As beneficial as firestop is, it’s one of the few commercial building installation jobs that doesn’t require any specific qualifications. This means it can be installed by plumbing, electrical, mechanical contractors, or drywall installers. However, firestop installations are inspected to ensure they’re up to code, so the installation must be done right in your commercial building. Otherwise, it’ll end up being a more costly mistake than it needs to be. These are some common but wholly preventable and avoidable firestop installation issues and errors that we see in commercial buildings.
Unlisted Firestop Products
Typically firestop materials are tested, and you can check test labs to see if they’re approved. If you use an unlisted firestop material, you will likely end up failing your inspection. If you’re confused, look at the UL 2079 or ASTM E1966 Test Standard Method for Fire-Resistive Joint Systems. Whenever installing firestop for walls or ceilings, the material must carry these certifications because installers can impact the integrity and rating of the wall.
Improper Depth in Install
According to ASTM test standards, firestop must be installed at a sufficient depth within the material. A joint or void must be firestopped with the proper depth because this helps protect the assembly. If there is insufficient depth, whether because of inexperience or in an attempt to cut costs, an inspector will notice and you will fail your inspection.
Incorrect Use of Materials
Materials are developed specifically with firestop in mind. Contractors ought to use materials that are designed for this application, as some contractors may not be aware that certain materials are only approved for some kinds of applications. For example, you shouldn’t use metal pipe firestop material with a plastic pipe because it wasn’t designed, tested, or approved for that application.
Lack of Inspection Coordination
The best practice is to schedule an on-site fire inspection on the same day that the firestop installation is planned. This is because if an inspector can witness the installation, it’ll help them quickly and accurately determine whether the system is installed correctly. Otherwise, a post-installation inspection may require destructive processes to see if the installation is adequate.
Revitalize Your Business with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved know how to handle equipment and potentially risky situations during a project. We offer services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and Firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.