Fire Damper Inspections
Fire damper inspections are critical for safety. They are responsible for slowing or stopping a fire inside an HVAC system, which can help protect both the people within the building and minimize the damage to the structure itself.
Yet they can often collect foreign materials and particulates such as dirt, combustible dust, and debris. These contaminants can impair the proper function of the fire dampers, leaving the building occupants at risk in the event of a fire. Other times, the fire damper may be obstructed, damaged, or painted over due to new construction, or it could have issues with poor hinges or parts, misalignment, bent tracks, rust, or damaged frames or blades.
The mandatory NFPA standards require fire damper inspections 1 year after their installation, then every 4 years after that (except for hospitals, where they must be inspected every 6 years). The standards also detail specific and mandatory requirements on how the inspections must be conducted and documented. By having an expert perform your required fire damper inspections, you can ensure that all NFPA standards are met.
At Carolina Filters, we provide clients with the highest level of client satisfaction when it comes to inspecting these fire dampers and ensuring that they are in peak working condition. Our team is fully trained and certified to provide clients with Fire Damper inspections and certifications. Our services include the following:
We inspect all fire, smoke, and fire/smoke dampers to ensure that their performance is in accordance with the NFPA 80 Standard and NFPA 105 Standard as well as The Joint Commission requirements. These standards and requirements are in place to ensure that all each part of the system works optimally.
Testing is important to ensure that the system is in top working order. At Carolina filters, our fire damper testing procedures include:
- Operating all dampers to verify they fully close and re-open
- Labeling each damper to show the number and the inspection date
- Documenting any deficiencies
- Including digital photos of the dampers opened and closed
- Ensuring that dampers are digitally located on Life Safety Drawings
Our clients receive detailed documentation as follows:
- Reporting by damper number, damper type, building location, floor, and area
- Passed damper report
- Failed damper report
- Repaired damper report
- Decommissioned and renovation/construction report (when needed)
- History report
Our Fire and Smoke Damper reporting system makes it easy for clients to monitor and document how well their damper system is working. Our system offers comprehensive records so that each client can monitor their system and know when it is time for the next scheduled inspection. To learn more about fire damper inspections, read 7 Must Knows for Fire Damper Inspections or call 1-888-419-5618.