Firestopping may be one of the smaller parts of a building’s design, but it is imperative to have to prevent disasters from occurring. If a firestop isn’t installed, the chances of a fire or smoke spreading go up significantly, and this can result in injury, or even death, to everyone inside. This is why fire-resistant walls and floors are a top priority for residential and commercial buildings. Since fire protection is vital, it’s important that the installation goes smoothly. Take a look at three firestop mistakes and how you can avoid doing them yourself.
Using Products That Aren’t Tested by a Third Party
One of the most common mistakes that comes from installing a firestop is not using a product that is tested by a third party. Many firestop products don’t have an initial fire-resistance rating. This means what your purchase could be less reliable than you want and that it can open you up to liability risks if something bad happens on your property. Making sure the product you install is tested and approved means you get a reliable firestop that will keep you and everyone else safe.
Annular Space Around the Firestop Isn’t Right
Annular space is that space that’s between the closest inside edge of the opening of the space of the installation and the firestop system itself. The annular space will depend on the shape of the opening and whatever penetrant type that you want to install through it. With every installation, there will usually be a range of space required for the installation. If you either have too much or too little annular space, there’s a strong chance the firestop system won’t perform as well. This can cause fire and smoke to get through gaps or prevent the firestopping component from staying in place when there’s a fire. Make sure the system you pick enables contraction, expansion, and movement.
Mineral Wool of the Firestop Not Installed Properly
Many fire-resistant joint systems have joints that are packed with mineral wool. Things go wrong when the mineral wool isn’t the right density or when it isn’t compressed the right way. The most effective way of dealing with mineral wool is to look for solutions that don’t require you to use mineral wool in the first place.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.