Important information regarding fire pump testing:
Fire pump testing season is upon us. As many of you know, during testing a large amount of water is discharged. Pumps can discharge water at a rate of 500 to 1000 gallons per minute. Over the course of a performance test, several thousand gallons of water can discharge. In an effort to prevent possible water damage to your building, landscaping and/or property, you should make sure that all drains are draining properly and are free of debris.
If you are discharging water on the roof, please give specific attention to your roof and roof drains. Also ensure the integrity of all discharge piping that transports water from the roof to the disposal point. If “ponding” occurs on the roof due to insufficient drain capacity, damage could result including but not limited to, damage to the roof membrane or weather barrier, structural damages, leaks, or flooding damage to owner or tenant spaces.
If you have any doubt as to whether your drains or roof can handle the water created from testing your fire pump, please give us a call so we can discuss alternative testing methods.