As Houston and surrounding areas continue to be developed, building guidelines and safety requirements have grown as well. Throughout Harris County, all buildings that require a fire or domestic water pump necessitate the installation of a break tank. A break tank disrupts or “breaks” the connection to the water source and is a non-pressurized, closed water tank, with an air gap to guarantee zero backflow and prevent contamination in the water supply. Rather than having a direct city supply line to the pump, the break tank is fitted between the municipal supply and the building’s pump to ensure that a building’s mechanical equipment will never cause a vacuum on municipal infrastructure. These break tanks also ensure that the equipment that feeds off them has a constant, predictable suction pressure with little to no variation.
As urban sprawl and relocation take over in areas with aging infrastructure, break tanks and stored water solutions are and will become more and more common.
With over 18 years of industry experience, 3rd Coast Pump and Equipment owner Steven Olenicki opened his business as a need arose in the Texas Gulf Coast region to give construction and service contractors a resource that predominantly concentrates on supplying various plumbing, HVAC and fire equipment found in mid to high-rise structures. 3rd Coast Pump and Equipment specializes in the distribution of this equipment, specifically domestic water booster systems, dewatering systems, fire pumps, HVAC, and all other mechanical systems found in buildings. 3rd Coast Pump and Equipment also provides various custom electrical controls for these systems.
Break Tanks Installed for Fire or Domestic Water Pumps
According to the National Fire Protection Association, “break tanks are to be used as either a backflow prevention device between the city water supply and the fire pump suction; to eliminate pressure fluctuations in the city water supply and provide a steady suction pressure to the fire pump; and/or to augment the city water supply when the volume of water available from the city is inadequate for the fire protection demand.” Cities cannot keep a steady supply of pressure into the equipment and a break tank is a fool-proof backflow prevention device that also controls a void being put on their supply lines. Break tanks also satisfy the NFPA requirement “very tall” buildings over a certain height maintain an adequate supply of water stored on upper floors.
With the use of a break tank, there must to be a reliable means of automatic refilling, which is why 3rd Coast Pump and Equipment turned to OCV Control Valves, a leader in the control valve industry. 3rd Coast Pump and Equipment Owner Steven Olenicki was familiar with OCV Control Valves after seeing their valves throughout buildings in other cities and markets and knew of the company’s dependability and experience. “Personally, having 18 years of verifiable field experience, OCV is very easy to work with”, said Olenicki, “They have knowledgeable tech support, their sales team is exceptional, and there have been no hiccups with lead times. Everyone I talk to at OCV knows the valves and knows the equipment they are selling.”
American Made and Flawless Operations
After working with the knowledgeable engineers at OCV Control Valves, the decision was made with 3rd Coast Pump and Equipment to offer other OCV products including, non-modulating float valves, solenoid control valves and more. “They work great and repeat their operation flawlessly. My customers are pleased with how quickly these valves set up and very happy to be buying an American made product,” says Olenicki.
OCV’s products are above and beyond the competition. By sourcing American made materials, controlling the casting process in the USA, and performing in-house machining, OCV continues to produce reliable and efficient valves.
“We appreciate the prompt responses and the outstanding customer service that the OCV team consistently provides!”
“Our customer was in a shutdown and needed a 2.5” valve immediately. OCV stepped up and was able to build the 2.5” valve in one day and ship it next day air to the customer. Fantastic work!!”
“We pride ourselves on creating innovative solutions and providing quality products to our clients in the fastest possible time frame. Sometimes that means seeking out and switching to a better manufacturer. Patty Space’s knowledge and response time won me over! And, OCV delivered in less than 5 weeks – something the competition could not do!”
“OCV and Jim Gibson are the #1 supplier of control valves in our circle of vendors. Their integrity is never compromised as they strive for Complete Customer Satisfaction. Their word is their bond and they live by it. Their intimate knowledge of their products and our industry is unsurpassed and we look forward to many years of a mutually successful relationship as we continue to grow together and discover new markets.”
“Since 1996 Dakota Pump & Control has partnered with OCV. DPC takes who we represent on our line card very seriously, and we couldn’t be happier with this partnership. OCV has a catalog that covers all our needs, as well as the support a service based company like ours demands. We look forward to whatever valve challenges are presented to us, because we have the right manufacturer that can support us every step of the way.”
“The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma has been doing business with OCV since 1993. We have utilized them for all types of valves, as well as parts. OCV always has the answers. Working with Robert and Jarrod has been a pleasure!”
“A lot of companies preach customer service, but their actions don’t reflect it. That’s not the case when it comes to OCV. I have met many associates at OCV, from Plant to Sales to Engineering – all are focused on taking care of their customers. OCV is expedient in quoting projects and has even been known to troubleshoot valves from other manufacturers and construct valves in an emergency to get a city out of a jam. OCV practices what they preach!”
“D&W has maintained a relationship with OCV as a Rep for 30+ years. Although this industry, and even products, have gone through major transformations over that time, OCV’s dedication to customer service has remained steadfast. From a friendly voice when you call their office, to the expert advice you receive when troubleshooting a problem – OCV sets the standard and no one else comes close.”
“We represent several prominent manufacturers, but OCV distinguishes themselves with their customer focused approach. It seems as if every valve they fabricate is going to their neighbor. Their quality and workmanship is second-to-none and when you call for support, you feel like family.”
“I love representing OCV and working with their knowledgeable staff! Whether I need help with pricing, or addressing engineer comments, or following up on shipments – OCV always responds promptly and efficiently. Their level of customer service is top notch! I’ve had the pleasure of working with OCV for over 12 years now, and I’ve never had a warranty request from any of our customers – which says a lot about the high quality of their products.”
“As an inside salesman for a pump company located in Southern Illinois, I am always looking for various pumping related parts and materials. Jim Gibson and the fine folks at OCV Fluid Solutions were ready to meet my needs. The service is great and the price is even better!”
“OCV was instrumental in providing on-site technical and engineering support for the start-up of the valves.”
“OCV Control Valves delivered the products on time, made them perform as proposed and helped answer our questions. There was good teamwork all around.”
“Personally having 18 years of verifiable field experience, OCV is very easy to work with. They have knowledgeable tech support, their sales team is exceptional, and there have been no hiccups with lead times. Everyone I talk to at OCV knows the valves and know the equipment they are selling.”
“OCV was very helpful. Not only did they always answer our questions and make sure the valves were exactly what we needed. but they were also able to provide us with two new pre-set valves in about three to four weeks.”