Firefighters flushing hydrants around Charleston

These signs will indicate maintenance on fire hydrants throughout the Charleston peninsula.

Charleston firefighters will be flushing out fire hydrants on the peninsula over the next four months.

The work will be done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. and noon Friday, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Crews will be inspecting for damage, removing and checking caps, cleaning and lubricating all threaded outlets, checking for adequate water pressure, and flushing the hydrants to clear out any debris and sediment that may have accumulated in the water lines, fire department spokesman Ryan Kunitzer said. The Charleston Water System will be told if any additional repairs are needed.

Crews will be wearing traffic safety vests, but motorists are encouraged to slow down and use caution.

Signs will be placed in neighborhoods as work is being done.

Residents near the work may experience temporary water discoloration for a few hours. If this takes place, customers are advised to clear the pipes by running all the water faucets for a few minutes and to postpone washing clothes.

Residents are asked to keep fences and vehicles away from hydrants.

Anyone with questions can send an email to the fire department at or call 720-1981. The Charleston Water System can be contacted at or 727-6800.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.