Fire Pump Preventative Maintenance

The Challenge

Fire pumps are at the heart of fire fighting systems because they provide the necessary water that a fire fighting system requires. Due to the increased use of petroleum-based products, denser storage configurations (e.g. multiple-row racks), and higher storage-, a more significant percentage of industrial/commercial fire fighting systems are hydraulically more dense to control or even suppress a fire. In layman's terms- pipes are larger, fire fighting orifices (openings) are more extensive, etc. A water supply system must deliver higher volume and pressure to meet these fire fighting systems' hydraulic demands.

Many municipal water supplies were designed/installed decades ago when such high demand was not required. The water demand of the town/community has increased over the years, with supply systems not keeping up. Most "domestic" requirements also do not need high water pressures as fire fighting systems require, so municipal systems simply are not configured to provide the kind of pressures fire fighting systems require. There are also other reasons to keep water pressures in check- higher pressures need more significant preventative maintenance costs, safety concerns, etc. Of course, we're assuming there is a public water supply- there may not be one. There might be a water tank that the fire pump draws from, in which case there would be no water at all if the pump failed (at least with a municipal supply, there is some water provided to the fire fighting system, even if the pump fails).

A Fire Pump Maintenance Program is a necessary part of fire protection and safety. The fire pump is part of the fire fighting system water supply. It allows the water to flow at a higher pressure to ensure you can put out a fire quickly and efficiently.

If the pump doesn't correctly function during a fire, it could result in a significant financial loss due to damages. That's why it's so important to know how to maintain your fire pump. Our Fire Pump Maintenance Program will help you know exactly when you need to schedule tests and services to keep your pump in optimal condition.

The Problem