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Dry Riser Testing is Required Every Six Months

Regular dry riser testing is essential to ensure the equipment is is good working order. Servicing and maintenance of the equipment should also carried out at this time. The importance of a working dry riser can not be underestimated. The Fire brigade depends on dry risers in their fight against fire. If they cannot quickly and easily access the equipment or if it is faulty it may hamper their attempts to fight the fire so further endanger lives. 

What Testing is Required on a Dry Riser?

The 2015 British Standards BS9990 lays out recommendations for dry riser testing, maintenance and servicing. It recommends a visual inspection of dry riser equipment every six months and a more detailed physical dry riser test each year. 

Dry Riser Visual Inspection

The visual inspection of dry risers, required every 6 months, is to ensure that there are no obvious signs of damage or vandalism. It is important to document this and to quickly repair or replace any damaged or missing parts.

Annual Dry Riser Testing

It is a legal requirement that all dry riser installations undergo and pass a more in-depth dry riser test every 12 months. This annual dry riser test involves a physical testing of the dry riser installation.  This includes a hydraulic pressure test (or wet pressure test). Using a fire service approved hose and water pump the system is filled with water to a pressure of 12 bar (175psi) for a minimum of 15 minutes. This tests the system for any leaks. Our engineers carry out an initial air pressure test first to reduce the risk of a flooding should the dry riser leak. A comprehensive test of all valves, washers, seals, inlet and outlet valves is carried out along with a check of the dry riser cabinets and signage. Once the test is complete the dry riser system is drained and outlet valves are closed and secured with padlocks and straps. Finally the inlet breeching cabinet is closed and locked.

Following a dry riser test or a dry riser service, a certificate is issued to record the date of the testing and confirm the equipment passed the test and that it meets the requirements of BS9990:2015.

Who is Responsibly for Dry Riser Testing?

It is important to note that if there is ever a fire, the person responsible for the building i.e. the property owner, landlord or facilities manager, will need to show that all dry risers located in the building have been tested annually and that there is a valid certificate of compliance in place.

Our Dry Riser Testing Service

If it is dry riser testing you require, our experienced engineers can test your dry riser installation to ensure that it conforms to the latest British Standards and relevant building regulations. Dry Risers Direct specialise in this type of equipment. Our engineers are experienced in servicing, testing and maintenance. They carry an extensive inventory of spare parts so they can replace or repair any faulty parts to give you an efficient service and peace of mind. Dry Risers Direct offer a comprehensive testing service which complies with the new code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings, the British Standard BS9990:2015.

Please call or email service@dryrisersdirect.co.uk to obtain a quotation or to book a service slot.

  • We have a network of Dry Riser service engineers close to you. Response times can be within hours if required.
  • Our vehicles use the latest tracking technology to ensure a speedy response.
  • We carry out hundreds of Dry Riser tests per month – our service is efficient and professional.
  • Our vehicles carry an extensive range of parts and a utilise specialist pumps, hoses and recording equipment.
  • We keep a system database accessible to our customers who can download their latest job reports 24/7

Do you have multiple sites with multiple Dry Risers? If so talk to us and we can discuss your preventative maintenance schedule and how we can take the headache away.

Our Dry Riser Test Equipment

To help you understand what is involved in dry riser testing please see the video. As you can see the test equipment is quite large so good access and convenient parking near the system to be tested is important. belowWe have the latest test equipment

The dry riser testing equipment is comprised of a Single cylinder electric start diesel engine and a triple piston pump (Interpump AB180 : 60 Bar max).

The unit is specially designed to recirculate the water back into the tank to minimise mess and the need for additional water.


You can read more about the work we do in our Dry Riser News.

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