A fire pump test is significant because a building’s fire pump system is vital to a fire protection system. It’s a crucial last line of defense before a building engulfs flames. In a fire-related emergency, people turn to the building’s fire pump system to keep the water flowing where it matters. For this reason, consistent fire pump tests must happen. Fire extinguishers are necessary for minor threats, while fire sprinkler systems are necessary for more harmful events. A building and its occupants face even more danger when the piping system or water supply has interruptions. In this case, a fire sprinkler system will be unable to perform its job accurately, if at all. Here is a deeper look at the significance of a fire pump test.
How a Fire Pump System Relates to Fire Safety Systems
When smoke or fire enters a building, there are a few lines of defense to prevent the structure from complete damage and keep its occupants safe such as:
- Fire Alarm Systems: These tools are the first sign that something is amiss. It warns occupants of a potential fire hazard.
- Fire Extinguishers: These fire protection systems protect occupants from small, contained fires.
- Sprinkler Systems: These systems take effect when more drastic actions are necessary or when a fire spreads rapidly and is hard to control.
- Fire Pump Systems: These tools serve as a structure’s last line of defense. If a sprinkler becomes damaged, and their water flow or supply isn’t enough to power the system, the fire pump will save the day and lives.
Notes About the NFPA
Our NICET-certified team inspects and tests your fire protection equipment based on the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Authority Housing jurisdiction. The NFPA 20 refers to the Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection that outlines the standards for installing fire pumps in any building. On the other hand, the NFPA 25 is a document that states the regulations regarding regular fire pump system testing. It outlines the different requirements for monthly inspections named “churns” and annual inspections called “flow tests.”
A Churn Test
Monthly churn tests involve the fire pump system running for ten minutes. We check the hardware and flow levels and record suction and discharge pressure gauge readings to interpret these results. All of these factors determine if the fire pump system is working optimally.
An annual flow test looks at the system’s flow and pressure rates. We run hoses at a safe deposit to ensure there isn’t any water damage. Then, we compare test results with the factory specifications and previous years’ readings, ensuring the numbers are where they should be.
Chesapeake Sprinkler is here to help you prevent and recover from fire emergencies. Contact us today to learn more about the significance of a fire pump test and other inspections you need to keep your building up to code and safe.
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