Fire pumps are an essential component to fire safety, particularly for commercial buildings. They are required for buildings where the pressure in the existing system is too low to effectively operate a sprinkler system. It’s probably a fire safety feature that you haven’t thought about before, but it is crucial to the safety of all people who frequent these buildings on a regular basis. Here are some basic facts you should know about fire pumps.
How Fire Pumps Work
Fire pumps are especially useful in high rise buildings and warehouses. Large areas of coverage and the top floors of high buildings see a decrease in water pressure. The pump will regulate water pressure in the building’s sprinkler system to ensure that adequate amounts of water reach the fire. They are powered by a diesel engine, electric motor, or gasoline. Fire pumps are connected to a different water supply than the rest of the building, which may be a lake, reservoir, river, or even a storage tank. Many large buildings are equipped with more than one fire pump.
How Are They Activated?
When a fire causes the sprinkler system to engage, the fire pump or pumps are then activated if the water pressure in the sprinkler system drops below a certain level. The type and number of pumps your building requires depends on many factors, including the size of the building and access to a separate water supply.
Testing The System
Soliciting the expertise and skill of experienced fire safety professionals is key to ensuring that the fire pump or pumps at your site are working properly. Professionals test the system regularly by turning it on and inspecting the performance of the pump, the connectivity of the fire pump controller, and the water flow. Always stay informed of the latest advancements in fire safety to ensure that the system in your building is up to the task of keeping everyone safe.
Commercial Fire Pumps from Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.