Hydrant Flow Testing Newcastle

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Hydrant Flow Testing Throughout NSW & ACT

Hydrant flow testing is required by Australian Standards to ensure that fire protection systems are working when needed.


All fire hydrants across Australia should be inspected at regular intervals by qualified and trained inspectors to ensure that they are working correctly. At Murphy Plumbing, we are qualified to perform hydrant flow testing for clients and contractors across Newcastle.


Our fire hydrant testing is through, ensuring that your fire hydrants are in good working order so that, should the worst happen, your staff and property are protected.

Hydrant Flow Testing — Plumbers in Newcastle, NSW
Fire Truck And Fire Hydrant — Plumbers in Newcastle, NSW

What are my obligations for hydrant flow testing?

As specified in AS 1851 section 4, the minimum requirements for hydrant flow testing across Australia include:

If you are responsible for fire hydrants in Newcastle, it’s your obligation to ensure that your fire hydrants are assessed on a regular basis as part of your regular commercial fire testing precautions, including annual inspections by a qualified inspector.

Hydrostatic Testing

Hydrostatic testing is a method of determining the condition of an object, or system, under pressure. The purpose of the hydrostatic pressure test is to prove the replaced parts and the piping system can sustain the elevated water pressures applied during fire fighting operations.


The testing is completed on rechargeable fire extinguisher tanks to evaluate the cylinder’s ability to hold pressure. 


Hydrostatic testing is often used to test for leaks in some types of equipment by applying pressure to it and then measuring any change in volume. Hydrostatic testing has many uses and benefits that make it an important part of quality assurance programs worldwide!

AS2419 Fire Hydrant Installations

As per the government regulations, you will need to comply with this standard if you intend to design, install or commission fire hydrants. This standard specifies requirements for the design, installation, commissioning and testing of fire hydrant installations. It applies to on-site fire hydrant installations, that is, fire hydrant installations used to protect buildings, structures, storage yards, marinas and associated moored vessels, wharves and plant. Further information on the standard can be found here.
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A Top-quality Plumping Company You Can Trust

Established in 1965, Murphy Plumbing is a three-generation plumping company here to offer comprehensive and reliable testing of your hydrant flow.


We’re proud of the connections we make with our customers and will always pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service and satisfaction rates.

We won’t rest until you’re happy with the job we’ve done.


What Is A Hydrant Flow Test?

Fire hydrants are used by emergency services as access to a direct water source in order to deal with an outbreak of fire.


To keep these in good condition for when they’ll need to be used, professional plumbers need to perform regular tests and inspections on their flow. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure regular tests are conducted and must be carried out at least five times a year.

Hydrant Booster Flow Testing

This critical test checks whether fire rescue operators will have efficient use of the fire brigade boost. Without this, they won’t be able to fight the fire effectively enough to be safe.


To carry out a booster test, Murphy Plumbing will use pumping appliances to simulate the operations used by fire brigade operators.


This will make sure that there are no obstructions or impairments between the fire pump bypass manifold, the booster assembly system, and the most remote hydrant location.


AS2419 Hydrant Commissioning Testing

A property owner’s Occupational Certificate is dependent on this test report and performance results. Murphy Plumbing can provide this to you without hours after the successful achievement of the test.


This test is to certify that the installed pipework has been constructed without any detectable leaks.


We will use a test pressure and measure for the highest hydrant for 2 hours and record the data to evaluate the possibility of leaks in the system.

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AS1851 Hydrant Testing

While similar to the previous test, this aims to evaluate the integrity of installed pipework and how well it holds underwater pressure. We will use a test pressure that is 50% more than the working pressure measured from the highest hydrant.


The purpose of this test is to verify that any replaced components in the piping system can withstand elevated water pressures which will be applied should a firefighting operator need it.


Street Main Testing: Flow And Pressure Snapshot

Unlike other available tests, street main testing offers developers, fire protection companies, and fire design teams an idea of the available flow and pressure in the prospective area. This data is critical to a clear vision of what the area is able to offer to emergency response teams.