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Be Sure To Shovel Around The Fire Hydrant!

When it snows enough and the plow comes along and creates a big pile on the side of the road, be sure to shovel around the fire hydrant!

Even if the hydrant isn't totally covered (which has happened in the past in our neighborhood) it should still be made available to the fire department in case it is needed.

In our neighborhood we always take a minute and make our hydrants available.

At least the ones near my house (hint)!

Ours are painted yellow.

But I have seen different neighborhoods do different things with painting them, perhaps from contests.

The hydrants are painted with designs, like Santa, a zebra, or a peppermint candy, or just different, bright colors.

But it doesn't matter the color.

When it snows, be sure to shovel around the fire hydrant!

My recommendation:  when it snows be sure to shovel around the fire hydrant! 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 33 commentsJay Markanich • February 18 2015 03:00AM

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Good morning, Jay Markanich that's very important advice....but, first and foremost, one must be able to find the fire hydrant!!!!!!!! we have 8' of snow and mounds higher than that....there are vehicles that are parked outside and literally buried until spring.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 4 years ago

I have the one across the street marked off with footsteps from a tree nearby Barbara.  I can always find it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Yes, keeping fire hydrants clear is key. Also mailboxes!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 4 years ago

I have had my mailbox buried too Kat!  While it is more regularly used than the fire hydrant, burying the mailbox isn't dangerous!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Morning Jay except for back in 1985 we haven't had enough snow to cover the hydrants.  We have been close but not in the last 10-15 years.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 4 years ago

Yes, another good safety tip.  And, let's hope the pipes don't freeze.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 4 years ago

Maybe not covered James, but still, easy access is important.

Debbie - I have never heard of fire hydrant water freezing, but it may be possible.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

This, knowing where your fire hydrant is located, is a matter of self preservation.

When buying a home, the insurance company will want to know the location of the nearest fire hydrant.  The closer to the house, the less the cost of hazard insurance. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Lenn - more recent neighborhoods have a fire hydrant every 50 yards.  I don't know if that's a current law.  But if needed, it's great to know exactly how to find it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. Ironically there was just a story on the news in my area about a home that burned beyond replacement because the firefighters had to shovel the hydrants out before addressing the fire.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Thank god for the snow blower or it would be a worse chore.

There are two others about a 1/4 mile that the neighbore do not do; I keep them up as well.

Saw yesterday a group of kids in town shoveled out quite a few as well.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

Wow Jay Markanich , that's something I have never thought about!  For fire trucks here, there is a reflective marker embedded in the street, in front of every hydrant.

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) almost 4 years ago

Sheila - it's one of those things you don't think about until you have to think about it.

Good for them Raymond!  When it snowed when I was a kid I went around trying to make money, but never once did I think about the fire hydrant!

Bruce - no such markers here!  But if there's ice or snow they might not be visible.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

I have always wondered why the hydrants do not freeze from the cold Jay. Having them cleared for use is important.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 4 years ago

Tom - I would guess the thickness of the metal and the depth of the pipes.  That depth obviously changes climate to climate.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

I have seen the snow piled up so high that I wondered if there were any cars buried in them! I'm sure the hydrants get covered all the time!

I have heard that a black painted hydrant means there is not sufficient water volume for Fire Department use.

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

We had that a couple of years ago Fred!  And as to the black, probably only in the goth neighborhoods.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Thanks for the reminder, Jay. I have one near me that I should remember to dig out.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

We never get enough snow to warrant shoveling around the fire hydrant but I can see where this would be problematic.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay Markanich  Caught this  on Chris Ann Cleland  re blog so glad she did because is is an excellent post . When will Spring be here so so cold

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 3 years ago

Get on it Chris Ann!  In-progress photos please.  Gracias for the reblog, by the way!

They say never say never Tammie!  But I don't know who they are.

Hannah - the ground hog condemned us.  To paraphrase Shakespeare, kill all the ground hogs!  There, I hope that helps.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay- I'd never have thought of that!  And, yes, it is so important.  Isn't it interesting how we clear our sidewalks and driveways, and our mailboxes but the one item that, if you need it, you really want it to stick out.... we often forget about. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

And we are getting a bunch more snow here today and tonight Kathy!  I'll get right on it...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

What I learned

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

Thank you Kathy!  I look forward to it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I am glad that Kathy chose to feature this post this week...I missed the original...

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 3 years ago

So get started Kristin!  Photos please...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. I'm so glad that I don't have to worry about all those snow related issues in my Arizona market! I grew up in the snow in Michigan and I have no desire to go back.

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

Nicole - then the only alternative you have is to paint your hydrants.  I recommend peppermint swirls or Redskin colors.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Great advice Jay and thanks to Kathy I didn't miss it...

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 3 years ago

R&B - I'm glad you didn't!  We had more snow, and, what do you know, that very hydrant got shoveled again today!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay - this is a good reminder.  We have had severl public service announcement requesting folks shovel out the fire hydrants and so far people are taking this request seriously.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

I haven't heard any PSAs here Joan, but it doesn't matter.  We do it anyway.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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