Signs Your Facility Needs Fire Damper Repair
Fire dampers play a very important role in providing a robust fire protection mechanism for your premises. Whether you are a manager of a school, company, or hospital building, having fire dampers installed can greatly improve your fire protection rating and offer substantial protection to occupants and staff members in the facility.
We all know how important it is to have your fire dampers inspected regularly. And we know they can become faulty due to excessive wear and tear. But, there are signs to look out for to know when you are in need of fire damper repair.
How Important Are Fire Damper Repairs?
Just as every other equipment can become faulty due to excessive use, so do fire dampers. Since they do an excellent job of preventing smoke fires from entering building ducts, it is only a matter of time before it succumbs to significant damage or corrosion. This only shows how important it is for you to have your fire dampers inspected on a continuous basis.
The NFPA Code requires that all fire dampers, smoke dampers and combination fire/smoke dampers, be inspected within one year of installation. After the first inspection, dampers are required to be inspected every 4 years. However, hospitals are only required to have fire and smoke damper inspections completed every 6 years.
How to Know If Your Fire Dampers Need Fixing?
Since fire dampers are sealed within the unit, the lack of easy accessibility makes it a challenge to keep track of any signs of possible damage. Instead, you need to remember the last time you had it inspected so you can make sure it operates smoothly without interfering with building operations.
However, if you recently have experienced a fire emergency, it is wise to have your fire dampers inspected. This is particularly because a significant fire inside a building can take immense toll on fire dampers and weaken its efficiency. As a result, the fire dampers may not work as effectively as the first time. This can have disastrous consequences on injuries and property damage.
What Kinds Of Fire Damper Issues Can You Have?
There are a range of fire damper problems you can have that make fire damper repair extremely critical for your building’s fire protection capability. Here are a few.
- Alignment Issues: the damper may not open or close properly or its components may not fall in place accurately.
- Rust or Corrosion: rust from excessive wear and tear can accumulate and affect its performance in fire emergencies.
- Broken fusible links: fusible links are devices that are sensitive to changes in temperature. If these are broken or damaged, the resulting air may not circulate to keep smoke fires at bay.