Fire pumps are designed to protect life and property. They are used when the normal water supply cannot dependably provide sufficient water to the fire system.
Most fire pump systems consist of a driver (diesel or electric), a main fire pump, a fire pump controller, a jockey pump with an electric motor and controller and certain ancillary components required by fire code.
Coastal Service works on all these components and more!
Diesel Fire Pump are usually used where there is limited power or the backup generator is too small to run an electric pump. Besides the diesel driver a diesel fire pump has several other major differences: An over pressure relief valve in the event of overspeed The engine is normally cooled by the pumped water. Minimal safety devices on engine operation.
Note: some newer systems will allow the engine to shutdown during a programmed test for low oil pressure or over-temperature but should the engine get a start signal it is designed to run to destruction to protect life and property.
Electric fire pumps can be vertical or horizontal usually depending on space available. An electric fire pump is frequently backed up by an emergency generator and an automatic transfer switch. Like the diesel pump it has few safeties to shut the system down in the event of a problem with the fire pump system. Generally the only shutdown on an electric fire pump is the main breaker which will only trip on a catastrophic failure which would prevent the pump from operating anyway. The system is designed to run to destruction if need be to protect life and property.
Note: Some newer system will not attempt to start the pump if the electric supply is faulty and cannot run the pump. If the pump is already running it will allow it to continue running to destruction as designed to protect life and property.
Jockey pumps are used as a pressure maintenance pump to make up for minor leakage from a fire pump system. Should the system need more than the jockey pump can provide the main fire pump will start. These pump are not required to be UL/FM listed but must be sized properly for the system and maintained in good working order. It can be vertical or horizontal usually depending on space available. A jockey pump is frequently backed up by an emergency generator and a separate automatic transfer switch shared with the house emergency power system, not the fire pump automatic transfer switch. Unlike the fire pump it has the normal safeties such as fuses, breakers, starter overloads, etc.
Note: by fire code the jockey pump must be dedicated to the fire system and cannot be a pump "shared" with other systems.
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Coastal Service is a full service fire pump repair facility with digitally dispatched, factory - certified technicians. Generally, if it is in the pump room we have the training, tools, knowledge and desire to service it.
We are licensed and insured to work on all types of diesel and electric fire pumps, the controls that make them work, and the ancillary equipment they require. Diesel pumps with fuel system or electric pumps with automatic transfer switch. W We do it all!
Coastal Service and Supply Inc. in Largo Florida, is constantly setting a higher standard within the fire pump industry. We are members of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).
Centrally located in Largo, Florida, we serve the Tampa Bay area in West Central Florida.
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