Depending on how your building is laid out and how your sprinkler system works – it might not be able to control or extinguish fires unless there is enough water pressure. When this occurs, you’ll need to make sure there’s a fire pump installed and if there isn’t one – that you have one put in.
Fire pumps come in all sorts of different makes and models. It’s important to understand what each one does – as its ability to pump water will have a significant impact on your fire safety planning. Here are some of the most popular fire pumps that you’ll encounter, what they do and what makes them appealing as well as what their limitations are.
Let’s jump right in!
Horizontal Split Case
Horizontal Split Cases are by far the most popular fire pump out on the market today. While it needs its own water source and isn’t necessarily a part of your fire suppression system, it’s still surprisingly easy to work with. In fact, if you ask a fire safety pro, most will probably say this is their preferred pump to work with.
Not only are the parts easy to maintain, but these systems can last for years and are among the most reliable pumps on the market.
Vertical split cases
Vertical split cases are basically the exact same thing as a horizontal split case – except they have vertical components. The good thing about this model is that it takes up significantly less floor space than their cousins. This is important – especially in small buildings where space is at more of a premium. These systems are built to go ‘up’ as opposed to out.
Vertical in-line pumps are a little different from split-case pumps in the sense that they’re a lot smaller. Like Vertical split cases, their primary claim to fame is that they save space in buildings where there isn’t much room to be had. They do need a special base to anchor them though; and they can be a pain for service professionals when it comes time for preventative maintenance. Just to get at some of the most basic components, the system has to be taken apart. So while they work great and save you a ton of space (they’re also ultra-durable), they’re a little bit of a bear when it comes to simple service.
Think of them like a higher-end sports car. They’ll last forever, they handle, drive and look great and you can be sure you won’t deal with many issues. But when you do – it’s expensive.
No matter what kind of system you have, they all require some sort of positive suction to draw water from an outside source. Not with a vertical turbine, though. Instead, these pumps can use water drawn from nearby wells and tanks. It’s then moved to the top and is used whenever it needs to be. The motor is almost always located on top of the pump as well – making it both easy to monitor and maintain.
So if you’re in the market for a pump or even a replacement, our team is a call away! Whether you need preventative maintenance or a simple walkthrough and consultation, Florida Fire Safety can help. Give us a call today!