Fire pumps are a vital part of any building, and they need to be checked regularly, just like any other part of a life safety system. As a business owner, facilities or operations manager, or other type of property administrator, it is essential that you educate yourself on fire pump inspection requirements. If keeping a building up to code is part of your job description, then you need to be proactive about fire pump inspection on your property. Here are three things that facility administrators need to know about fire pump inspection.
1. Why do I Need a Fire Pump?
Not all commercial properties require a fire pump, but they are essential for some facilities. Your building will require a fire pump (and fire pump inspection) if you have a fire sprinkler system that has greater needs than your water supply can provide. Fire pumps increase the pressure of the water coming from your municipal or private water system so that it is sufficient for your fire suppression system. Without fire pumps, a building’s sprinkler system could quickly reduce water pressure for the city’s water main. This could result in contaminated water flowing back into the public supply, creating an immense health hazard.
2. What Happens if I Miss a Fire Pump Inspection?
The penalties for missing a fire pump inspection or being noncompliant with building and safety codes vary by region, but it is always best to be proactive when it comes to water systems and fire safety. Many municipalities require annual testing, but this may not be the case for your property. The professionals at Biles Fire Protection are ready to help you address your fire pump testing requirements and maintenance needs.
3. How Can I Keep My Pump Running Smoothly?
Fire pump inspection is only one part of pump maintenance. While each system is different, many pumps benefit from being run either weekly or monthly. Facility managers should also keep an eye out for rust, debris, and water near the fire pump. Pools of water near the pump can indicate poorly functioning drain lines. If you notice any of these symptoms, have any questions about your fire pump’s maintenance needs, or need to schedule a fire pump inspection, call the experts at Biles Fire Protection today.
Questions? Biles Fire Protection is Here to Help
If you need commercial fire prevention service, the trained professionals at Biles FPS are here to help you. We have the equipment and expertise to install sprinkler systems for the best prices. We are known for our superb customer service and reliable support; just ask our customers! Call us with your questions at 443-701-8330 or visit us online. For more tips, information, and to see what we have been up to, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.