Worldwide Foam Testing Service

We know it’s not always easy to access a local, reputable and proven Foam Test Laboratory – that's why we’ve introduced our Worldwide Foam Testing Service! 

Now, no matter where you are in the world*, you can have your Foam Concentrate and Produced Foams tested by our leading, independent Foam Test Laboratory. Based in the UK, with over 30 years’ experience serving the Fire Fighting Industry, we bring local services & expertise direct to your doorstep!

We have two packages available, both designed to meet all your Foam Testing needs and provide you with a flexible, reliable and easy-to-use Foam Testing Service.

Select the foam testing package that works best for you...

 

Full Service Package

  

    

Testing Only Package

  

    

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We send you everything you need to take your foam samples, organise delivery back to our lab & test your foam!  

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Package Includes:
  • Foam Sampling Pack sent to you
  • Sample Collection Service when your samples are ready
  • Testing Service & Report
     

If you have your own sampling bottles and are happy to arrange your own transport, simply order our Testing Only package today!

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Package Includes:
  • Testing Service & Report
     

If you need more than four tests, or you're not sure which package to choose, or what tests you need - just complete our simple Quote Request form and we'll get back to you asap!

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Order your Full Service Package

      Order your Testing Only Package       Quote me  

* Some exclusions may apply: for full details on the countries we offer services to, please contact us by clicking here.

Further details on the different packages & services we offer ...


Full Service

Form  

Step 1:

Buy our Full Service Package online, wherever you are in the world.

 
Box  

Step 2:

We'll send you your Free Foam Sampling Pack, containing full instructions on how to take your sample along with bottles and labels.

 
Mail  

Step 3:

It's quick and easy to let us know when your samples are ready - we organise the rest, ensuring your samples are delivered to our lab as quickly as possible.

 
Certificate  

Step 4:

Your report will be emailed to you within 5 working days of receiving your samples -        or 1 working day if you have chosen our priority service!

 

Benefits:

  • No hassle: With our Full Service Package all you have to do is take your samples and we do the rest – allowing you to get on with everything else you need to do!
  • We collect: We send you everything you need to take your samples, then collect them when ready! Shipping your samples direct to our laboratory, we save you the trouble of organising and coordinating shipments.
  • Reliable: Using trusted international couriers, coupled with our over thirty years’ experience of foam testing, ours is a service you can rely on!  

Ideal for:

  • Anyone new to Foam Testing: we help to ensure that you can take the right samples first time.
  • Anyone short on time: we take the hassle out of coordinating and booking shipment of your samples.
  • Anyone based in remote locations: we bring our tested and proven laboratory services direct to you.
  • Anyone having problems with their foam: we provide everything you need to ensure your foam is tested as quickly as possible.
 
   

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Testing Only

Form  

Step 1:

Buy our Testing Only Package online, wherever you are in the world.

 
Mail  

Step 2:

When you're ready, take your samples using your own bottles, parcel them up and send them to us - our useful online resources can help you every step of the way.

 
Certificate  

Step 3:

Your report will be emailed to you within 5 working days of receiving your samples -            or 1 working day if you have chosen our priority service!

 

Benefits:

  • Quick: As you send back the samples and supply your own bottles, you can send the samples whenever they are ready.
  • Flexible: Simply take your samples using your own bottles and return your samples whenever you’re ready.
  • Economical: Pay for Testing Only – you organise your own shipping.

Ideal for:

  • Anyone experienced with taking Foam Test Samples: for those who have done this before and don't need extra help, this is the service for you!
  • Anyone who has access to test bottles, labels and shipping facilities etc.: if you don't need them, we don't need to supply them.
  • Anyone who needs emergency testing: as you don’t need to wait for your Foam Sampling Pack to arrive, simply send your samples as soon as they are ready.
 

 

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Quote Me

Form  

Step 1:

Complete our online Quote Request Form and we'll send you a bespoke quotation, normally within 2 working days.

 
Mail  

Step 2:

 Once you're happy with the quotation, let us know and we'll get your order started.  
Certificate  

Step 3:

Your report will be emailed to you within 5 working days of receiving your samples -        or 1 working day if you have chosen our priority service!

