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Prevent Fire Pump Failure by Exercising Your Pump

Posted on: May 18, 2011

Like a car that sits in the garage for 10 years, your fire pump cannot be expected to run at full capacity if it is left idle for too long. Underuse may damage certain fire pump components, which may prevent the system from activating properly when you need it most. Fortunately, exercising your fire pump is fairly simple and should only take a few minutes each week or month.

How to Exercise a Fire Pump

When you exercise your fire pump, what you’re doing is simulating what would happen if a fire caused the sprinkler heads to open up. Fortunately, it is also very easy to carry out and doesn’t need to be done by a fire protection technician.

To exercise your fire pump, find the test line and open it. Opening the line will cause a drop in water pressure similar to what would happen if a sprinkler head opened up. If your system is working properly, this drop in pressure will cause your pump to kick on and pump water into the test line (which drains outside). If water doesn’t get into the test line, call a fire protection company right away for fire pump inspection.

If you need fire pump inspection or maintenance in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC, call Guardian Fire Protection today!

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