Commercial arenas all face different types of potential threats. One threat that will always remain is the threat of fire. In an emergency, a fire sprinkler system must douse the flames as soon as possible, even within seconds. Essential to some fire sprinkler systems is the fire pump, and essential to every fire pump is annual fire pump testing.
Importance of Fire Pump Testing
The fire pump is the device that maintains water pressure and volume during fire sprinkler activation. When water flow isn’t enough to maintain these two factors, the pump assists. It is essential for high-rises, where water must travel untold stories upward within seconds, and other facilities that will not supply the necessary pressure and volume. A fire pump is the most expensive component in a fire sprinkler system. Annual fire pump testing is necessary to ensure that this equipment will work when needed.
Expectations for Fire Pump Testing
A fire sprinkler professional alone ought to perform the annual fire pump test. Safety should be at the forefront, having parameters in place to ensure safe and controlled water discharge. This often involves anchoring the hoses. The fire sprinkler professional should use separate equipment, such as gauges and transducers, to gather data. These devices must have a calibration sticker noting that they have been calibrated within the past 12 months. The water will discharge in a safe location and follow all rules for disposal.
Evaluating the Data
The data from the test is not merely a record to file away and forget. First, it will inform you of whether or not your building’s fire pump can perform to full capacity and show specifically where any problems occurred. The test results cannot deviate more than 5% from the standard acceptance level. A well-rounded fire sprinkler company should give you not only the results, but also prescription suggestions for any issues and test results from previous years for comparison.
Find a Professional
With such an important task as your annual fire pump test, it pays to find a professional you can rely on year after year. In Maryland, the Chesapeake Sprinkler Company has decades of experience and a unique specialization in fire pump rebuilding, repair, maintenance, and testing. Among third-party fire protection companies, they are rare in that they have their own in-house fire pump rebuilding team.
Contact Chesapeake Sprinkler Company Today!
Chesapeake Sprinkler Company is a leading fire sprinkler contractor in the region, which is now a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company. As a full-service fire protection company, we offer design, fabrication, installation, testing, maintenance, and inspection of fire protection systems. Everything you need from your fire suppression specialist.
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