Hydrant boost test

Hydrant boost testing Melbourne

Last week saw another hydrant boost test. This site has terrific mains pressure and supply rate, but the on-site fire water pipe system was found to have a leak. This prevented the system achieving the full test pressure. Our plumber will do a repair visit, along with the necessary refurbishment of all valve seals, then we’ll re-schedule the full hydrant boost test.

Here we are closing off after the trial pressure test failed.


We’ll be back.





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Call us to book your 5 yearly hydrant boost test for AS1851 compliance 1300 134 971


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Week 15 No.1 – Thermal detectors

Early fire warning

You hear a lot in the media about smoke detectors and their importance in early fire detection and life saving. However some parts of your home, apartment block or business premises are not suitable for smoke detectors, eg. where dust may be present and could produce a false alarm. In these locations the design of your fire protection system may include heat or thermal detectors.

Thermal detectors

These often look very like your smoke detectors so you may not be aware of them. Like smoke detectors, they will generally be hard-wired into your electrical system and send a signal back to the fire indicator panel. They also require battery back-up, to ensure functionality in the event of loss-of-power.  Code requirement is that all alarms should sound if any one is triggered.

Like all detectors they require routine maintenance and testing.  First of all we switch your Fire Indicating Panel to test mode.

Image 1 Testing apparatus

Image 1 show testing equipment we use for the different detector types., typically used for ceiling or wall mounted detectors.

The test unit on the left (standing upright in the photo) uses a smoke dispersing aerosol to fill the cup, for testing smoke detectors. The test unit on the right (lying down int he photo) shows the heating elements of the thermal test unit which is shown in Image 3. Both detectors have an extension handle for ease of testing on ceiling mounted detectors, and a tilt facility to enable testing of wall mounted detectors.

The cup of the test unit is held over the detector (Image 3) for the test duration and an alarm must sound within the prescribed time.


Thermal detectors are to be tested annually. Thermal detectors require to be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, generally after 10 years.

We also check your back-up batteries on our routine visit, and replace them when required.

Image 2 – Thermal detector; ceiling mounted in basement car park

Image 3 – Thermal testing & timing the response










We carry a variety of thermal detectors so we can easily make a like-for-like swap out of your expired detectors.



After testing is complete, the Fire Indicating Panel is returned to normal operating mode.

How can we help you?

Give us a call if your Essential Safety Measures maintenance isn’t getting the attention it needs.

Call 1300 134 971.

We’ll help keep your family safe over Easter.

Week 14 No.1 – Trouble with the VBA ?

Don’t risk trouble with the VBA

Earlier this year we were invited to provide a quote for ongoing routine maintenance of Essential Safety Measures at a block of apartments. Our site investigation pretty quickly revealed a number of non-compliances which had been built into the place from day one – only a few years ago. We mainly handle work in the new build or ongoing maintenance part of the industry and are not registered for surveillance audits. A registered building surveyor, for example, could formally identify the fixes required here, which we, in due course, could look at implementing. So in this case we declined to quote and briefly advised the Facility Manager why.

A few weeks passed, and the Facility Manager has called us again. On advice from the VBA apparently, the local council will be coming round for an inspection. The FM has asked if we can provide any advice on how he should proceed. Hmm – we’re still thinking about that. Seems it’s all come as a bit of a surprise to him but, as per some of the evidence we saw in our initial visit, the building has had problems from the outset. The VBA had been tracking back some overdue items and it looks like some action, and expense, will be have to be undertaken. Now the council is getting involved too.

We can’t emphasise enough the importance of compliance with your Essential Safety requirements. Not only might the resident’s safety or property be at risk, but the authorities may take a keen interest too.

Our obligations in Essential Safety maintenance is more than simply paying the visits and ticking the boxes – we have to be sure that the equipment identified in your maintenance determination is, and remains, in full code compliance and is fit for purpose. In this case there were problems for a while; these could have lead to serious consequences, had there been a fire for example. Earlier identification and persistent follow-up may have lead to rectification closer to the construction phase of the facility. This may yet be part of the solution, but oh so messy.

Let’s hope you never have this worry.