As stipulated by the BC Fire code it is the responsibility of the land owner (for hydrants of privately owned property) or municipality to ensure every fire hydrant is in good working condition, accessible and undergoes an inspection every six months and after each use. We recommend both Spring and Fall Inspections.
Spring inspections are critical to ensure winter conditions did not cause any damage to the hydrants. During winter months hydrants are prone to rust and corrosion of the caps and threads. This often results in water accumulation which can lead to leakage or damage to the main value or plug the drain valve.
In preparation for the winter months to come it is key to ensure that the main valve in not leaking and the hydrant drains properly. Any standing water that would freeze as at the temperature drops could be catastrophic to the integrity of the hydrant.
Fire Hydrant Inspections include:
- A visual check for leaks, rusting and access
- Flow testing for adequate and sustained water pressure and proper drainage
- Painting the hydrant and colour coding
- Caps are in place, threads are not damaged and nozzle threads are lubricated
- Ensure isolation valve accessibility, operates properly and is left in the open position
We also provide digital detailed inspection reports for each hydrant including:
- Details of what was inspected and the findings
- Hydrant manufacturer and model
- Specific location of the hydrant and the branch
- Notes on any service that was performed
- Summary of any recommendations for further service
Fire Hydrant Overhaul and Replacement
If the hydrant is due for replacement or has undergone damage beyond repair we can provide full replacement services.