Fire Pumps are a critical part of sprinkler systems where a higher water pressure is required than otherwise available. They can be electric or diesel and range in size. Fire Pumps are designed to start automatically in order to immediately provide water in the event of a fire. In many cases, fire pumps are the sole source of water and pressure for a fire protection system. They must be properly maintained to be sure they are available at all times.
Weekly Test and Inspection Requirements
According to NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, a weekly test shall be conducted without flowing water to verify the pump assembly appears to be in operating condition and is free from physical damage. This weekly test can be conducted by the building owner or by BFPE International.
Annual Test and Inspection Requirements
An annual flow test is required by NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. The purpose of the test is to evaluate the performance of the fire pump, both flow and pressure. While the fire pump is running and the water is flowing, visual observations, measurements, and adjustments are made.
BFPE International has qualified technicians that perform weekly and annual test and inspection of fire pumps. We offer Total Fire Protection Agreements, which include this test and inspection. Properly designed, installed, and maintained systems is key to their proper operation. BFPE International can assist you with making the right choice of fire pump for your application. We appreciate the opportunity to design, install, service, and test & inspect your system.