Crews have started the annual flushing and inspection of every fire hydrant in Strongsville.
Fire Chief Jack Draves said work started in Ward 3 and will progress throughout the city. Typically, hydrants in neighborhoods are done first before the crews move on to the main roads.
Maintenance of fire hydrants involves visual inspection for any damage, removing and checking of caps, cleaning and lubrication of all threaded outlets, checking for adequate water pressure as well as flowing water to clear out debris and sediment that has accumulated in the past year.
The crews record the operational status of each hydrant using an iPad and GPS software. If there are any minor deficiencies they will try to repair at that time, but if it is beyond their repair capabilities the department collects that data and then forwards the location and information to Cleveland Water Department for repairs. Hydrants not operational are marked with an orange disk in order to give quick visual identification to firefighters the hydrant is out of service and do not waste their time trying to use it during an emergency.
Residents are reminded that if they encounter rusty or discolored water flowing from the home faucets following this maintenance, they should run only the cold water for a few minutes until it clears. Areas immediately adjacent to fire hydrants also need to be kept clear of any obstructions, such as trees or shrubbery that could delay locating a fire hydrant in the event of a fire. Residents are also asked to call the fire department if they notice a hydrant that has been struck or that is leaking, so that repairs may be accomplished in a timely manner.