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How Often Should I Test My Fire Pump?

Last Updated: July 29, 2013

That is a popular question that we often get at State Systems. You have already chosen to protect your office or building with a fire pump and sprinkler protection system, but installation alone is not enough. Fire pumps must be tested to ensure that the water flow and pressure levels will effectively diffuse a fire.

If your warehouse or high-rise were to experience a dip in water pressure, the pumps may not be able to distribute water throughout your entire building – leading to devastating damage for your company and future business. If you own an office space in Memphis or the Mid-South, having a reliable fire protection system is essential to protecting your space and employees. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for annual, professional fire inspection and weekly fire pump test protocols.

Annual Professional Fire Pump Inspection

We cannot say it enough: the only way you can be certain your fire pump will keep you protected is if you have it tested regularly! An annual fire pump inspection is essential to ensure that your fire pump will work properly to keep you safe from fires at all times.

In our inspection, we will make sure the couplings of all pipes are aligned, check the circulation relief valves that prevent the pump from overheating, and test the water flow and pressure to the pumps.

No matter what brand of fire pump and sprinkler system, or if we installed your fire protection system, you still need an annual inspection of your fire pump – give State Systems a call for services in Memphis, TN.

The most important thing you can do for your fire suppression system is to make sure it works at all times. We provide quality inspection and maintenance to keep your fire suppression system in working order and, most importantly, to keep your facility and employees safe.

Our licensed and certified fire protection technicians ensure your fire pumps adhere to fire code regulation procedures for both the NFPA and state and local fire codes within the Mid-South. We will check all the components of your fire pump to ensure your fire sprinkler system is prepared for a fire. Using Web-based inspection reporting methods, we keep track of your inspections and monitor the integrity of your system over time.

Weekly Fire Pump Testing

You wouldn’t expect someone to run a marathon two years after buying (still unused) running sneakers and no practice runs or training schedule. Just the same, your fire pump should be checked weekly to test performance. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to keep your fire pump in “race-ready” shape.

During the test, you will create a drop in water pressure to invoke a response from your fire pump system similar to a real fire. To do this, open the test line to cause your water pressure to drop and to start pumping water to the test line – this drains outside too, so there will be no damage to your building from these weekly tests. Different fire pumps require different testing lengths: 10 minutes per week for electric fire pumps or 30 minutes per week for diesel fire pumps.

With these regular tests, you will also remain familiar with your fire sprinkler system, keep an eye out for repairs issues, and prevent rust, dust, and debris from disrupting the fire pump. If you’d like professional help, call State Systems and we will schedule a professional fire pump inspection technician to show you the proper maintenance and tests for your system.

Fire Pump Installation & Repair Services

Looking to install a fire pump system in the Mid-South? Our experienced fire protection experts will help you design and install the optimal fire protection system for your building or office space. Call State Systems today to schedule an appointment for a free estimate on installing a new fire pump with your fire sprinkler system!

Once your fire pump and fire sprinkler system are installed, State Systems offers 24-hour emergency fire protection services, seven days a week, to ensure our customers have access to a licensed professional when they need it most. Our technicians are there to handle any emergency, including fire pump repair and maintenance, to protect your property around-the-clock. If you notice maintenance is needed, don’t hesitate to call a trusted fire protection company serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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