 

Benefits:

  • Flexible: You’re totally in charge of what testing you need, what service you require and how many tests you need.
  • Bespoke: We’ll quote you our best possible rate, whether it’s for one test or one hundred.
  • Choice of payment: if you don’t want to pay online, we can set up an account or offer Pro Forma invoicing options.

Ideal for:

  • Anyone looking to purchase more than four tests at a time: the "Quote Me" option is perfect for those looking for volume purchases.
  • Anyone new to Foam Testing: if you're unsure where to start and even what test you need, our experienced Lab Staff can advise the best options for you.
  • Anyone having problems with their foam: we can discuss what you need and devise a bespoke testing plan for you around your needs.

What samples are needed to allow us to test your foam?


Foam Concentrate Testing:

For each Foam Concentrate Test, please provide at least:

 Foam Concentrate3

  • 1 Litre of Foam Concentrate

 


Produced Foam Testing:

For each Produced Foam Test, please provide at least:

  Foam Concentrate4    water2   Produced2
  
  • 1 Litre of Foam Concentrate
 
  • 1 Litre of Induction Water
  
  • 0.5 Litre of Produced Foam

 

 

Why do you need to test your foam?


Modern, high quality foam concentrates are very stable, and are excellent candidates for long term storage with minimal or no effects on performance.

Most reputable foam concentrate manufacturers offer at least a 10 year life for products correctly stored, and in original containers with the manufacturer's seal still intact (i.e. unopened). However, the performance of a fire fighting foam concentrate can be compromised by the following factors:

  • Dilution
  
  • Contamination
  • Extremes of temperature
 
  • System failure

For these reasons, annual testing is essential and is in fact recommended by many international standards such as BS 5306, UKOOA/HSE or NFPA 11 who state:

   

"At least annually, an inspection shall be made of foam concentrates... for evidence of excessive sludging or deterioration.    

Sample of concentrates shall be sent to the manufacturer or qualified laboratory for quality condition testing."

NFPA 11, 2010 Edition, 12.6.1 and 12.6.2

We provide two types of foam testing: Foam Concentrate and Produced Foam testing.


Foam Concentrate testing

Foam Concentrates are the preferred extinguishing medium for many flammable liquid risks and it is therefore vital that the foam performs when it is required, at any stage of its operational life.  Modern, high quality Foam Concentrates are very stable, and are excellent candidates for long term storage with minimal, or no effects on performance.

The purpose of a Foam Concentrate Test is to evaluate if the sample of Foam Concentrate is in satisfactory condition and most importantly, confirm whether the foam is still within the manufacturer's specifications. The concentrate sample will be tested for the following physical characteristics:

  • Appearance (visual)
  • Specific Gravity (ratio of density to water)
  • pH (according to international standards BS EN 1568 and BS 1647)
  • Viscosity
  • Surface Tension (according to international standard ASTM D-971)
  • Sedimentation
  • Freeze Point
  • Expansion (according to international standards BS EN 1568 G and NFPA 11 Annex D)
  • 25% Drainage (according to international standards BS EN 1568 G and NFPA 11 Annex D)

Samples required:

For each Foam Concentrate Test Report, please provide at least:

  • 1 litre of foam concentrate
CONCENTRATE

 


Produced Foam testing

The purpose of a Produced Foam Test is to determinate the suitability and accuracy of a Foam System's proportioning and induction equipment.

Each Produced Foam Test Report shows the calculated % induction obtained from the sample of Produced Foam provided. This result is compared against international Foam Standards NFPA 11 and BS 5306.

To give you a true representation of the health of your entire Foam System, it is highly recommended that both the Produced Foam & the Foam Concentrate should be tested at the same time, to find out more information on why this is recommended, please click here.

Samples required:

For each Produced Foam Test Report, please provide at least:

  • 1 litre of foam concentrate
  • 1 litre of Induction water
  • 0.5 litre of produced foam
PRODUCED CONC  PRODUCED WATER  PRODUCED FOAM

For more details on the different type of foam testing and what is involved, please click here.


