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Fire Pumps: The Value of Inspections and Proper Maintenance

Fire Alarm Technician Providing Multifamily Fire Protection Services

When fires occur in large buildings, common extinguishers are rarely an adequate means of containment. More frequently, the job is entrusted to robust fire protection systems that utilize networks of sprinklers in the event of a disaster. Effective performance requires sufficient water pressure, and that’s where fire pumps come in. Consider the following tips and recommendations to ensure readiness at your location.

Regular Reviews

Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining any complex machinery, so keep close track of all reviews performed on your building protection system. Most fire pumps require weekly inspections of the following components:

  • Automatic start function
  • Bypass, discharge, pressure-release, and suction valves
  • Fire pump system piping
  • Pump controller and remote alarms
  • Pump room and cooling components
  • Water supply source

If running on a diesel motor, be sure to verify oil and fuel levels, batteries and their chargers, supply line valves, and the cooling system’s strainer. Once a month, check the battery’s electrolyte gravity and level. Look for any signs of corrosion or damage on battery terminals, cables, and connection points. A diesel engine’s oil should be changed every six months as well.

Detailed Inspection Needs

More involved inspections should be performed annually to ensure constant readiness of your fire pump and protection system. These needs extend to water flow testing, in-depth engine reviews, and servicing of pump coupling. Other components requiring detailed maintenance include exhaust, battery, and intake systems, plus lubrication and cooling systems for diesel-powered pumps.

Safety and Confidence

It’s important to adhere to manufacturer’s recommendations whenever servicing or inspecting your fire pump. If you’re anything less than fully confident in your knowledge and abilities, consider entrusting the process to a trained professional. The knowledgeable technicians at Castle Sprinkler and Alarm have the tools and experience to keep your system running in peak form. Contact us by calling 301-517-7349 or sending an email today and start enjoying the peace of mind you need and deserve.