When relocating an existing fire hydrant or having a new hydrant installed it requires extreme precision and expertise. The DEP has a detailed set of rules and regulations that the contractor must follow under the supervision of a DEP inspector. Along with these regulations, there is a process that all property owners must follow before receiving a formal approval from DEP.
What is the first step?
The first step is to complete the “requirements and Procedures” checklist including several items the property owner must provide to DEP. This checklist is obtained from the DEP hydrant division. A few of the items included on the checklist are photos of the location, a formal letter of request, consent from adjacent property owner, contractors affidavit, approval from FDNY, DOT street opening permit, plumbing contractor’s license etc.
Once all of the required documents have been submitted by the homeowner to DEP, they will be reviewed and issued a formal notice to proceed. This documentation will give a detailed report covering all steps that the homeowner and the licensed plumber must take before installing the water main.
Each hydrant installation or relocation differs from the next, it is important for the plumber to review all details included in the notice to proceed as each line item may have an impact on the overall cost.
Installing a new fire hydrant
When a new hydrant is installed a portion of the NYC water main is removed to prepare for a new connection feeding the fire hydrant. When a section of the city water main is removed a tee (AKA three-way connection) is installed for the new section of piping that will feed water to your new hydrant.
Unlike water main or sewer installations, there is a DEP inspector on site for the entire project from the initial excavation, to the DEP approved sand used to backfill around the piping and hydrant. Along with the hydrant and tee connection, a control valve is installed in the roadway and is usually located directly in front of the hydrant. This allows the city to perform any maintenance on the hydrant without having to shut off the water for an entire neighborhood.
The new hydrant is installed above a drain base and stone which serves as a form of drainage when the hydrant is closed. Once the hydrant is closed all of the water on the inside is drained to avoid it from freezing over the winter months.
Re-locating an existing hydrant
Relocating a new hydrant within 18’ of the existing hydrant is a similar process to the new hydrant installation. In most cases the contractor is not required to remove a section of the city main and if the existing hydrant shut off is functioning, it may be re-used.
In this case the hydrant control valve is closed and the contractor will excavate from this point, down the sidewalk to the location of the new hydrant. These details may vary pending the steps included in the DEP approved paperwork.Once the new hydrant is installed the installation of the fenders and final restoration of the concrete are completed and inspected by DEP.
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18:27 05 Feb 19
Recently used Harris Sewer after my insurance company denied a claim for my broken sewer. They claimed the pipe was back pitched and not covered under warranty. I received several estimates from private firms who were all trying to either sell me an entire new sewer or trying to charge me an exorbitant amount of money.Finally I was referred to Harris who advised that they could repair just a section of the pipe if we were able to identify where the back pitch was located which was later provided by the insurance company.Long story short, the work was completed with a DEP inspection and all in one day. Thank you Harris Sewer!read more
01:32 05 Feb 19
I was on the brink of disaster two days ago when my water main cracked and water was leaking back into my house. I called Harris who calmly walked me through the process to completing the work and even better, had the worked completed the very same day. I really want to thank the entire staff for being so professional when I may have been excited and keeping composure. Thank you!!read more
23:01 23 Jan 19
Before I moved into my house in Brooklyn 5 years ago, the inspector advised me to replace the sewer and water lines going from the street to the house. (At that time, it still had the original lead water pipe from 1902, when the house was built!) I'm so glad that someone referred me to Harris. They did a most excellent, totally professional job. This is not one of those fly-by-night companies (so prevalent in Brooklyn) that are more intent on avoiding paying their business taxes than on doing a good job. It was amazing to see, but this company does this every day and they really know their stuff! I recommend them without reservation.read more
21:05 06 Jan 19
We had a broken sewer pipe. From the very beginning they were very professional. They came out and gave us a quote. They called to schedule a day for the job. They showed up on time and got the job done. They came back at a later date and repaved the road in front of our house. I was impressed when they followed up with a thank you for service and a copy of our full paid invoice. I did not expect this type of treatment. Usually after the job is done the consumer usually hears nothing from the business. Overall, I am satisfied with the job. I only pray that where they replaced will not have any future problems.read more
17:20 03 Jan 19
These guys were on point and worked on my property super quick. I had a main pipe coming from the street going into the property break down on a HOLIDAY 3 DAY WEEKEND. These guys filed for city permits asap and worked on my property efficiently. The whole team was very professional and courteous. If I ever need help again, I'll be reaching out to them for sure.read more
05:47 22 Dec 18
I received a 3 day notice from DEP and contacted Harris Water Main. They were recommended by a close friend that works with the city. Harris immediately put me at ease and said they would take care of everything. They got all the permits and did the work within the 3 days. I would definitely recommend Harris Water.read more
13:58 10 Oct 18
I was fairly upset when I got a 3-day notice from the city about my leaking water main, in fact i really didn't know what to do. I called my regular plumbers, but they said they weren't equipped to do this job. Thankfully they referred me to Harris. We quickly got an appointment scheduled for them to come out and take a look. Once I got the estimate and paid the deposit, they took over, getting all permits and applications, handling the 3-day notice, etc. I didn't need to lift another finger. The job itself was big and messy and loud, but I don't think there's any other way to repair something buried in the sidewalk and your driveway. I was impressed with their speed and efficiency. They got here first thing in the morning and the primary job was done before close of business. Two other crews came by in the following days to do the final repair on the road and my driveway. In all, getting the notice was super stressful and no one likes to pay a bunch of money out of the blue, but given that there was no way out except to fix it, Harris gave me a ton of peace of mind and took the job completely off my plate. I would definitely use them again.read more
17:12 09 Oct 18
When I got a three day notice from the city, I knew that I needed to find someone who could come ASAP to fix the issue or else the water would be shut off. I turned to Harris water main and Sewer contractors for help. They came within a few days to assess the site and the problem and sent a team to come fix it pretty soon. They finished the job pretty quickly and cleaned up any residue from the work and made it look just like before the construction took place. I am really grateful for Harris to be able to come as soon as they did and in doing such a great job.read more