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Enclosure Integrity Testing FAQs

Q: Why do I need a test?
A: 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.
Q: How quickly can a test be arranged?
A: Usually within a few days.
Q: How long does the test take?
A: Usually between 1 and 2 hours.
Q: Will it set off alarms?
A: No. The test is completely independent of the detection system.
Q: Is it disruptive?
A: 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.
Q: Does equipment need to be switched off?
A: No.
Q: Does air conditioning need to be switched off?
A: 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.
Q: Will I get a certificate if I pass the test?
A: 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.
Q: What happens if the room fails?
A: 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.
Q: Can remedial sealing be done at the time of the test?
A: Yes, provided the leakage can be swiftly remedially, or temporarily, sealed.
Q: Does FC&T undertake remedial sealing?
A: We can do this if requested or the client can arrange remedial sealing themselves.
Q: How often should the test be done?
A: The relevant British Standard (BS:ISO 14520) specifies that the test should be conducted annually as part of routine maintenance.