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Dean and Patty Davenport started an enclosure company called HydroCowl in 1988. HydroCowl made enclosures to house backflow preventers, pumps, meters, control valves and other water equipment. Dean had been a general contractor in Nashville, TN for more than 35 years and he had extensive experience in water systems and fire-water systems. Through the years, Dean Davenport recognized the need for aboveground installation for the Safety and convenience of the inspection and maintenance personnel. Dean developed the concept of creating a simple design enclosure that was easily assembled and had superior accessibility compared to underground vaults or cinder block buildings. Dean also understood the problems and costs associated with placing backflow preventers inside a building.

About 20 years ago, Gerald Pruitt purchased the business and is still running it today. The Safe-T-Cover name was incorporated in the mid 1990’s. Most people know us at Safe-T-Cover, but some still refer to us as HydroCowl. More changes have occurred over the past 29-30 years, but Gerald has always striven to embrace key principals that make Safe-T-Cover what it is today.

Our guiding principal is and has always been customer service.

  • Fast delivery. We inventory our top 20 standard models. These 20 models represent over 80% of our sales. We ship these 20 stocked standard models within 48 hours of receiving an order.
  • Knowledgeable sales force. Safe-T-Cover has three people on staff with a combined enclosure work experience of over 45 years. At least two of these employees are available at all times. We can answer your questions and help you solve problems. 
  • Quick telephone response. A knowledgeable person will answer the phone during regular business hours.backflow enclosures made in america.jpg
  • Easy to use website. Our website,, has the answers to most of our customer’s questions 24/7. Go to the website to find an enclosure and heater selection guide, submittals and specifications for all our enclosures and heaters, drawings in PDF format (call us to get drawings in autoCAD format), a contractor pricing sheet, industry blogs discussing our most common engineering topics, assembly instructions and our North America rep locator section.
  • Quick custom quotes. We can normally give you a quote for a custom sized enclosure within an hour. We can generally get you a custom drawing within a day. 
  • Standard details. We offer water districts assistance to prepare above ground standard details at no charge.

Always American Made

Our enclosures are manufactured at the Nashville, Tennessee plant and the company is supported by 20 water works and plumbing manufacturers’ representatives across the United States.

Safe-T-Cover is staffed by a team of enclosure pros with years of over 80 years of experience in the industry. If you have a need for an industrial enclosure, our team is prepared to help and in most cases will have experience with your specific requirements. You can read more about management here.