Fire Hydrants are a vital tool in fire safety so it is vital they are working correctly. Maintenance of fire hydrants on private land is the responsibility of the owner of the site. Commercial properties such as retail parks, warehouses and hotels are likely to have fire hydrants that need to be maintained. It is important that you understand your responsibilities regarding fire hydrants. Regular testing ensures that they will function correctly in an emergency.
Our fire hydrant examination and testing service is available throughout the UK. With years of experience in the fire protection industry we provide a full professional service. But how do we carry out a fire hydrant test? Read on to find out.
Above ground checks
Our above ground examination will involve a visual inspection of the hydrant frame, cover, surface surrounding the hydrant and the hydrant indicator plate. The period between inspections will be risk assessed and take into account factors such as the area location and risk, hydrant position, age, material and previous history. We recommend twice yearly above ground inspections
Below ground checks
Our below ground examination will involve the visual inspection of the hydrant pit and the hydrant itself. Defects which would affect the ability to deliver water for fire-fighting purposes or create a hazard are reported immediately. Also the period between inspections will be risk assessed and take into account factors such as area, location and risk, hydrant position, age, material and previous history. Again twice yearly inspections are recommended below ground.
Wet Pressure Test
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 to be visually inspected for signs of leakage. Only those leakage’s that would impair the hydrant for fire-fighting purposes, or cause a hazard, would be reported immediately.
Static Pressure Test
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.
Before attaching the flow tube to the hydrant standpipe the main will be flushed for a short period of time, approximately 1 minute, to clear any debris which may be causing 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.
UK Fire Hydrant testing service
Our 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.
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