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All About Fire Stopping

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Pipe penetration firestop systems seal openings created by pipe penetrations in fire-rated walls or floors.

Compartmentation, also known as fire stopping, is essential to passive fireproofing. It’s the process of filling openings and joints between walls and floors and fire-resistant material, stopping a fire from spreading between compartments within a building. Today we’ll look at the importance of fire stopping and some of the standard methods we use, such as pipe penetration, top-of-wall firestop, and photoluminescence. 

The Importance of Fire Stopping 

Fire stopping keeps a building safe. Each commercial space requires preventing the spread of fire through the different compartments of a building. If fire stops don’t have the proper installation, smoke and flames can travel quickly through a structure, damaging the property and risking the lives of the people occupying the building. 


Once installed, fire-stopping measures need regular monitoring to assess their effectiveness. Failure to do so risks your property not complying with current fire safety regulations. Therefore, you would be responsible for a fire occurring. Always ensure that your establishment uses the appropriate fire-stopping materials and that you utilize a reputable firestop company like us. 

Pipe Penetration 

Openings in floors, walls, or ceilings are typically necessary when professionals install new mechanical, HVAC, and plumbing systems. Therefore, this leaves your building vulnerable if a fire or another type of emergency occurs. Pipe penetration firestop provides protection, ensuring that you restore the fire safety rating of your fire separations and comply with local codes and safety regulations. 


Pipe penetration firestop systems seal openings created by pipe penetrations in fire-rated walls or floors. By adding an acoustic seal, your assembly’s sound transmission class (STC) rating stays maintained, and sound transmission will be minimal. Specific products used will differ based on the wall and floor material. These products can be waterproof or flex with joints, depending on the project’s scope.  

Top of Wall Firestop

There are gaps in the areas where floor and wall assemblies meet, leaving the possibility of fire, gasses, and smoke entering the site. Top of wall firestop fills these gaps with a fireproof compound, stopping the passage of harmful elements between floors. 


Let’s say there is a fire and power outage in your building. Photoluminescence guides people in the dark by illuminating pathways and obstacles. Photoluminescence illuminates exit signs, stairs, methods of egress, and strips without a light source. Initially, this illumination method benefited the traffic, flight, and train industries. However, in recent years, it has various widespread applications. 


Contact Concrete Visions today if you’re looking for a trustworthy company to ensure your building is safe and up to code. 

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.

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