How to take Foam Samples


Sampling Foam Concentrate from a tank:

If a foam concentrate is contaminated or degraded, samples taken from the top and bottom of a storage tank are likely to have different physical properties. For this reason, we recommend concentrates should not be circulated prior to sampling.

Normally, two samples per storage tank are taken

  • One sample from the bottom (1 litre)
  • One sample from the top (1 litre)

If you have access to a tank sampling jar with removable bung, we recommend taking an additional 1 Litre sample from the middle of the tank.

The contents of a tank should not be circulated where dilution or contamination of the concentrate is suspected to have occurred. We also recommend that the tank is labelled with "Awaiting Foam Test Results" and the date that the sample was taken.

NB: it is important that sludge, sediment, rust, scale, etc is removed before collection of the bottom sample. To do this draw off at least 5-10 litres of product before taking a sample.

Once the samples have been taken, the tank should not be circulated until the samples have been tested and the results obtained. However, if it is only possible to take one sample, then circulate the tank to obtain a "composite sample" prior to taking a 1 litre sample.

Taking a Foam Concentrate Sample from the bottom of a tank

When taking a sample from the bottom of a foam storage tank, it is important that any sludge, sediment, rust, scale, etc is removed before collection of the sample. To do this, draw off at least 5-10 litres of product before taking a sample.

Sampling Foam Concentrate from a drum

  • Take a 1 litre sample from the top of the drum
  • Vigorously shake the drum and take an additional 1 litre sample

Sampling a Produced Foam sample:

Before taking a sample, activate the foam system long enough to remove standing columns of water (which otherwise would contribute to a diluted produced foam sample), and sample when the system is in equilibrium.

Collecting samples from nozzles, monitors & overhead sprinklers:

  • Collect sample from the point of impact in the discharge area.

Collecting samples from Foam Pourers:

  • Insert sample container into the edge of produced foam stream and take a sample.

How often should I test my foam?

As recommended by international standards such as NFPA 11, BS EN 13565-2:2009 and BS 5306, foam concentrates should be inspected and tested at least annually as part of your fire fighting foam maintenance programme.

What kind of foam concentrate can you test?

We can test virtually any type of Foam Concentrate or Produced Foam, including:

  • AFFF
  • AR-AFFF
  • FP
  • FFFP
  • AR-FFFP
  • HI-EX
  • Class A
  • F3
 

What kind of Foam Testing Services do we offer?

We offer three types of Foam Testing:

  • Foam Concentrate Testing
  • Produced Foam Testing
  • IMO Foam Testing

What are the differences between Foam Concentrate, Produced Foam and IMO Testing?

Foam Concentrate Testing

The purpose of a Foam Concentrate Test Report is to evaluate if the sample of Foam Concentrate tested is in satisfactory condition and, most importantly, to confirm whether the foam remains within the manufacturer's specification from when it was first manufactured.

Produced Foam Testing

The purpose of a Produced Foam Test Report is to determinate the suitability and accuracy of a Foam System's proportioning and induction equipment and whether it is working and being operated properly.

IMO Foam Concentrate Testing

IMO Foam Concentrate Testing is similar to our standard Foam Concentrate Test in that it evaluates if the sample of Foam Concentrate is in satisfactory condition.  However, it also evaluates some additional properties and is carried out according to the exact specifications stated in IMO Standard IMO MSC.1 / Circ. 1312, designed for Marine Vessels.

For further details on all three types of testing, please click here.

What samples do I need to provide to get my foam tested?

It depends what kind of foam testing you require!


Foam Concentrate Testing:

For each Foam Concentrate Test, please provide at least:

 Foam Concentrate3

  • 1 Litre of Foam Concentrate

 


Produced Foam Testing:

For each Produced Foam Test, please provide at least:

  Foam Concentrate4    water2   Produced2
  
  • 1 Litre of Foam Concentrate
 
  • 1 Litre of Induction Water
  
  • 0.5 Litre of Produced Foam

 

How do I label my foam sample bottles?

