Dry and wet risers are fixed fire fighting systems, used by the Fire Service in the event of a fire. Dry risers are generally found in buildings between 18 and 50m in height. However, buildings less than 18m in height, may also have dry risers. Any buildings over 50m in height will have a wet riser installed.
It is crucial that these systems are in good working order at all times and their location clearly signed as they are used by the Fire Service to direct water to the fire quickly and effectively.
As experienced Fire Service Professionals, our team are best placed to make sure that your premises is ‘emergency-ready’ – including updated signage and navigation.
Adena Fire will ensure that your systems comply with BS9990:2015.
A dry riser is a system of pipework and valves running through the height of a building, allowing the Fire Service to deliver water to a fire located on any level of a building. They are generally found in buildings over 18m in height.
BS9990:2015 – requires that dry rising mains are visually inspected every six months and that wet-pressure tests are conducted annually (which includes the visual inspection).
Wet risers are similar systems to dry risers, but are permanently charged with water and are generally found in buildings over 50 metres in height.
BS 9990:2015 requires that wet rising mains are visually inspected every six months. The pumps must also be tested and serviced on an annual basis, in addition to conducting pressure and flow tests. It is imperative that all risers are tested and maintained on a regular basis to ensure that they are ready for use by the Fire Service at all times.
In the light of Grenfell and the subsequent changes to fire safety requirements, it has been recommended that these lifts are tested regularly. This is to ensure that the lifts are ready for use in high-rise buildings in the case of fire.
When conducting dry riser testing and maintenance, we often found that the risers were difficult to find on the external face of the building – potentially causing vital minutes when the Fire Service attends a fire. Therefore, we now provide guidance on making sites ‘Emergency-Ready’ by providing recommendations for signage which we can add around your site.
All of our engineers are British Fire Service professionals. We have experience in the commissioning, testing, maintenance and repair of risers as well as hands-on use of these systems in the event of a fire. This means that we only ever recommend repairs that are really necessary.
Our services are accredited by SafeContractor and ConstructionLine, and are provided in line with the British Standard – BS9990:2015 .
We hold business insurance (details on request).
We offer competitive prices which are simple and straight forward with no hidden extras – providing reduced rates for additional risers tested on the same site.
We have our own bespoke testing vehicle, which includes a Godiva Fire Service pump, enabling our engineers to test to the new standard of 12 bar pressure.
Our engineers are highly trained and experienced providing a professional and friendly service ensures that our work is conducted with the minimum disruption to our client’s business.
Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS) can be sent prior to work commencing ( on request).
Please note that Adena Fire engineers are able to rectify any defects identified during testing.