The Legal Requirement
The person responsible for a building or site is legally required to maintain all fire fighting equipment, including dry risers. The British Standard Code of Practice BS9990:2015 requires a full annual pressure test and six monthly visual check for dry risers for buildings above 18 metres and below 60 metres (buildings over 60 metres/18 storeys require wet risers).
Clause 7 of the Code states that inlets, landing valves, drain valves and landing valve boxes should be inspected every 6 months and recommends that wet tests be carried out annually when the main can be checked for leaks.
BS9990:2015 also states that maintenance and repairs should be carried out by a competent person. With Morgan Fire Protection you can be confident that all work will be carried out in accordance with the Code of Practice. We are registered with BAFE, members of the British Fire Consortium and SAFEcontractor approved.
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Maintenance & Servicing
Dry Risers are a vital piece of fire protection equipment for buildings above 18 metres. They play a critical role in delivering considerable quantities of water in a high rise building. They can however be prone to serious neglect and vandalism so it is important to have them regularly maintained and serviced. Morgan Fire Protection engineers will carry out a full annual pressure test and six monthly visual check to the current British Standard Code of Practice BS9990:2015 using our own dry riser testing appliance.
Annual Wet Test
Dry and wet risers are checked and pressure tested to 150 PSL or 10 bar for a minimum of 15 minutes. All insets and outlets are checked for leaks and any missing or faulty items replaced. Flow testing is also carried out. If any valves have to be replaced a further pressure test will be carried out before certification is issued.
Six Monthly Visual Test
This test involves a visual inspection only as required by BS9990:2015 and any missing or damaged items are replaced.
Private Hydrant Test
For large premises with hydrants on sites, Morgan Fire Protection will test flow meter rates and carry out a visual inspection of the location, H plate, cover and frost valve. BS9990:2015 clause 7 requires checking of pits, frames, covers and surface paving round edges of frames.