Why do you need a fire integrity test?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 2001 is the standard that outlines installation and maintenance of clean agent fire extinguishing systems.
NFPA Standard Code 2001 stipulates that all protected enclosures require a room integrity test to confirm system performance and evaluate enclosure pressure fluctuations.
A room integrity test is also required each time a protected room is altered or modified in any way.
The global industry standard best-practice is to conduct a room integrity test on an annual basis. This ensures that the critical equipment within the room is adequately protected and the room has not been inadvertently compromised.
What is a fire integrity test?
Fire Integrity Testing is used to evaluate whether a clean agent or CO2 suppression system will adequately protect your equipment within the enclosure. This test can be used to optimize room and suppression system design.
During a fire suppression system discharge, significant pressure fluctuations can happen with the rapid release of clean agent into an enclosure; which can pose a structural risk to the room and equipment. The Fire Integrity Test will determine what the extent of these pressure fluctuations would be in the event of a fire. This test is significantly more cost effective and environmentally friendly than a system discharge test of either clean agent or CO2.
What happens during a fire integrity test?
The AlertONE technician will use specialized equipment to pressurize and depressurize an enclosure. The results of the test are then used to evaluate whether a clean agent or CO2 suppression system will adequately protect the equipment within the enclosure. This test can also be used to optimize room and suppression system design.
What types of structures does AlertONE test?
AlertONE provides room integrity testing for all types of enclosures, from server rooms to industrial complexes.
For more challenging rooms, we also have the qualifications and equipment to conduct double fan testing, which can more accurately evaluate the integrity of a room. Our equipment and software are calibrated on a schedule that always meets or exceeds the industry standard. Our technicians are highly skilled at identifying any leaks within an enclosure and will make recommendations on how to improve the room’s integrity.
If we already have a clean agent system or equipment, will AlertONE test these items as well?
As part of our service, we can conduct an external inspection and leak test of your clean agent fire suppression cylinder and valve assemblies. We use the most sensitive equipment in the industry. This can be performed while we are on site to complete your room integrity test.
If it is determined by testing that maximum pressure within the structure will be exceeded, what can AlertONE do to help?
If our test shows that the maximum pressure within your structure would be exceeded, we have solutions. We can work with you to have pressure relief vents designed and installed.