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Room Integrity Testing

Room Integrity Testing is required for any fixed Gas Suppression system; the system works by releasing a gaseous agent into an enclosure and the gas then either reacts with the fire or reduces the oxygen level, this then suppresses or extinguishes the fire.

To ensure the Fire Suppression system is working correctly, the enclosure needs to hold the gas for a set time (typically around 10 minutes).

How does it Work?

For an effective Room Integrity Test to be undertaken, pressure is created in the room with a door fan test. The pressure is then released for a required period and is measured by sensors to a pre-determined level. This measurement determines if the room has enough integrity to hold the type of gas agency that the fire suppression system is designed for.

A Room Integrity Test predicts how long it will take for the gas to descend to a certain level without needing to discharge (removal) the system, which can be costly and disruptive to business operations.

How does it Work?

Pressure is created in the room with a door fan test. The pressure is then released for a required period and is measured by sensors to a pre-determined level. This measurement determines if the room has enough integrity to hold the type of gas agency that the fire suppression system is designed for.

A Room Integrity Test predicts how long it will take for the gas to descend to a certain level without needing to discharge (removal) the system, which can be costly and disruptive to business operations.

Will the Integrity Test cause disruption?

No – people can work in the room and the testing does not affect any equipment in the room.

The door fan test equipment is fixed to the main door and may block it for around an hour but aside from this you can use the room as normal.

What are the Standards and Guidelines?

The main standards that recommend Room Integrity Testing on commissioning of a system and the annual re-testing of an enclosure are BS EN15004 and ISO14520, which are UK standards that provide guidance on how to carry out the test and the frequency of re-testing.

How often should a Room Integrity Test be carried out?

British Standards recommend that Room Integrity Testing is carried out annually to ensure your Gaseous Fire Suppression system will work correctly. 

IPH offer this as part of our service package for the preventive maintenance of Fire Suppression systems, we also offer this service to non-contracted service customers and one-off testing.

What if the Integrity Test fails?

You will often find that many rooms fail the initial Room Integrity Test but can also fail during the ongoing maintenance plan.

After every testing, IPH will provide a full report listing the areas that failed. Should this be the case, we offer room sealing services and can quote for this if needed. Using a specialist company such as IPH, you can avoid unnecessary re-tests and high costs.

Pressure Relief Venting (PRV)

Most Gaseous Fire Suppression systems will release an additional amount of gas into the room, this can create over-pressurisation of the room by adding an additional volume of gas.

Over-pressurisation of a room can cause structural damage and damage to equipment inside the room.

To ensure the room is not over-pressurised, a Pressure Relief Vent (PRV) is required. This is a vent with louver blades which open to release any gas and then prevent a peak pressure spike.

As part of your Fire Suppression system installation, maintenance and integrity testing, IPH will advise on the correct PRV’s to be fitted to your room should they be required.

Do you need a Room Integrity Test?

All gaseous fire suppression systems that are installed by IPH Fire Solutions receives a room integrity test when it is commissioned. It is a requirement of British Standards (ISO14520/BS EN15004) and NFPA 2001 Code that a room integrity test is conducted on initial installation and on an annual basis as a minimum requirement.

A Leader in the Industry

IPH Fire Solutions was originally formed in 2003 with an office located in the North West just outside Manchester. Since then, IPH have continued to expand, offering fire suppression services both across the UK and on an International level.

Why Choose IPH?

  • British Standards Institution (BSI) Certified
  • CHAS Certificate of Accreditation
  • Safe Contractor Accredited
  • Over 25 Years Industry Experience
  • Nationwide Cover
  • Fully DBS Checked & Highly Trained Engineers
  • 24 Hour Call-Out Service

When you specify a system for fire protection, lives, livelihoods and the environment are at stake. At IPH, we pride ourselves on offering expert advice to support your decision, ultimately delivering the appropriate fire solution when looking to safeguard all things in your care.

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