If there’s an emergency and your home is on fire, then you want the fire hydrants that are nearby to work as they should. When someone from the fire department conducts a fire hydrant flow test, there are a few tips to keep in mind that can keep the process short while learning all of the details that are important about the system.
Keep the area around the fire hydrant free of anything that could get damaged from the flow and to prevent any kind of blockage of the water. You’re testing the system to determine what the flow is from the hydrant and if there are any necessary steps that need to be taken to improve the flow. Many departments will conduct a test if they notice that there is a 25 percent or greater drop in the pressure of the system. Once the test is completed, the department can then examine where the weaknesses are and what needs to be changed by putting the details on a graph.
The test should be completed at a time when water use is normal and when there are no extraordinary events taking place in the area that would inhibit the flow of water. The test should also be conducted during a time when temperatures aren’t below freezing and aren’t extremely warm because this can sometimes impact the components that are used to pump water through the system. Although the middle of the day is a time when many people are at home, it’s at a time of the day when water consumption is usually at its lowest point and when there is the least amount of traffic on the road. The proper tools should be used when opening the hydrants and testing the flow of the water so that the best results are recorded.