system. Some facilities either have an electric or diesel fire pump. Electric fire pumps have disconnects that will transfer power if the service is lost and in some cases may have diesel fire pumps as backups. Diesel fire pumps run on fuel which is regularly checked and filled. Fire pump assemblies include the water supply suction, discharge piping, and valving.
At Kinetix, we understand that each fire pump has its own unique characteristics. Our team will make sure that your system, regardless of whether it’s diesel, electric, old, or new that it will be serviced according to NFPA 25 and NFPA 20.
Fire Pump Inspections
The goal of weekly fire pump inspections is to verify that the assembly is free from damage and appears to be in operating condition. The inspections cover a wide array of checklist items and can include:
- Proper heating
- Gauge readings
- Electrical system conditions
- Fuel and oil levels
Kinetix will craft a solution for you and make sure that the fire pump inspection is performed at the right intervals and documented for your systems. Let us create a sample plan for your facility today; it just starts with a call to one of our solution providers.
Fire Pump Testing
Fire pumps require two different types of tests at different intervals, a no-flow test and an annual flow test.
Fire Pump No-Flow Test
- Depending on system weekly or monthly
- Pump operates properly without flowing water
- Automatically starts
Fire Pump Annual Flow
- Required annually
- Verifies pump performance during different conditions
- RPM at pump
The Kinetix Fire & Life Safety Experts will perform and document the results of these tests for your facility. Our team is skilled at navigating the complexities of fire pump testing and has the equipment and experience to complete these tests with confidence and care.
Fire Pump Maintenance
Fire pumps and their associated components are essential to a properly functioning fire protection system. A comprehensive fire pump preventive maintenance program will increase the reliability of the system as well as reduce or eliminate costly repairs. NFPA 25, the Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems requires that a “preventive maintenance program is initiated immediately after the pump assembly has passed acceptance tests.”
The Fire & Life Safety Experts at Kinetix will develop a preventive maintenance plan for your electric or diesel fire pump. There are many different needs, depending on your facility and equipment.
Some aspects of the fire pump preventive maintenance program can include:
- Engine maintenance
- Battery maintenance
- Fuel supply maintenance
- Temperature maintenance
- Fire pump controller service
- Emergency service
Kinetix will develop the right services for you and in combination with our Program Based ITM package that provides access to all of your records in hard copy and online in our Customer Portal.