How Much Does a Fire Hydrant Cost?
A fire hydrant is a very recognizable pipe that is connected to the city’s underground water supply. This fire hydrant will assist emergency crews in putting out fires by supplying water to the hoses in a fire truck. While they are one of the most common things you see on the streets, fire hydrants are not something everyone thinks about on a daily basis. Whether you hit a fire hydrant with your car and you are responsible or you are thinking of having the city install one near your home, the cost of one will depend on the geographical location, the brand, and the features included.
How much is it?
- A fire hydrant can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $2,500, depending on the make and model of the specific unit. A smaller fire hydrant will cost less than a larger industrial model. This will not include the installation. If installation is required, it is going to depend on the location, whether or not there is an existing hydrant that is being replaced, the contractor, and distance from the city’s utilities. A fire hydrant with installation can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 on average.
- According to NasDaq.com, the average cost of a fire hydrant is $1,000 in Northern California.
- FireHydrant.org states that a good quality hydrant should cost around $1,000. By the time installation and labor is in place, the costs could soar up to $6,500.
What is going to be included?
- The fire hydrant is made up of a few unique components: the relief valve, cast iron dirt cap, and breaking ring. The relief valve provides temporary relief of the water system while being used. A cast iron dirt cap will be installed on the top so that no debris enters the unit and causes it to clog. The breaking ring, also known as the traffic flange, allows the hydrant to break off when hit by an object. Underneath, there is a drain valve underneath the ground. After the fire hydrant is used, this drain valve allows the hydrant to completely drain to ensure that no water is left behind. If water were to stay it could freeze in the winter and cause pipes to burst.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are buying the fire hydrant for a neighborhood, consider purchasing a unit that has a pressure activated rubber facing drain valve. This causes more positive closure of all valves during usage of the hydrant so no unnecessary water leaks out anywhere.
- Also, be sure you buy a unit that has a tamper resistant hose nozzle pumper adapter. Unfortunately, there are people who like to deface property, and this will protect one of the most important areas on your hydrant, which is where the fire hose will go in case of an emergency.
- If you hit the hydrant, the city may bill you for any lost water in addition to making you replace the fire hydrant.
- Annual maintenance for a city can run $5 to $25 per year, per hydrant.
- Digging up an existing fire hydrant can cost upwards of $2,500 to $4,000.
- If you want to have a hydrant near your home, the city may require you pay for a connection to the water and sewer, which can reach into the thousands. This will depend on the distance from the pipes.
Tips to know:
- Many people think that fire hydrants are 100% the city’s responsibility. However, if you are in a car accident and you hit a fire hydrant, you are legally responsible for the cost of replacing or fixing that unit. Be sure to call your car insurance company to see if your car damage is covered and what steps you need to take to pay for the hydrant damages. Do not just drive away. This could cost you more in fines in the long run, especially if someone else saw you in action and reported it to the authorities.
How can I save money?
- If you are interested in purchasing a fire hydrant, do your research and find the company that offers the best product for the money. Sometimes paying more is better when safety is involved.
- If you want a fire hydrant close to your home, check with the city to see what their codes are. You may be entitled to get one on the city’s bill as part of your taxes and insurance fees instead of having to pay for it yourself.
- If you are trying to replace a hydrant that has been damaged, make sure you ask about the current one getting repaired before you decide to pay for a complete replacement.
- While obvious, be cautious while driving. If you cannot see because of the weather, drive slower and be more aware of everything around you. The more careful you are in these types of situations, the less likely you are to hit things, like fire hydrants.