Water remains one of the most effective fire fighting agent. However, without the correct pressure, it will be ineffective at putting out any fire. It’s vital that the flow of water gets a much-needed boost so that it can reach areas affected by fire.
That’s why fire pumps are an essential component of any fire safety system. Like any key part of your fire protection setup, it’s crucial that, as a building manager, you know you can rely on your system when an incident occurs.
Plus, Australia often suffers from the threat of droughts. So components that regulate water usage, such as pumps, should always be correctly maintained to ensure water conservation.
With that in mind, here are answers to key questions you might have about fire pumps:
What is a fire pump?
Fire pumpsets is a device that moves fluid in locations where pre-defined constant pressure is necessary. In taller buildings, a pumpset connects to either your sprinkler system, hydrant boosters or both. Their primary purpose is to maintain the water pressure needed for suppressing fire hazards when the mains is not enough or if the water is fed from a tank.
These pumpsets are available in diesel or electric configurations and must comply with AS 2941-2013.
What are common issues with fire pumps?
Any failure related to your fire pump is terrible news as it can often be a matter of life and death. One common issue identified by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) relates to fire pump battery failures.
Other issues with fire pumps are often caused by defects brought about by wear and tear or because the system is not maintained correctly.
How often does it require maintenance?
It is recommended that fire pumpsets are inspected monthly. However, most systems will also require annual servicing on top of the monthly checks. Doing so not only ensures you nip any issues in the bud, but it has also been shown to help with water saving measures. One study found that monthly testing can cut overall sprinkler system water consumption during maintenance by 50%.
Another point to bear in mind about fire pump servicing is that it is often not included in your fire safety service contract. It’s therefore wise to speak to your fire safety provider to check if this is included. If not, make sure you have this crucial service added – you don’t want to be caught without the use of your fire pumps when you need it the most.
Keep these points about fire pumps in mind and have the confidence you’ll get the protection you need against fire hazards.
Does your building or property need a fire pumpset? Want to be sure your existing equipment is safe and effective? Global Fire can help. Our team can inspect and maintain your equipment as part of the comprehensive range of services we offer. We can look after all your fire pump needs. Talk to us on 1300 88 70 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.