5 Tips to Select the Right Fire Hydrant Valves
It is absolutely essential to have a fire hydrant functioning properly when it is needed. For the most part, a fire hydrant may not see any critical use in its lifetime, but in the event of a fire within the area, if the fire hydrant valves are seized, low quality, or have other problems associated with them, it can be a major problem. The longer it takes to get water flowing through the hydrant, the less opportunity fire crews have to battle a blaze nearby.
When shopping for fire hydrant valves, there are a number of things to keep in mind. First and foremost is quality. This is not the type of water system component that can or should be taken lightly. These fire hydrant valves are critical to fire suppression systems in most cities and towns throughout the world and the lower the quality, the more susceptible they will be to corrosion, and that can potentially cause major problems in the short and long-term aspect of the fire suppression systems.
Here are 5 tips that should help you choose the right fire hydrant valves for your department, city, or town.
Tip #1: Ensure that the valves meet various approval ratings.
At MAFCO, we have the highest quality fire hydrant valves and other fire safety and suppression equipment that not only meets a range of standards, but often exceeds them. The fire hydrant valves that we offer are approved by UL, FM, and Kitemark. Those should more than suffice for most regions around the world.
Tip #2: Make sure they will fit precisely on the hydrants you use.
There are many different measuring classifications with regard to sizing, and we offer fire hydrant valves that are fitted for German standard, American standard, British standard, and Japan standard. This will ensure the proper, secure fit to eliminate the risk of leaks and promote smooth operations.
Tip #3: Choose a company that tests each valve before delivery.
When you shop for smaller, lighter weight products at a local irrigation or other supply store, you might not get the opportunity to test them before leaving the store. With fire hydrant valves, you want to know that every component is in top condition and there will be no leaks.
At MAFCO, we test all valves before delivery for leakage, pressure, and more.
Tip #4: Guarantees are critical.
Fire hydrants need to work and function properly. At all times. We offer a guarantee for all of our materials designed specifically for fire hydrants. Our valves are either manufactured using casting brass or gunmetal.
Tip #5: Consider customization.
Not every hydrant is going to be standard, and you may prefer certain components to be used rather than others. MAFCO offers customization service that can focus on threaded parts, flange parts, or we can even change any aspect of the fire hydrant valve’s material to meet each and every preference of our clients.
Don’t take chances with second rate fire hydrant valves. You want and deserve the best and MAFCO offers that, and more.