Dry Rising Testing

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Your Assurance of Fire Safety – Dry Riser Testing Services

Dry risers are piping systems established within structures to guarantee a water source for firefighting personnel in case of a Fire Outbreak. They serve as a conduit between the top level of the building and the water source, enabling firefighters to rapidly and effectively combat blazes. The absence of a well-operating dry riser system can severely hamper firefighting operations and put life and assets at risk.

A dry riser system has a connected set of pipes, taps, and valves for pumping water from a fire truck up to the higher floors of a building, whether it’s commercial, industrial, or public property. Dry risers are often installed in stairwells or other easily accessible locations. This positioning enables firefighters to attach their hoses and tap into the water source swiftly. The dry risers require consistent checks and upkeep to guarantee they’re operational when required.

Legal Regulations and Requirements for Dry Riser Testing and Maintenance

How Often Should a Dry Riser be Tested?

Property managers are legally bound to keep their dry risers regularly tested and maintained. According to BS9990:2015 dry risers must be tested under pressure annually with a visual inspection every six months. These regulations are solely meant to ensure the occupant’s safety and compliance with fire safety standards. You should conduct the tests through qualified professionals. Their expertise and specialized equipment are necessary to carry out accurate testing in compliance with regulations. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in penalties and fines, extending to criminal charges.

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Importance of Regular Testing and Maintenance of Dry Risers

Importance of Regular Testing and Maintenance of Dry Risers

Regular testing and maintenance of dry risers is important for many reasons as follows:

  • It ensures the effectiveness and reliability of the system in an emergency. With regular testing and maintenance, you can identify the defects or issues beforehand and address them ahead of becoming a problem in the end moment. This approach also minimizes the risk of failure and subsequent mishap.
  • To comply with local fire safety regulations
  • Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to insurance claims being denied in the event of a fire.
  • It also helps in extending the lifespan of the dry riser components. Early detection of issues can help prevent damage and reduce the need for costly repairs.
  • Testing verifies that the necessary water pressure and flow rate are available to fight a fire effectively.
  • Regular testing and maintenance demonstrate your commitment to fire safety.
  • Complying with fire protocols provides occupants and stakeholders with a sense of relief.

Dry Riser Testing Procedures and Best Practices

Testing dry risers comes with a set of procedures and best practices to follow. Adhering to these practices will ensure the safety and success of the dry riser testing process.

  • Visual inspection: The process begins by visually inspecting all the components of the dry riser system, such as pipes, valves, and outlets. In addition, you can look for corrosion, obstruction, or any signs of damage that could affect the system’s performance.
  • Flow test: Conduct a flow test to gauge the water pressure and dry riser’s flow rate. A qualified professional must perform the test, using calibrated equipment that guarantees accurate results. The test helps determine whether the dry riser system can deliver adequate water supply to the building’s upper floor.
  • Pressure test: This test involves pressurizing the system to a defined level and observing any drop in pressure or signs of leaks. To ensure accurate results and prevent any damage to the system, a qualified professional should carry out the test.
  • Record keeping: It is crucial to maintain detailed records of all the inspections and tests conducted on the dry riser system. The documentation should cover the test’s date, the results, and any identified issues, followed by the actions taken to address them. These records serve a greater purpose for compliance purposes, as well as a valuable reference for future inspections and maintenance.
  • Prior Information: Before testing, it’s crucial to inform the building occupants, maintenance staff, and local fire services if necessary, to avoid any confusion or alarm during the testing process.
  • Safety Precautions: Make sure the test area is secure and that bystanders are kept at a safe distance to prevent accidents.

Dry Riser Testing by M and T Mech Services includes the following:

M and T Mech Services provides comprehensive dry riser testing services to ensure the safety and proper functioning of your fire protection systems. This testing includes a series of steps conducted in accordance with the British Standard BS9990:2015, which are outlined as follows:

  • Inspection of all the parts of the system in compliance with BS9990:2015
  • Operate each landing valve fully by opening and closing it.
  • Greasing the mechanical components.
    Replacing any worn or missing parts, including washers, straps, padlocks, gaskets, etc.
  • Charging the system with water and pressurise to 12 Bar
    Draining all water from the system and replacing seals, caps, and plugs
  • Monitoring for no less than 30 minutes
  • Providing a detailed test report and certificate

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