The Fire Protection Association is continuing to offer pipework testing services during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety and welfare of our clients and staff is of paramount importance, so we are adhering to the latest government advice. Clients should not attend our lab or offices under any circumstances, but are able to contact the team during usual office hours on 01608 812 537 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Please continue to send us your pipes as normal and we will be in touch with progress. Our current turnaround times are 4 weeks.
Market leading pipe testing service
Your fire suppression system, whether sprinkler or water mist would be ineffective without fully functioning pipework. The LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations 2015 states that sprinkler system pipework should be inspected every 25 years.
The Fire Protection Association provides a sophisticated pipework testing service which meets these requirements.
How do we test the pipes?
conduct an external visual inspection
measure pipe lengths
photograph samples including points of interest
use a bandsaw to cut the pipe near one end
measure the outer diameter at the cross-section
measure the wall thickness at the cross-section
cut the pipe length ways using a plasma cutter
visually inspect the exposed interior of each sample for corrosion or any other abnormalities
photograph internal walls of samples including points of interest
remove rust and deposits using a shot blast cabinet
remeasure the wall thicknesses without the deposits
How much pipe work should be tested?
This will depend on the size of the installation.
The LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations, in Annex K, states: ‘At least one metre length of range pipe should be inspected per 100 sprinklers.’ If you have 1,000 sprinklers in your building, it is therefore recommended to have at least 10 range pipes tested.
Each pipe sent should be as close to 1 metre in length as possible, regardless of diameter.
By choosing the Fire Protection Association, you will benefit from:
- Experienced and specially trained laboratory staff in corrosive materials
- Independent and trusted advice
- A detailed report
Your report will include:
- Detailed photography of all samples including any points of interest
- Details of the interior and exterior examination
- Summary of the overall quality of the pipes and any further recommendations
Examples of pipework issues that may prevent your system working as it should:
Build up of corrosion deposits.
Corrosion from gauze or lagging which has been in contact with the pipe exterior and has been lifted away. If any kind of material holds moisture against the outside of the pipe this can accelerate corrosion.
Increased corrosion from worked areas of the pipe, like the groove here, corrosion can be greater.
To find out more about how we can assist you with any of our sprinkler services, email us on email@example.com or call us on 01608 812 537.