Reg 4 Fire pump service


Fire Pump Service

The purpose of a fire pump inspection is to ensure that your fire sprinkler system will have a sufficient water pressure and flow in an emergency. The state of California requires fire pumps for any building over four stories tall.

An approved method of fire pump testing is measuring its RPM, GPM, and PSI. This test is performed with three different flow rates of 50%, 100%, and 150% of its rated capacity.

Excessive leaking, corrosion build up, and low pressure is a common problem. Which is why annual inspections and regular maintenance is required to keep it functioning properly.

What are the main types of Fire Pumps?

Fire Pumps are required in most large commercial and residential buildings. They are especially crucial in high-rise buildings where higher floors are beyond the pumping capacity of fire departments. 

Horizontal Split Case Pump

Horizontal split case pumps are in-line pumps in which the pump housing is divided axially into two parts. Horizontal split case pumps are characterized by their high efficiency and low noise levels, as well as how easy they are to service.

Vertical Split Case Pump

Very similar to the Horizontal Split Case Pump, but with the motor located at the top of the pump which allows for vertical positioning. 

This pump takes up less space and the vertical design also protects the motor from potential flood damage.

Vertical In-line Pump

A vertical inline multistage pump is a centrifugal pump that contains two or more impellers. These pumps are utilized when higher pressures are required in their application, such as for high rise buildings.

Vertical Turbine Pump

Vertical turbine pumps are centrifugal pumps, also known as the vertical pump, deep well, or line shaft pump. They are built to be fully submerged in water and are designed to move water from underground wells or reservoirs.

End Suction Pump

An End Suction Pump is a type of Centrifugal Pump where the suction is axial and the discharge is at 90 degrees to the suction. Many designs have a centre line discharge to comply with worldwide or regional standards.

A Fire Pump system is a critical fire safety element and there are many requirements to consider before choosing a system. 

The certified team at KORD Fire are experts at evaluating your building’s requirements and they will help you choose a pump system that is compliant and best-suited for your location.

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Fire Pump Maintenance

The maintenance of a fire pump system should always be handled by certified professionals, such as KORD Fire Protection. The NFPA and the International Building Code have very specific guidelines, and weekly, monthly and annual inspections are required by law. 

KORD Fire provides quality and affordable fire pump inspection service in accordance with NFPA 25.

Fire Pump Inspection Schedule

Weekly inspection:

  • Inspection of pump house/room
  • Inspection of pump system conditions
  • Inspection of electrical system conditions
  • No-flow (churn) test (Diesel fire pumps only)

Monthly inspection:

  • No-flow (churn) test (Electric fire pumps)

Annual inspection:

  • Inspection of the pump operation
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