Dry Riser Installation, Testing, Servicing and Commissioning
Argos Fire Protection Ltd are one of the few fire protection companies who carry out dry riser work in-house. We provide national coverage from our head office based in the South West, with dry riser engineers based at strategic locations across the country. We have qualified engineers, a wealth of experience with dry risers, and can design, alter, install, maintain and commission any type of dry riser system.We will happily work on behalf of other companies, see our subcontracting page for more information.
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Did you know?
- All buildings over 18m in height or more than 45m from fire brigade access are required to have a system of dry rising fire mains or “dry risers”.
- Any person responsible for such a building (usually the Owner/Landlord, Managing Agent, or Facilities Manager) is legally required to organise dry riser testing.
- More than 60% of dry risers in England and Wales are not currently being maintained and tested in accordance with the British Standard (BS 9990:2006).
- Your buildings insurance is probably invalid if the building’s dry risers (or other fire protection equipment) have not been correctly inspected and tested as per the British Standard.
Dry Riser Testing: Annual Wet Test
Argos Fire Protection will visually inspect the dry riser installation as described in the six-monthly testing below. We then pressurise the system with water to 10 bar using our specialist test rig for a minimum of 15 minutes. If the system fails to hold pressure then all accessible inlets, outlets and joints are checked for leaks and any missing or faulty items notified. If items are replaced then a further pressure test will be carried out. The system is then drained and left ready for use. Certification is issued on satisfactory completion of the dry riser testing.
Dry Riser Testing: Six Monthly Visual Inspection
This test involves a visual inspection only, with any missing or damaged items notified and replaced. Argos Fire Protection will check the operation and/or condition of the following: valves, straps and locks, outlet washers, blank caps and chains, hand wheels and nuts, landing outlets, inlet cabinets, doors and glass, inlet breaching valve springs and rubbers, signage.
Should the system’s pipework be altered (e.g. building alterations, extensions etc) then a full recommissioning flow test will be required.
BS9990:2006 (Code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings) states that maintenance and repairs should be carried out by a competent person. With Argos Fire Protection Ltd you can be confident that dry riser testing will be carried out fully in accordance with the Code of Practice by our engineers. All our Dry Riser engineers are fully trained, and we are registered with BAFE, members of IFEDA, SAFEcontractor approved, and fully insured.
Why Should I Have A Dry Riser Tested?
Put simply, because it is the law!
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order states in Part 2, Fire Safety Duties – Section 17 (Maintenance):
(1) Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this Order or, subject to paragraph (6), under any other enactment, including any enactment repealed or revoked by this Order, are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
After any incident the fire investigators will want to see evidence that the system was compliant, and will ask to see commissioning and maintenance certificates; which can only be issued if the required standards have been adhered to.
If you do not comply with these regulations severe penalties may be incurred. It is the responsibility of the property owners or the Managing Agents to comply with these standards.
Failure to adhere to the rules and regulations could result in prosecution and may also invalidate your insurance if a fire situation were to occur and the system fails due to a lack of regular maintenance.