Fire Hydrant Testing

Fire hydrants are used by the fire brigade to access mains water supplies.  It is imperative they work correctly in an emergency.

Why is Fire Hydrant Testing needed?

Fire hydrants are a vital part of fire safety and used by the fire service to access water from the local mains supply.  Fire hydrants on public footpaths and roads are maintained by water companies and local authorities.  Maintenance of fire hydrants on private land is the responsibility of the owner of the site.  Buildings such as retail parks, warehouses, education premises and hospitals are likely to have fire hydrants.

It is important that you know your responsibilities regarding fire hydrants.  Defects which would affect the ability to deliver water for fire-fighting purposes can be discovered through testing to ensure they function correctly in an emergency.   


How can Equiptest help you?

Our fire hydrant examination and testing service is in operation throughout the UK. We ensure that hydrants are monitored, legislative requirements are met and we bring about a significant reduction in costs. Our fire hydrant testing dramatically reduces the risk of contamination and interruption to water supplies and releases Fire Brigade resources for proactive preventative duties.

How often should our Fire hydrants be tested?

Underground fire hydrants need regular maintenance and inspection in accordance with BS9990.  Fire hydrant testing should be done annually to ensure they have the right water pressure and flow rate.  We recommend a twice yearly inspection to ensure everything is working correctly.  


What does fire hydrant testing involve?

Our above ground examination will involve a visual inspection of the hydrant frame, cover, surface surrounding the hydrant and the hydrant indicator plate. Our below ground examination involves inspecting the hydrant pit and the hydrant itself. The period between inspections will be risk assessed and taken into account as well as area location and risk, hydrant position, age, material and previous history.

 A flow test involves flushing the tube for a short period to clear any debris which may cause damage to the flow sensor. After flushing the flow tube is attached to the standpipe and the hydrant valve is fully opened & readings are taken.

What other testing is undertaken?

The wet pressure test is conducted by fitting a standpipe to the outlet and then partially opening the valve to allow a small amount of water to flow. A blank cap is fitted in the standpipe head and the hydrant fully opened. Whilst under pressure, all joints are visually inspected for signs of leakage and only those leakage’s that would impair the hydrant for fire-fighting purposes, or cause a hazard would be reported immediately.

The static pressure test is conducted by attaching the static pressure assembly to the standpipe with the vent cock open. The hydrant is then opened and the vent cock is closed when the standpipe is free of air. A pressure reading is then taken. The hydrant valve is then closed and the vent cock opened to release the pressure before removing the standpipe assembly.

Do you need fire hydrant testing?

With years of combined experience in the fire protection industry, we can provide you with a full professional service. Contact us to find out how we can help you.  Based in Bristol we cover the whole of the UK.