Is my fire hydrant system being maintained correctly?
Maintenance of fire hydrant systems is governed by AS1851, but what does that mean? How can you tell if you are currently getting the service you are paying for? Here is a non-exhaustive look at some of the things your service contractor should be doing as part of their routine servicing.
Monthly servicing of fire hydrant systems is only required if the hydrants are connected to a pumpset. Every month your service provider should:
Check all isolating valves and pressure switches are secured in the correct position
Start the pumps using both automatic and manual starting devices
Record the starting pressures of the pumps
Every six months your service provider should:
Operate all water supply valves and check they are locked fully open
Check all hydrant valves are in good condition
Check all hydrants valves have an appropriate connection for the fire brigade to connect to
Check the block plan for legibility and appropriate location
Every year your service provider should:
Complete all six-monthly items
Open all hydrants to prove the presence of water at each point
Conduct flow rate testing on the hydrant system
Survey exposed sections to check for damage and corrosion
Check for obstructions that could impede operation of or access to the hydrants
Check that hydrant design remains appropriate for the building
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