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What is Dry Riser servicing?
A Dry Riser is a network of pipes running up inside of taller buildings (or ones with restricted access) to enable the fire brigade to pump water to areas within the building when tackling fires high up.
The buildings Responsible Person (or RP) is legally required to ensure the system is maintained to BS 9990:2006 code of practice which means a full annual pressure test plus a six monthly visual check for dry risers in buildings over 18 metres but below 60 metres (anything over 60 metres or 18 stories must have wet risers).
At Fire & Safety Solutions we pride ourselves on servicing equipment to the highest standard. Our competent, qualified and DBS (CRB) checked engineers can service a variety of dry riser systems and ensure everything is working as it should.
- Correct inspection and maintenance of Dry Risers is a legal requirement
- The Dry Riser requires an annual pressure test
- In addition a 6 monthly visual inspection must be performed
- Dry Risers are vital for fire fighting in tall buildings, correct maintenance is essential
Dry Riser Servicing – Maintenance
Dry Risers are a key piece of fire fighting and protection equipment for tall buildings. They’re designed to deliver considerable quantities of water, quickly, high up in to the building. However, like all equipment it needs to be maintained not only for wear and tear or age related failure, but also vandalism. Therefor it is essential to have them regularly maintained and serviced, which is why it is a legal requirement. Fire and Safety Solutions carry out a full yearly pressure test plus a 6 monthly visual check to ensure the equipment is serviceable and adheres to the British Standard Code of Practice BS9990:2006.
Dry Riser Servicing – Yearly Pressure Test
Dry risers need to be pressure tested once a year up to 10 bar for a minimum of 15 minutes, this is the only effective way of testing the equipment. The breeching connector at Ground Floor or at Fire Service Access Level, along with Landing Valves and outlets are checked for leaks or faults. If any of the parts require replacement, we will re-test the system again before it is signed off as safe and the certificate given to the Responsible Person.
Dry Riser Servicing – Six Monthly Visual Test
To ensure there isn’t a long period of time between tests, there is a requirement by BS9990:2006 that the dry riser system is visually inspected every 6 months by a trained and qualified fire safety expert to check for any obvious damage, missing parts or faults which would need to be replaced in order to make the dry riser safe and effective.