Fire costs businesses more than $10 billion in property damage and injures more than 17,000 workers every year.
Staying current with required fire protection equipment will reduce your risk of loss to your business. And it is required by law. For this reason, fire codes for commercial buildings and apartment buildings in New Hampshire are closely regulated by the local town or municipality regarding the inspection of a fire suppression equipment installation.
One of those required systems is the Post Indicator Valve, or “PIV.” You’ve probably seen it many times without knowing what it is. Sometimes it looks like a steering wheel mounted to the wall of a building, or a capped-off pipe usually with a chain hanging on it. Post Indicator Valves can be seen outside of any commercial building. They are red posts (there’s a clue it’s fire equipment) with a locked handle and a viewing window that indicates an open or shut valve. PIV’s connect directly to town water line or, in rural settings, to an in-ground fire protection water storage tank. Depending on how the fire suppression system is designed, it may require a dedicated water line for the sprinkler systems. Think of a PIV as a fire hydrant in a commercial application.
When it comes to the construction and site work needed for a PIV installation, fire suppression companies call on Sarette Excavation to do the heavy lifting. Our drain layers license allows us the ability to not only dig the trench, but also make the all the connections from the building to the valve itself. We have knowledge of the state and local codes governing this type of fire suppression equipment installation. Our clients can rest assured knowing that the job is done correctly from beginning to end.
Sarette Excavation can also assist in the installation of underground water storage and fire hydrant installations. Can we help with your project? Give us a call!