In case you did not know, a fire pump is an essential part of fire sprinkler system. The pump provides water flow at the required pressure to the sprinkler system risers and standpipes. The fire pump starts up when the sprinkler system pressure drops, due to a few fire sprinklers heads opening up and releasing the water in the line. This is because the natural water pressure in the city water line is not designed to supply an entire sprinkler system with the water flow required to effectively operate the sprinkler system.
Weather you need an electric or diesel pump we will help you select the best pump to match your water delivery, power and safety requirements. We design systems with horizontal split case, vertical split case, vertical inline, vertical turbine, or end suction pumps.
Our team keeps up to date on all the various national and international codes and best practices for the design of fire pump installations. There are many codes involved, and we take the time to understand the scope of each code and to map out the codes and their requirements as they apply to each specific installation.
Fire pump services we focus on
- Design service for Fire pump installation
- Fire pump installation
- Maintenance and servicing
- Inspections and testing
The best practices that guide our design and installation are
- Ensure continuity of power – we make sure your fire pump is powered continuously and an inadvertent power disconnection is avoided during a fire.
- Lock the disconnecting means – we plan our design to make sure that a disconnecting means is not accidentally exercised, interrupting the supply of power to the fire pump.
- Allow the locked-rotor current – the overcurrent device is set to allow locked rotor current to flow without tripping. We select conductors that are sized to no less than 125% of the full load current of the fire pump motor and 100% of the auxiliary loads that the pump circuit supplies.
- Carry only the full load current – the overcurrent protection device is set to carry the full load of the fire pump and the entire auxiliary load that is fed through the fire pump circuit.
- Design feeding through a transformer – we ensure the transformer is rated to at least 125% of the fire pump and jockey pump loads, and a 100% of auxiliary loads.
- Account for voltage drop – we design the most straight forward way for consistent deliver of power supply to the fire pump so that the voltage drop is 15% or less at the fire pump controller
- Protect conductors – we ensure the conductors supplying the fire pump are protected from physical damage. When possible we route the conductors outside the building and when we have to route conductors inside the building, the conductors are designed to be encased in 2 in. of concrete or as per code.
- Meet with your local fire department – before we start designing the fire pump installation, we can meet or discuss with the fire department about the fire pump room location to so we can select a location that in the event of a fire the fire department can easily enter the pump room to mange their responsibilities.
We are happy to work with you and create a testing, maintenance and service plan that matches your specific needs
- Inspect Fire pump system
- Inspect Pump Operation and for Diesel do a no flow start and run test for 30 minutes
- Inspect Pump house, heating, ventilating louvers
- Pump Operation for Electric only, do a no flow start and run test for 10 minutes
- Diesel monthly fire pump runs
- Do a full flow test for both diesel and electric pumps
- Do a test for the Fire pump alarm signals
- On an annual basis inspect and service hydraulic systems, mechanical transmission and motor
- Provide maintenance on the pump and associated components varies in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations.