Fire hydrants are everywhere. You may walk past a dozen different fire hydrants in a week, and yet we rarely stop to think about them. The only times fire hydrants cross our minds is when we make sure that we are not parked close enough to them to be ticketed. However, there is a lot that goes into the installation, care, maintenance, and replacement of fire hydrants.
Misconceptions About Fire Hydrants
People assume that every fire hydrant they see is in working order and has been built to last forever with no maintenance. In fact, most people could not begin to tell you what the basic maintenance of fire hydrants entails. If you have no idea how old your fire hydrant is, when it was last inspected or maintained, and actually are unsure if it even works still, an inspection is definitely in order. You don’t want to be caught in a dangerous emergency situation without a working fire hydrant. Your fire safety can depend on keeping on top of your fire hydrant.
What Happens To Fire Hydrants That Are Not Properly Maintained?
While many people assume fire hydrants last forever, this is just not true. From the moment a fire hydrant is first installed, it is vulnerable to rust. If not looked after, the caps may rust so tightly that they cannot be removed. Valves and joints on a fire hydrant can also develop pitting and blistering to such an extreme extent that they become unusable, which is bad news in times of emergency. A fire hydrant in this state of disrepair is often referred to as being “galded.” Hydrants in this condition can be extremely hard to open, or even have parts so rusted, corroded, or broken, that attempting to use them is not safe.
Biles Fire Protection Services is Here to Help
No matter your fire protection needs, Biles Fire Protection Services can design and install a system that will work for you. We are proud to offer top-notch customer service including fast response times, reliable support, and affordable prices. We are certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and have the knowledge and experience to create the right fire protection system for your home or business. To learn more about what we have to offer, give us a call at 443-701-8330, send us an email, or request a quote online.