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Once commissioned and accepted, fire pumps must be maintained and tested periodically. NFPA 25 lists and explains all of the requirements for this process.
Most pump failuresHistory is dotted with many large dollar losses that occurred. Many times, the fire pump that was supposed to provide a high pressure water supply upon which sprinkler system design was based failed early on in a fire. The results are devastating, because without the pump, the sprinkler system may well be useless. occur due to lack of care of the unit. Unfortunately, many fire pumps are not tested periodically, as they should be, and when they are called on to respond, there are often problems that prevent their proper operation.
A properly installed, tested and maintained fire pump is a very valuable tool in the fire protection design for a facility. If there wasn't a need for one, it would not be installed. So, it stands to reason that if it is installed, it is needed, and if it is needed it has to be maintained.
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