Annual Fire Pump Testing NYC
Property and facility managers are required to schedule annual inspections for certain critical fire protection systems. These inspections need to be performed periodically but sometimes can get overlooked. This includes testing critical systems like your building’s fire pump and its standpipe systems.
Understand that the fire pump is the “lifeblood” of your fire sprinkler system. If the fire pump doesn’t operate properly, or is defective in some way and in need of repair, the chances of water reaching the sprinkler will be severely diminished (meaning insufficient in water flow and water pressure). Depending on whether the pump is electric or diesel-driven, the fire pump to be operated on either a weekly or monthly basis according to NFPA regulations. This is called a churn test, and does not require the flow of water but rather to gauge whether or not the pump turns on and is in working condition.
In order to insure that the fire pump operates within the acceptable range when compared to its performance at the time of installation, you will also need to the operating test perform an annual flow test. This test will require requires your service provider to push the flow of water up to 150% of the pump’s rated capacity.
Just as important is testing your standpipe system. The standpipe is that y shaped apparatus on the exterior of a building which is what the local fire department hooks up to in order to fight fires. The can lay dormant for long periods of time but it’s important that they do not go neglected. To ensure that these systems will be functional for firefighters during a fire, call the professionals at Master Fire Prevention for all your fire pump testing NYC and nyc stand pipe testing needs at (917) 580-6330.
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