Fire & Smoke Damper Inspections
PREVENT mechanically inspects, cleans, and cycles ALL your fire dampers, smoke dampers and combination fire/smoke dampers to ensure peak functionality. Our field technicians make a concerted effort to gain access to fire and smoke dampers in hard-to-reach locations in order to ensure your facility receives a complete inspection. If for some reason, our field technicians cannot physically access a damper, they are able to install duct or fire rated access doors in the wall, ducts, and ceiling in order to gain access to otherwise inaccessible fire dampers, smoke dampers, and fire/smoke dampers. Our goal is to be able to inspect 100% of the fire and smoke dampers in your facility.
If a fire or smoke damper fails, our first response is to fix the problem while we are inspecting the fire or smoke damper. We want as many fire or smoke dampers as possible to pass your initial inspection as possible. We prefer to provide a clean report showing minimal, if any, failures.
NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 require that all fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire/smoke dampers are inspected and tested within one year of installation. After the first inspection, the fire and smoke dampers are only required to be inspected every 4 years, except in hospitals where fire and smoke damper inspections are required every 6 years.
Scope of Work
- Locate and Inspect all fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire/smoke dampers in the facility and ensure that full unobstructed access to the fire or smoke damper is available.
- If the fire damper is equipped with a fusible link, the fusible link is removed and reset to ensure the damper fully closes.
- Ensure that there is no fire or smoke damper interference due to rusted, bent, misaligned, or damaged blades and frames, there are no defective hinges or moving parts, and that the fire or smoke damper is free from obstructions or penetrating items that may affect functionality.
- Manually activate electric and pneumatic dampers to ensure actuator is functioning and smoke damper closes appropriately.
Reporting and Documentation
Our fire and smoke damper inspection documentation is clean, thorough, and supplies accurate information as required by code. We provide annotated floor plans, damper logs, and a summary report of all fire or smoke dampers inspected in the facility. Digital photo documentation is available upon request.
Each fire or smoke damper is labeled with a number and will receive a sticker indicating the fire damper inspection date, inspection findings, and inspector name. The fire and smoke damper numbers coincide with the numbers recorded in the fire and smoke damper log, drawings and additional documentation. All fire and smoke dampers are clearly identified and marked on your plans.
All documentation is provided in both digital and hard copy format, and is easy to make available to AHJ (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) upon request.
Infection Control Procedures
PREVENT’s field technicians know infection control and are experienced working in sensitive areas. In hospitals, our field technicians are able to work with infectious control administrators on taking the necessary steps to prevent contamination. We make sure to gain permission to access required areas of the facility, will comply with all facility requirements for safety and infection control specific to that facility, and meet all ICRA guidelines for the facility. While performing work, our technicians use The Solution, PREVENT’s containment unit with HEPA filtration, to perform work and control the spread of pathogens and dust. After inspecting every fire or smoke damper, work areas are vacuumed and wiped down to ensure the area was cleaner than when we started.
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