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Firestop Installation Mistakes That Are Easily Avoidable

Firestop Installation Mistakes That Are Easily Avoidable

Firestop installations are inspected thoroughly inspected to make sure they are up to code.

As great as Firestop is, it is just one of the commercial building installation jobs that doesn’t require a long list of qualifications. This means that it could be installed through electrical, plumbing, drywall, and mechanical contractors. However, firestop installations are inspected thoroughly inspected to make sure they are up to code, so the installation must be done right in your commercial building. If not, it’ll be an expensive mistake you might regret. There are a few common but entirely preventable installation issues that G&M Services sees in commercial properties. Read on to learn how you can prevent them and why G&M Services is the best fit for a firestop installation.

Using Unlisted Firestop Products

Typically, firestop materials are fully tested in a total system designed by the product manufacturer, and you are able to check out test labs to see if they’re approved. If you use an unlisted firestop material in your system you’re trying to install, you will probably fail the inspection. Whenever installing firestop systems, your material has to be included in the listed system you’re using for that penetration or void. Otherwise, this might impact the integrity and fire rating of each of your walls.

Improper Depth During the Installation Process

According to test standards, firestop has to be installed at a sufficient enough depth in your material. A joint of void must be firestopped with the right depth since it helps protect the assembly. If there is not a sufficient amount of depth, whether due to inexperience or from an attempt to help cut costs, an inspector can notice, and you’ll then fail your inspection. This also puts the lives of people in the closest area of that void in serious risk if there’s a fire. We at G&M Services will make sure that the firestop is installed at the correct depth.

Wrong Usage of Materials

Materials are made with firestop in mind. Contractors should be using these materials that are made for this application, as a few contractors have to be aware of the specific materials that are only approved for specific kinds of applications. You shouldn’t be using metal pipe firestop materials with plastic pipes since they weren’t designed, tested, and approved for that application.

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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.