TESTING APPLICATIONS: HYDRANT FLOW TESTING
Hydrant flow tests are conducted to determine water availability in planning for firefighting activities, fire sprinkler systems or domestic water demand. The tests are also useful in determining the general condition of the water distribution system by detecting closed valves or wall deposits. A well-maintained water system enables firefighters to extinguish flames and prevent large- scale damage or loss of life.
HOW OFTEN DO I TEST A HYDRANT?
- AWWA recommends flow testing all areas at least every 10 years. (AWWA M17).
- NFPA requires flow testing of underground and exposed piping at least once every 5 years (NFPA 291)
WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON HYDRANT FLOW TESTING?
- NFPA 291 — Recommended practice for fire flow testing and marking of hydrants
- AWWA Manual 17 — Installation, field testing, and maintenance of fire hydrants
- The Hose Monster Company Catalog — Section on Fire Flow Testing includes how-to instructions and more
- Hydrant Flow Test Calculator — Calculates the rated capacity at 20 psi for a fire flow test.
- FAQs on Hydrant Flow Testing
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Our recommended setup for hydrant flow testing includes everything you need for performing a hydrant flow test from the 2.5″ Hydrant port with the Little Hose Monster™. Components fit neatly into a die-cut, closed cell case with wheels and telescoping handle for easy transportation. A 10′ hose is carried outside the case.
Our recommended setup for hydrant flow testing through the hydrant pumper port (4.5″ NH) with the BigBoy Hose Monster. This setup is ideal for high-flowing hydrants. Hose is also available with 4″ NH or 5″ STORZ connections