Whether you’re a new build, converted space or for any other building type, you might find yourself in the place where you need to connect your newly installed pipework to the already existing mains network. While this may sound simple, a lot of water utility providers will not do this until you have provided proof that it will not have any issues with leakage.
This is when a hydrostatic pressure test can help you. Read on to find out more about hydrostatic pressure testing and why it is needed.
Hydrostatic Water Quality Testing
Before water providers will connect your pipework to the mains, they may ask for a hydrostatic pressure testing certificate with full data logging and analysis. This certificate will tell a provider that the structural integrity of the installation is sound and there are no signs of leakage.
Hydrostatic pressure testing will help to identify any incorrect pipe laying procedures during construction, which could cause a host of issues when connected to the mains. It will also find out if there have been any manufacturing defects in the production of any of the materials used, along with any physical damage that may have happened during the installation.
Hydrostatic pressure testing works by pressurising pipework up to 1.5 times its usual pressure. Once this is done the pipework is monitored for any change in pressure. A drop can indicate a leak is present, which will need to be repaired before the pipework can be connected to the mains. If the pressure remains steady, that means the pipework is watertight and can be connected to the mains. The test can take as little as 2 and up to 12 hours depending on the application and amount of pipework being tested.
Hydrostatic pressure is a very versatile test which can be used on mains, central heating, underfloor heating and all types of pipework. The test confirms that a vessel can safely hold the amount of pressure it is rated for, by increasing the pressure to a bit past what it will normally be tasked to do.
Pipework that has been pressure tested and passed easily is much less likely to have problems later on. Pipes should be retested every 3-5 years to see if any issues are developing.
Pipework Pressure Testing From H20 Comply Limited
If you’re trying to connect your new pipework to the mains and require hydrostatic pressure testing, get in touch today with H20 Comply Limited. Our fully compliant engineers are trained to complete pressure testing for you, and then will issue certification and a report detailing all the work that was carried out and the results of it.
It’s a proven method of testing pipework, so get in touch today on 0800 6893 462 to book hydrostatic pressure testing with us. We can also help with pipework cleaning and maintenance, visit our website now to find out more about the full range of services we offer.