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Testing

Group 3 Copy 3 Apparatus Fire Pump Testing

The apparatus fire pump test is conducted on pumps found in fire engines, trucks and water tenders. It can be performed using water drawn from a fire hydrant or from a draft source, such as a drafting pit, lake or river.

How often do I test a fire pump apparatus pump?

Annually. According to NFPA 1911, “Service tests are conducted at least annually and whenever major repairs or modification to the pump or its components have been made.”

Where do I find more information on apparatus fire pumps?

NFPA 1911, Chapter 18: Performance testing of apparatus fire pumps

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NFPA 1911, Annex B: Conducting pump tests

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What equipment do I need?
View the Hose Monster in-line 2.5 inch pitotless nozzle connection for hoses available for purchase here.
In-line pitotless nozzle bundle, 2½″

This kit includes all three sizes of the In-Line Pitotless Nozzle Kit, capable of measuring 90 GPM to 1400 GPM.

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Fire departments can use the Little Hose Monster fire pump tester to test the water flow by Hose Monster.
Little Hose Monster bundle

This kit includes the Little Hose Monster and the required components for measuring flow-rate. Includes Little Hose Monster, your choice of Pitotless Nozzle size, Gauge, and Remote Reader assembled in a custom padded case.

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Group 3 Copy 3 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

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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

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Hydrant Flow Test Calculator — Calculates the rated capacity at 20 psi for a fire flow test.

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FAQs on Hydrant Flow Testing

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What equipment do I need?
Find information and purchase the Hose Monster hydrant flow testing building available here.
Hydrant Flow Testing Bundle, Little Hose Monster

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.

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View details and purchase the Hose Monster BigBoy hydrant flow testing bundle available here.
Hydrant Flow Testing Bundle, BigBoy Hose Monster

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.

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Group 3 Copy 3 Fire Pump Testing

Fire pumps provide water supply to fire sprinkler systems where the water supply pressure is too low or nonexistent. The field acceptance test is conducted on newly installed pumps and demonstrates that all the fire pump unit components perform according to manufacturers’ specifications as well as proving that the water supply is adequate. The annual fire pump flow test can identify deterioration of the fire pump or impairments to the water supply.

How often do I test a fire pump?

According to NFPA, fire pumps are flow tested after initial installation according to the field acceptance test procedure (NFPA 20). Thereafter, the annual fire pump test is performed (NFPA 25).

The Hose Monster® fire pump test system

The Hose Monster will make your job of testing pumps safe, simple and accurate. Because of the unique thrust-canceling design of the Hose Monster, tests can be conducted on an established lawn or a gravel surface without causing damage. The Hose Monsters are FM Approved.

Software for Fire Pump Teesting

Fire Pump Tester Software (FPT) allows fire protection contractors, fire protection engineers, and building managers to collect fire pump test data in a professional and comprehensive format. FPT eliminates the need for users to perform complicated tasks such as calculating flow rates, calculating performance-corrected flow, and graphing flow curves. The user just enters their data, and the program performs all the hard work.

Where do I find more information on fire pumps?

NFPA 20 — Installation of pumps, field acceptance test, hose valves

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NFPA 25 — Maintenance of pumps, annual tests

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Hose Monster offers customers needing water regulation systems resources such as various information downloads.

The Hose Monster Company Application Catalog — Fire Pump Testing

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FAQS on Fire Pump Testing

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What equipment do I need?
View the details for Hose Monster's fire pump testing bundle available for purchase here.
Fire Pump Testing Bundles

Choose a bundle to test up to a 750, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, or 4000 GPM pump.

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Group 3 Copy 3 Standpipe and PRV Testing

A standpipe is the vertical piping that connects fire sprinkler systems and hose stations between multiple floors. It is common to see standpipes in stairwells of high-rise buildings. A rooftop standpipe test verifies the water supply, pump and piping at the topmost part of the system is accurate.

In the past, the only way to perform rooftop standpipe tests was with playpipes and hand-held pitots. Safely securing playpipes and controlling discharge water to avoid interfering with pedestrian and vehicle traffic was a significant challenge, typically requiring that testing be in the early morning hours. The introduction of the Hose Monster® line of equipment changed all that. The Hose Monster neutralizes the dangerous thrust and controls discharge water on the rooftop while minimizing hazards to pedestrians and property below.

In some cases, discharging the water can be a challenge since you may be in a stairwell or basement. The In-Line Pitotless Nozzle™ can take flow-rate measurements at the valve, allowing you to run hose or piping to a drain or down several flights of stairs.

HOW OFTEN DO I TEST A STANDPIPE OR PRV?

Every five years. According to NFPA 25, “A flow test shall be conducted every five years at the hydraulically most remote hose connections of each zone of an automatic standpipe system to verify the water supply still provides the design pressure at the required flows.”

WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON STANDPIPES AND PRVs?

NFPA 25, Chapter 6 — Inspection, testing and maintenance of standpipe and hose systems

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NFPA 14 — Installation of standpipes and hose systems

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Hose Monster offers customers needing water regulation systems resources such as various information downloads.

Application Catalog: Standpipe & PRV Testing

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What equipment do I need?
Hose Monster offers a convenient In-line Pitotless Nozzle Bundle with 2.5 Inch Connection with Three Nozzle Sizes.
In-line Pitotless Nozzle Bundle, 2½″ Connection

This bundle includes all three sizes of In-line Pitotless Nozzles, capable of measuring 80 GPM to 1380 GPM.

