Fire Hydrant Setup

Where fire hydrants are located on private property the responsibility for maintenance is with the owner, occupier or operator of the site. Typical examples of sites where this would be applicable are hospitals, university campuses, large warehouse & distribution sites, retail parks, private industrial estates, major manufacturing facilities etc. Underground hydrants require regular inspection and occasional maintenance to ensure that they will work in an emergency. Since 1989, it has been the responsibility of a building’s owner / occupier to keep its hydrant systems in working order.

Project Challenges

As per NFPA 25, our inspection procedure includes the following:

  • Accessibility.
  • Inspect for leaks in outlets or at top of hydrant.
  • Assess condition of gaskets and other parts.
  • Inspect for cracks in hydrant barrel.
  • Inspect for tightness of outlets.
  • Inspect for worn nozzle threads.
  • Inspect for worn hydrant operating nut.
  • Check availability of operating wrench.

How We Solved Them

In addition to the inspection, a flow test is performed using the accepted methods by the local jurisdiction, including environmental safeguards. The test includes:

  • Opening the hydrant fully to ensure ease of operation.
  • Flush the hydrant.
  • Verify static, residual and flow pressure using static and Pitot gauges.
  • Provide written report of the test on approved forms.