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Fire Pumps and How You Can Keep Them Running For Longer

Fire Pumps Are The Heart Of Your Fire System

Fire pumps act as the heart of your fire system. Without them, you can’t get water to your hydrants or operate your sprinklers and hoses. They’re also the system that drives all other components in the system. A working, reliable fire pump is absolutely vital to operating a functional hydrant-based fire protection system. Without a working unit, your entire fire system will be useless, which means keeping yours running efficiently could be the difference between being able to stop a blaze before it escalates or reducing the ability to handle any future emergencies. Keeping your pumps running for longer doesn’t just help extend their lifespan – it helps you avoid unnecessary problems down the road by keeping components operating at peak efficiency and reducing maintenance costs in the long run.

What Does Regular Fire Pump Maintenance Look Like?

Periodically checking and maintaining your fire pump as per AS1851 “Service and Maintenance of Fire Protection Equipment” is a great way to ensure it’s ready to handle any emergency and keep your operation running smoothly. Because they’re primarily mechanical devices,  can develop worn components, from factors like environmental exposure, delibrate or accidential damage to components, that cause them to degrade faster than they would otherwise. When you see the first signs of wear, it’s an indication that possibly your pump is reaching the end of its lifespan. It pays to have your pump inspected, tested and serviced twice yearly. You can also schedule routine maintenance on your own schedule to prevent a potential problem.(Suggest running your pumps at least once a week) 

If you’re not sure what to look for or when to check, you can use our fire pump maintenance checklist to get you started. From there, you can use our checklist to determine if maintenance is definitely needed. 

Keep your Fire Pump Working at Its Peak Efficiency

The more often you can get your pump serviced, the better it will work. The longer it sits between inspections, the more likely it is to begin to wear down during operation – which will cause problems in the event of an emergency. There’s no substitute for regular maintenance, but there are ways you can help your pump perform at its peak efficiency. – Clean your system regularly to keep debris from building up in the components and prolonging pump breakdown. – Avoid running your pump when it’s too warm, too cold, or when the water is dirty. – Avoid using solvents or other chemicals in your fire system. Running solvent vapors through a system that’s also using water can cause serious damage. – Keep your system clean and organized so you don’t have to constantly shuffle hoses and components around to get them in the right place.

Check Your Fire Pump for Signs of Trouble

Before you call your pump company to schedule maintenance or make any repairs, take a quick look around and make sure nothing looks out of the ordinary. These can include issues with the valves or seals in the system itself, which are often obvious to the naked eye. If you do notice something that looks strange or out of the ordinary, take a closer look to make sure it doesn’t indicate a problem. If you do, you can take immediate steps to address the issue. If there’s a problem with your fire pump, you should be able to identify it by checking for these signs of trouble. If you can’t, you need to get your pumps checked out as soon as possible. – High water usage – Water usage should be consistent. If you’re using more water than normal, something is probably wrong. – Low water pressure – If your pressure is low, you’ll have to use more hoses and water sources, which will increase your overall costs and increase the risk of hurting people. – Low water flow – This can indicate a number of problems, including leaks in the system. If your pump is receiving low flow, it needs to be replaced right away.

Protect Your Fire Pump From Damage

If your fire pump is exposed to the elements, it could be damaged by rust and corrosion. If this happens, it will no longer work properly. So, you need to protect it from the weather and other damage. When storing your fire pump, make sure that you keep it in a dry place. This will ensure that there is no rust or corrosion on the pump.

Damage can occur due to many different factors. There may be an error made when troubleshooting the pump or there may be a mechanical issue with the actual pump itself. You will want to make sure that any damage is repaired quickly so that it does not cause problems for other areas of your organization.

When you experience damage, it is important to find out what caused it so that you can prevent future problems from happening again. If you are not sure how something happened or if there were any contributing factors involved then you should consult with an experienced professional who can help determine what went wrong and what needs to be done next.

Don’t Ignore the Signs of Degradation in Older Pumps

Technological advances and improvements in all of the components used to make fire pumps, combined with increased use, can cause older units to show significant signs of wear and tear. If you see any of these, don’t ignore them. They’re an indication that your pump is reaching the end of its life and could begin to malfunction at any time. – Low water pressure – This is the most obvious sign of wear. When it occurs, you need to get your pump replaced immediately. – Low flow – Even if your pressure is still working, low flow will indicate wear in the system. When low flow occurs, you need to get your pump replaced right away. – High water usage – This is a sign of wear in the pump itself. If you’re using more water than usual, there’s a problem.

Summing up

When it comes to your fire pump, you can’t get any more important than making sure they’re ready to handle any emergency. It’s worth keeping them running longer than you normally would to avoid the potential problems that come with a worn unit.

Remember, in matters of pumps. and pumping equiipment, never hesitate to seek expert guidance. Your vigilance today can avert a catastrophe or downtime tomorrow.

After all, your safety is our utmost priority.

Wishing you a safe and protected future,

Alex 🧯

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