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Servicing and Maintenance of Dry Riser Systems

Intro

Dry risers are fire-suppression systems that use internal water pipework to channel water from a hydrant or other reservoir to the uppermost floors of a multi-level building. The system is used by firefighters, and is one component of the larger fire-safety plan for the building.

In Australia, all dry riser systems must be installed in accordance with AS 2419.1, which details all of the requirements for the design, installation, commissioning and testing of these systems. Additionally, Australian Standard AS 1851 covers maintenance and servicing of dry risers, which must be performed by a licensed contractor at least annually.

Servicing is required to ensure the dry riser system operates correctly and safely. The dry riser system hooks up at both ends of the field piping. This involves clearing blockages and air pockets, checking drain traps are not full, ensuring that pressure and flow tests can be done easily and monitoring temperature to ensure it is within safe limits.

Dry risers are an important piece of fire safety equipment in commercial buildings. As the name suggests, dry risers are dry pipe systems that pump water up to a building’s upper levels in the event of a fire.

In dry riser servicing and inspection, all components are required to be ensured as risers are unfortunately neglected and sometimes damaged. Dry risers should be serviced by a qualified mechanical engineer as per AS 1851.

Dry riser servicing is carried out by an experienced provider to ensure that the equipment is functioning properly. This includes pumping water through the pipes, replacing old components with new ones, and performing regular inspections to identify any potential issues.

As outlined in Australian Standard AS 1851, the service and inspection requirements for dry riser systems in Australia include:

• A thorough inspection once every 12 months.

• A flow test at least once every 5 years.

• A comprehensive servicing at least once every five years if it is not done at the time of the flow test.

The flow test is to verify that the system can operate within the guidelines outlined in AS 1851. The comprehensive servicing includes a full disassembly and cleaning of all components, as well as replacing any parts that are no longer operational or have reached the end of their life.

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What does the installation of a dry riser system entail?

The installation of dry riser systems is governed by the Australian Standard AS 2419-2001
A dry riser system is a plumbing system that carries high pressure water to hose reels and other firefighting equipment in the event of a fire. It is termed a “dry riser” because it only contains water when it is being used in the event of an emergency, unlike a wet riser which maintains a constant supply of water similar to a normal plumbing system.

Dry risers are required in most commercial and public buildings over three storeys tall, as well as multi-storey residential buildings, hotels and other such buildings. They are designed to provide firefighting personnel with access to water quickly and efficiently in order to manage or contain the spread of fires. Dry risers are also required by law to be inspected and tested annually, in order to ensure that they will function as intended during an emergency.

Installation of a dry riser system requires fitting the pipes that will carry the water around the building and into each floor – these pipes are usually copper or galvanised steel, although copper is generally more durable against corrosion. These pipes must be securely fitted so if there is ever any damage done to them during maintenance work, it can be repaired quickly before the next test.

The pipes must be fitted properly so that they have sufficient pressure at all times.

dry riser system layout

How Much Does It Cost?

It’s important to keep in mind that not all buildings require a dry riser system, but if you do need one, you’ll want to find an experienced fire protection company like Complete Fire and Pumps to install it.

The cost of dry riser installation in Australia will depend on a number of different factors, including:

* length of the system required

* location (e.g. city, suburbs, rural)

* ease of access for the installation team

* materials required

* extra features (e.g. an indicator valve letting you know when the system is operational)

Dry risers are a crucial part of any building’s fire protection system. If your building has a dry riser, it needs to be installed and maintained by a licensed technician. In Australia, the cost of installing a dry riser system can vary depending on your building’s location.

The typical cost for installing a dry riser system in Australia is $800-$2000 per floor. That includes installation costs and testing fees.

Is the installation of fire hydrants part of the cost of a dry riser system?

The installation of a fire hydrant is not included in the costs of a dry riser system in Australia.

The cost of installing a fire hydrant is determined by local government and council regulations, and each area can have different requirements and costs based on their own specifications.

If the fire hydrant will be installed in public property or road reserve, the owner may need to apply for a permit before starting any work; this permit could be free or it could carry a fee. Owners are responsible for gaining an understanding of their local requirements and ensuring they meet them.

What is the testing process for a dry riser system in Australia?

The testing process for a dry riser system in Australia is carried out by a certified professional to ensure that the system is in proper working condition and meets Australian standards. A proper dry riser testing procedure should include the following:

1. Inspecting the dry riser valve to ensure that all parts are present and that there is no corrosion or damage to the valve.

2. Ensuring that the inlet valve and sign plate are present and in good working condition.

3. Testing the water supply source to ensure that it will provide adequate pressure for the system to operate correctly during an emergency.

4. Testing each outlet valve at both high and low pressure with water from an external source (water tank or fire pump) to ensure that they are functioning properly when needed most—during an emergency situation where lives may be at risk due to poor performance of these crucial safety systems!

What is involved in servicing and maintaining a dry riser system?

In Australia, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has set forth guidelines for the management and maintenance of all public buildings, including schools and hospitals. These guidelines are mandatory for new buildings, but existing buildings can also elect to follow them in order to make their buildings safer. The regulations include servicing and maintaining dry riser systems.

Dry risers are an essential part of a fire safety system, particularly in large buildings. They act as the primary source of water supply to the upper floors of a building, and are usually installed within stairwells or lobbies so as to be accessible during an emergency situation.

In order to ensure that they function effectively at all times, dry riser systems must be regularly serviced and maintained. This involves:

1) Servicing dry risers by testing the pressure of the water flow

2) Inspecting the system for any signs of damage or deterioration in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard (AS 2419.1-2005)

3) An annual inspection from a qualified professional

4) Annual certification from a qualified professional

This service should be provided by an accredited company like Complete Fire and Pumps, who follows the regulations set forth by AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.

How much does it cost to service and maintain a dry riser system in Australia?

It can be difficult to determine the cost of maintaining and servicing a dry riser system in Australia. However, there are some general guidelines that you should follow when estimating the cost of maintaining and servicing your dry riser system.

First, you should take note of the location where your dry riser system is installed. This will determine how much it will cost to maintain and service your dry riser system. For example, if you have a dry riser system installed in your home, it will be much more expensive than if you had a dry riser system installed in an office building. Therefore, the location of your dry riser system will greatly affect the cost of maintaining and servicing it.

Second, you should take note of the type of fire protection that your dry riser system provides. Some types of fire protection systems are more expensive than others. Therefore, if you want to save money on maintaining and servicing your fire protection system, you should choose a fire protection system that is less expensive than other types of fire protection systems.

Third, you should consider the size of your dry riser system before deciding on how much it will cost to maintain and service it. The larger your dry riser system is, the more expensive it will be to maintain.

What is involved in servicing and maintaining a dry riser system?

Dry riser systems should be serviced annually, or every 12 months. This service should be provided by an accredited company like Complete Fire and Pumps, who follows the regulations set forth by AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.

There are two parts to servicing a dry riser: inspection and maintenance:
Inspection involves checking all parts of the system to see if they are working properly or if there are any signs of damage or wear that could interfere with functionality.
Maintenance involves replacing parts that are damaged or worn out in order to ensure the system will work properly when needed.

By ensuring that all dry risers are maintained in accordance with AS 2419.1, as well as by performing regular inspections of any system components, you will able to avoid many potentially dangerous situations, and ensure that your system is performing at its best.

If you’d like to know more about how often your particular building’s dry riser system needs to be inspected, contact our expert fire protection team today!!

Yours In Fire Safety

Alex

 

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