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Room Integrity Testing - Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Why do I need a test?
    The test is a requirement of the British Standard for gaseous fire extinguishing systems – BS:ISO 14520.  Most fire insurers will require evidence that the test has been conducted and the result is satisfactory.
  • How quickly can a test be arranged?
    Usually within a few days.
  • How long does the test take?
    Usually between 1 and 2 hours.
  • Will it set off alarms?
    No.  The test is completely independent of the detection system.
  • Is it disruptive?
    No.  It is only necessary to stop access to the room for 10-15 minutes.  Personnel can continue to work in the room.  The test can be paused if immediate access becomes required.
  • Does equipment need to be switched off?
  • Does air conditioning need to be switched off?
    Recirculation (chiller) units may continue to run.  Air supply/extract ducts passing into the enclosure will need to be either dampered closed or will be temporarily sealed.
  • Will I get a certificate if I pass the test?
    A full report will be issued within a few days.  This should be retained for possible inspection by the authorities/insurers.  A summary certificate can be issued at the time of test if required.
  • What happens if the room fails?
    An inspection will be conducted to identify leakage paths for remedial sealing.  These will be pointed out at the time of test and a plan included in the report.  It is recommended that a retest be conducted after remedial action to confirm the adequacy of the retention time.
  • Can remedial sealing be done at the time of the test?
    Yes, provided the leakage can be swiftly remedially, or temporarily, sealed.
  • Does Resikom undertake remedial sealing?
    We can do this if requested or the client can arrange remedial sealing themselves.
  • How often should the test be done?
    The relevant British Standard (BS:ISO 14520) specifies that the test should be conducted annually as part of routine maintenance.
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