Please make sure each sample is labelled with the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Order Reference / Purchase Order Number (provided on Order Confirmation)
  • Sample source , eg truck, tank, port, ship, rig, etc.
  • Concentration, eg 1%
  • Type of foam concentrate, eg AFFF
  • Sample location point, eg top, middle, bottom or mix
  • Foam manufacturer
  • Date of sample collection

We provide blank sample bottle lables for you to download as part of our Resources page, please click here to access them.

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Please note: if you choose our Full Service Package - we will send you a Free Foam Sampling Kit which has all the bottles (pre-labelled) ready for you to sample and fill in - so no need to find your own bottles and print out labels. To order our Full Service Package, please click here.

Where should I return my samples?

Once your samples are taken, labelled and boxed up, please return them to us for testing to:

C/O: Foam Testing Laboratory

Oil Technics (Fire Fighting Products) Ltd

Linton Business Park

Gourdon

Aberdeenshire

Scotland

UK  DD10 0NH

Please note: if you choose our Full Service Package - we will arrange collection and delivery of your samples to our laboratory, so you don't need to worry about organising any shipping.  To order our Full Service Package, please click here.

How quickly will I receive my report?

  • Once we receive your samples and have checked everything is in order, we will test them and send your report(s) within 5 working days - or within 1 working day* if you’ve chosen our priority service.
  • Your report will be emailed to you and a hard copy posted, if requested.

 

 * Please note: our 'Express 1 Day Testing Service' begins once samples have been received and accepted into the lab as having everything required to perform the test(s).

I need my foam tested quickly - can you help?

Yes we can!

If you're in a hurry, choose our Express 1 Day Testing Service. Your test will be done and your report sent to you within 1 day* of receipt of your sample.

For our UK North Sea customers, in the event of an emergency we offer heliport collection and same day testing.

 

* Please note: our 'Express 1 Day Testing Service' begins once samples have been received and accepted into the lab as having everything required to perform the test(s).

I have chosen the Full Service Package - how do my samples get collected?

If you have chosen our Full Testing Service Package, we will organise the collection of your samples once they are ready.  Using the link in the emails you'll receive after you've placed your order, or by clicking here, simply let us know when your samples are ready for collection and we'll take care of the rest, making sure to coordinate with you and let you know what date the samples will be collected and when they are expected to be at our laboratory etc.

If you have chosen our Testing Only Package, please send your samples to us using your own courier or preferred despatch method.

What's included in the Foam Sampling Packs?

Each Foam Sampling Pack contains:

  • 1 Litre Sample Bottles - sturdy bottles to keep your samples safe
  • Sample Bottle Labels - to ensure your samples are labelled with the correct information
  • Sealing Bags - extra protection to minimise leakage
  • Permanent Marker Pen - to ensure you can fill the bottle labels in quickly and easily
  • Instruction Leaflet - detailed information on taking, labelling and returning your samples
  • Sample Return Form - a checklist helping to ensure you send us all we need
  • Addressed Mailing Bag - to keep everything secure and make it easy for you to get them back to us
  • Shipping Documentation - all the details required for problem free shipping

 

The number of bottles included depends on the type of testing ordered:

  • Foam Concentrate Test - 1 sample bottle (we require 1 Litre of Foam Concentrate)
  • Produced Foam Test - 3 sample bottles (we require 1 Litre of Foam Concentrate, 1 Litre of Induction Water and 0.5 Litres of Produced Foam)
  • IMO Foam Concentrate Test - 2 sample bottle (we require 2 Litres of Foam Concentrate)

 

 

 

Can I see an example of a foam test report?

To download worked examples of our different types of Foam Test Reports, please click on the links below:

Foam Concentrate Test Report

 

Produced Foam Test Report

Foam Concentrate Test Report Example

   

Produced Foam Test Report example

My question hasn't been answered!

For more of our Frequently Answered Questions, please see our general site FAQ section here - and if what you need to know still hasn't been covered, please feel free to contact us and we'll do our best to help!


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