Fire pumps are built to the protection and well-being of people’s life and property. It is either driven by electric motors, diesel engine, or steam turbines. In high rise buildings, the safety of the building is highly dependent on the fire protection system it has installed. The entire fire protection system and equipment needs to be up to the standard in order to ensure the protection of the building and its inhabitants. Keeping that in mind, the NFPA20 standard for fire protection pumps ensures just that. NFPA20 standard classified fire pumps as split case pump , vertical turbine and end suction or in-line design.
Through UL tests fire pumps and engines separately in order to ensure they are capable to work in a fire protection system. All pumps, spare parts, and engines are tested by UL. It checks each and every detail in order to ensure that each building gets the best fire protection system.
What does the Fire Protection Pump Package include
A fire protection pump package normally consists of the following:
Main Fire Pumps
A fire pump, either split case or end suction or turbine, is the main component of a fire protection package. The fire pump normally offered and installed is either UL listed or to be FM approved.
The motors offered in a fire protection pump package need to be certified by NFPA 20 or UL listed.
A Diesel engine
Diesel engine are specially designed for fire fighting.
The controllers shall be factory assembled, and need to be NFPA20 minimum requirements.
Jockey pumps system
It is used when it is desirable to maintain a uniform pressure on the fire system.
Fire Pump Inspection Checklist
Fire pumps need to be constantly inspected in order to ensure maximum performance and minimum risk. There are both weekly and monthly inspections of a fire pump, with both inspections checking different aspects of the pump. A weekly inspection checklist goes as follows:
- Check all the valves and pipes for any leaks and damage.
- Test the automatic start on your own and see if it works. Do so in a controlled test.
- Check the pump controller and see how it responds to the stimuli it is supposed to react towards.
- Check the valves and see if they are providing the pressure relief the pump needs.
- Keep a check on the water that flows into the shaft of the pump in order to see if it cools the pump properly or not.
- Check if the pump room temperature is above the required 40 F amount or not. This is the minimum temperature.
- Check each and every aspect of your diesel engine to see if it works properly.
A monthly check looks at the specific gravity of the diesel engine battery’s electrolyte while also checking for the corrosion at its terminals. A biannual check changes the diesel engine’s oil.
A fire protection pump package included many detail parts and each part is linked with the other. User need to make sure that the equipment meet industry quality standards, while also maintaining the equipment by checking on it regularly. A fire protection system is the key to people’s life and property. For that, fire pumps need to be in top shape. For any enquiry about fire pump, please contact us.
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