Fire Pump Installation & Design
Your Full-Service, One-Stop Shop for Fire Pump Installation in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia
Functional fire sprinklers are vital for protecting your facility from fire damage. Of course, no sprinkler system is complete without a fire pump. If you’re constructing a new building in the Southeast or renovating your existing property, be sure to arrange fire pump installation and design services to provide your building with adequate fire protection.
Don’t wait until a fire emergency strikes to think about your building’s fire protection needs! Call Unifour Fire & Safety today to design and install a fire pump on the premises of your building in the Southeast.
What Does a Fire Pump Do?
When high heat activates a sprinkler head, it opens and releases water onto the fire below, often working so effectively that it puts out the blaze completely before firefighters arrive. Of course, for this to happen in your building, your sprinkler system needs a fire pump to detect any dips in water pressure.
A fire pump is an electric, diesel, or steam-driven component that ensures each sprinkler head receives enough water to extinguish a fast-growing blaze. When the flow rate falls below a certain threshold, the pump powers on automatically to bring the pressure back up and help your sprinkler system battle the fire more effectively. Water pressure is most often a problem in high-rises, large buildings, and structures with ground-level water tanks. These types of properties need fire pumps the most.
Fire Pump Design
The type and size of fire pump you require depends on your building’s square footage and fire hazards. Our design process ensures a good match for your fire protection needs.
Sizing a Fire Pump
The water pressure a fire pump produces is measured in gallons per minute, or GPM. To calculate the pressure your building requires, you can use one of two methods:
- Standpipe method: Similar to a fire hydrant, a standpipe is a piece of plumbing that emergency personnel can tap into for greater firefighting power. NFPA 14 (Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose Systems) governs this fire pump sizing method. The standard requires a fire pump to deliver 500gpm to your building’s first standpipe and 250gpm to each additional standpipe up to a maximum of 1,000gpm. This sizing method is ideal for smaller buildings requiring only a few standpipes.
- Sprinkler area calculations: This fire pump sizing method is much more complex, but it’s the best option for larger buildings. The method takes fire hazard classifications into account to determine sprinkler density and the corresponding water pressure needed to extinguish a fire. Rely on Unifour Fire & Safety to help you with these calculations.
Selecting the Right Fire Pump
The next step in the fire pump design process is to determine which type of pump is most appropriate for your building. You have three options:
- Horizontal split case fire pumps: Also called double-suction fire pumps, these are the most common type of pumps installed today. They come rated for 250gpm to 5,000gpm.
- Inline fire pumps: You might choose this option if you’re looking for a more compact, space-saving design and lower installation cost.
- Vertical turbine fire pumps: NFPA standards require positive suction pressure, so this is only an option if your water supply is below the suction flange.
Fire Pump Installation in the Southeast
After Unifour Fire & Safety helps you size and select the right fire pump for your building, the final step is to perform a code-compliant installation. With over three decades of experience installing fire pumps for businesses in the Southeast (including NC, SC, VA, TN, FL, and GA), we can certainly handle this process for you. The finished product provides you with peace of mind, knowing your building is adequately protected if an unexpected fire ignites. Call us today at 866-511-5540 for a quote on a new fire pump system for your building.
We proudly serve the following cities and their surrounding areas:
North Carolina (NC) – Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, Raleigh, Durham
South Carolina (SC) – Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg
Georgia (GA) – Athens, Atlanta, Savannah
Eastern Tennessee – Knoxville
Virginia (VA) – Blacksburg, Richmond, Roanoke