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View the Hose Monster in-line 2.5 inch pitotless nozzle connection for hoses available for purchase here.
In-line Pitotless Nozzle, 2½″ Connection

Use the In-Line Pitotless Nozzle™ for flow testing standpipes and PRV’s from 2½″ diameter connections such as standpipes or valves. The device is perfect for measuring flow rates where job conditions do not allow water discharge, such as stairwells or rooftops. Select either a 2″, 1¾″, or 1⅛″ Pitotless Nozzle, based on your desired flow range.

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Hose Monster offers this 1.5 inch pitotless nozzle connection for hoses and use by fire departments.
In-line Pitotless Nozzle, 1½″ Connection

Use the 1½″ Inline Pitotless Nozzle™ for flow testing from 1½″ diameter connections such as hose cabinets, standpipes, or valves. Measures flows from 45 to 301 GPM.

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Flushing

Group 3 Copy 3 Conventional Hydrant Flushing

Conventional flushing is the practice of simply opening one or more fire hydrants and allowing the water to run until sediment or poor-quality water is removed. Conventional flushing differs from unidirectional flushing in that no valves are closed to increase the velocity of water through the mains, making it less effective at cleaning the mains. Hydrant flushing differs from Hydrant Flow Testing because conventional flushing does not require any flow-rate measurements and does not measure water supply. Hydrant flushing is part of the hydrant’s annual maintenance procedure described in NFPA 25 and AWWA M17.

HOW OFTEN DO I FLUSH HYDRANTS?

NFPA 25 requires all hydrants be fully opened and given an inspection on an annual basis. Flow and pressure readings are not required during this annual inspection.

WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON HYDRANT FLUSHING?

NFPA 25, – Private Fire Service Mains

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AWWA M17 – Fire Hydrant Maintenance

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What equipment do I need?
Fire departments can use the Little Hose Monster fire pump tester to test the water flow by Hose Monster.
LITTLE HOSE MONSTER

Its benefits are its light weight (only 6 pounds) and low price. If using this option, a Flushing Nozzle (FN) is also needed.

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2.5 inch wide Hose Monster flusher comes with a built-in pitot for hydrant and water main flushing.
2 ½″ HOSE MONSTER FLUSHER

This model is the same as a regular 2 ½″ Hose Monster except that it does not have a pitot installed. A pitot kit can always be purchased and installed later if you decide to take pressure readings.

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Hose Monster provides the BigBoy water flow tester to test the pressure of water mains of all kinds available here.
BIGBOY HOSE MONSTER

For flowing from pumper port. It is larger and flows more water.

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Flushing Nozzle

The Flushing Nozzle works with the Little Hose Monster™ and is ideal if you only need to perform flushing and do not need to measure flow-rate. It is a cost-effective substitute for the Pitotless Nozzle™.

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Group 3 Copy 3 Unidirectional Flushing

Unidirectional flushing is the process of cleaning the water mains of a water distribution system by flowing water in one direction through the mains. This is accomplished by closing specified valves and by flushing strategically located hydrants. By closing specified valves, the velocity of water through the mains is increased. The main purpose of unidirectional flushing is to improve water quality within the distribution system. It is generally considered to be more effective at removing sediments than conventional flushing and also uses less water.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

AWWA Maintaining Water Distribution-System Quality

AWWA Research Foundation — Investigation of Pipe Cleaning Methods

What equipment do I need?
Find information and purchase the Hose Monster hydrant flow testing building available here.
HYDRANT FLOW TESTING BUNDLE, LITTLE HOSE MONSTER

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.

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View details and purchase the Hose Monster BigBoy hydrant flow testing bundle available here.
HYDRANT FLOW TESTING BUNDLE, BIGBOY HOSE MONSTER

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.

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Dechlorination

Group 3 Copy 3 Dechlorination

When chlorinated water is discharged in a flow test, it can drain into lakes, rivers and streams and harm aquatic life. According to AWWA, “Water released into the environment shall meet the applicable federal, state, provincial or local regulatory agency’s residual chlorine limit.” Your authority-having jurisdiction provides dechlorination requirements.

How does it work?

A portion of the water flowing through the Dechlor Demon™ is diverted through the bypass into a mixing tank, where it is combined with a concentrated dechlorinating agent. The bypass flow is controlled by a precision indicating valve. The concentrate is reintroduced into the Dechlor Demon and hose, where it continues to mix with the flowing water. The chlorine is neutralized by the time it exits the hose.

WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON DECHLORINATION?

ANSI/AWWA C655-09 standard for field dechlorination

Product Manual for Dechlor Demon

What equipment do I need?
Neutralize effects of chlorine during flow tests with the Hose Monster 2.5 inch Dechlor Demon Assembly.
2½″ DECHLOR DEMON ASSEMBLY

Ideal for neutralizing chlorine in water, during testing or flushing a hydrant though a 2½″ connection without affecting flow test results or adding stress to hydrant nozzles.

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Neutralize effects of chlorine during flow tests with the Hose Monster 2.5 inch Dechlor Demon Assembly.
4″ DECHLOR DEMON ASSEMBLY

Ideal for neutralizing chlorine in water, during testing or flushing a hydrant though a 4″ connection without affecting flow test results or adding stress to hydrant nozzles.

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Neutralize effects of chlorine during flow tests with the Hose Monster 2.5 inch Dechlor Demon Assembly.
4 ½″ DECHLOR DEMON ASSEMBLY

Ideal for neutralizing chlorine in water, during testing or flushing a hydrant though a 4 ½″ connection without affecting flow test results or adding stress to hydrant nozzles.

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Neutralize effects of chlorine during flow tests with the Hose Monster 2.5 inch Dechlor Demon Assembly.
DECHLORINATION AGENT

It is recommend to use a sodium sulfite or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) based agent for dechlorination.

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Hose Monster's BigBoy water pressure testing device with valve for testing water systems.