Testing Out the Waters with Various Hydrant Selections
When fitting your store out for a business, the last thing on your mind would probably be to install fire hydrants. After all, fire hydrants are those small red posts you see on the side of the road every few blocks, right?
Contrary to common knowledge, fire hydrants are more than just the small red posts you see fire fighters use to respond to emergency situations. They are also a worthwhile investment for your store. Hydrants are not only tools for emergency situations, but these can also be great alternative resources of water should you not have a readily available connection to a water line.
This is because fire hydrants are actually a part of the water main distribution system. Although traditionally used as an emergency source of water during fire crisis, fire hydrants also serve as a potential source of potable water for uses other than fighting fire.
Hydrant systems are often installed in commercial and densely populated areas as a safeguard against fire hazards. The connect and flip nature of fire hydrants makes it easy for anyone to simply attach a hose to the system and turn the valve to get water flowing. Hence, should you suffer the unfortunate case of a shut-off water supply or leaking pipes, fire hydrants and commercial hydrant systems make for great temporary sources of water supply to your store.
However, no one would want a small red hydrant inside their business establishment, would they? Imagine having a bright red fire hydrant inside a retail store for example. Not only would it take up so much space, but it would also cause an eyesore for browsing customers.
Thankfully, there are a few other business-friendly types of hydrant systems other than the classic small red post that we are so familiar with. Here they are and their typical uses.
Wall hydrants can be considered as an extension of a fire hydrant. These are above-ground pipefittings which are built within the walls of the building. The pipes itself are concealed underneath dry walls. The only visible part of a wall hydrant system is a small metallic housing that covers the nozzle, where you can attach a hose to acquire water, and a valve to open and close the water supply.
On the other hand, there are also exposed wall hydrants that are installed primarily for emergency use. Usually these are encased in glass cabinets lined with red frames. These glass cabinets usually come with the note: “in case of emergency, break glass”. These devices usually come with a built-in hose as well for easy access during fire emergencies.
These hydrants are usually found underneath floorboards or buried in the ground outdoors. Floor hydrants usually attach to water sprinkler systems if installed outdoors. Indoors, the pipe is connected through a hinged covered box which safeguards the system from wear and tear caused by foot traffic.
Since these types of hydrants are more prone to cooler temperatures, the water inside is pushed back all the way into the ground below the freezing line to prevent the pipes from being clogged with ice.
Roof hydrants usually attach to the sprinklers and have a connection with the smoke and fire alarm. These are usually installed overhead, and the pipes are concealed by the ceiling. These type of hydrant systems, aside from its use as an emergency water supply, may also be tapped for washing tall windows and cleaning condenser coils and cooling systems installed in the roof and other high places.
It is also important to note the different kinds of hydrants when it comes to their function. Hydrant systems are mostly color-coded to differentiate their various uses.
Red-colored hydrants are usually for emergency purposes only and are exclusive to fire fighters and rescue team use only.
White hydrants are considered as public hydrant systems as they supply water to most public-use utilities and are therefore mostly off-limits to commercial or personal use.
Yellow-labeled hydrants are the ones which can be used by private entities for business or precautionary means.
Lastly, purple-colored ones supply water which are not fit for human consumption as these come from non-treated water supplies such as rivers, lakes, or other natural sources of non-potable water.
Thus, having hydrant installed within your building does not only guarantee your safety and security in the event of a fire, but also, hydrants can serve you a multitude of other uses. Water really is fast becoming a scarce resource and having an alternative source stored within your reach is an investment that is not only wise but also cost-effective.
Should you need assistance in installing and choosing the right kind of hydrant system for your commercial premises, the Quick Fire & Plumbing Solutions team has experienced individuals who are willing to assist you with your safety needs.