Here's a list of frequently asked questions regarding our services.
How often should a fire hydrant be inspected?
Fire hydrants are required to be inspected annually, however; manufacturers suggest inspections be carried out twice annually.
What does the colour of my hydrant mean?
The overall colors of a hydrant from city to city can change. Generally, one color will indicate municipal-owned hydrants, and a second color will indicate privately owned hydrants. These colors are often bright colors such as; red, yellow, & green.
Why does the front cap or the top of the hydrant have a different color than the rest of the hydrant?
A Fire Hydrant's colour on the front cap or top is a way of communicating to the fire department what flow rate to expect from that particular hydrant. Red, Less than 500 GPM, Orange 500-999 GPM, Green 1,000-1,499 GPM, Light Blue 1,500 GPM & above.
How long does a hydrant flow for during an inspection?
Hydrants are flowed for 3 - 5 minutes or until the water runs clear.
What is the minimum flow rate required for a fire hydrant?
Hydrants are required to have a minimum flow rate of 500 GPM (Gallons Per Minute)
What colour should my private fire hydrant be?
Depending on the local municipal hydrant color in the area, private hydrants are usually painted Safety Red or Safety Yellow, using High-Visibility and UV resistant paint.
What should I do if a fire hydrant is permanently inoperable?
Permanently Inoperable Hydrants should be removed.
What is the standard flushing velocity?
Standard flushing velocities are 0.3 m/sec. Uni-Directional Flushing has an optimal flushing velocity of 1.5 m/sec, this will achieve proper scouring of the pipes.
How often should I conduct Uni-Directional Flushing testing?
PVC lines require Uni-Directional Flushing (UDF) to be completed every 4 years. Cast Iron pipes require UDF to be completed annually.
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