What is a Fire Pump?

A fire pump is any kind of pump that is part of a fire protection system’s water supply. It is important to know that a fire pump does not create water, it takes water that is given to it from a water supply and increases the pressure (energy) of the water. A fire pump can… Read more »

What is a Standpipe System?

Standpipe systems are a series of pipe which connect a water supply to hose connections, basically an extension of the fire hydrant system. They are designed to provide a pre-piped water system for building occupants or the fire department. Standpipe systems are designed to provide fire protection water for hose lines in strategically placed locations… Read more »

What is a Dry Sprinkler System?

Unlike a wet system that is filled with water, a dry sprinkler system is filled with pressurized air. When heat opens a sprinkler head, the loss of air pressure in the piping will cause a special dry valve to open, or trip. Piping will then fill with water and out of any open sprinkler head…. Read more »

What is a Backflow Preventer?

Backflow prevention devices are used to protect the public water supply from contamination or pollution due to backflow, caused by a change backflow prevention devices are an important component of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s drinking water protection program and are legally mandated under the New York State Sanitary Code and the… Read more »

NYC Standpipe and Sprinkler Color Coding… Seeing Red.

We recently received a call from a building owner in New York City who received a violation due to the improper color coding of his standpipe and sprinkler system. Unfortunately this building owner was not aware of Local Law 58/09 which went into effect back in February of 2010. This law states…

What is a Wet Pipe Sprinkler System?

A wet pipe sprinkler system uses automatic sprinklers attached to a piping system filled with water. The system is connected to a water supply so that water releases immediately from sprinklers once it is activated by heat from a fire. A wet fire sprinkler system has water in the piping and therefore is only used… Read more »