Fire Damper Testing

Fire Dampers Save Lives.

We help you to test, clean and maintain them professionally

When a fire breaks out, it’s not just fire doors that stop fire from spreading. Flames can spread quickly through a large building through your ventilation system. Fire dampers can be the solution to this problem, however if your fire dampers are not cleaned and maintained, they have a tendency to fail. If your fire dampers fail, it can mean the difference between life and death. We help you to make sure your fire dampers are cleaned and maintained properly, ensuring they will work in the unlikely event that they will ever be needed. Keep reading to learn more about our dedicated fire damper testing.

How Do Fire Dampers Work?

Fire Dampers are installed inside your ductwork. Under normal conditions they stay open at all times. If a fire starts, the fuse which holds the spring loaded doors open will snap, causing the dampers to close thus blocking the fire from spreading.

How Do Fire Dampers Work?

Fire Dampers are installed inside your ductwork. Under normal conditions they stay open at all times. If a fire starts, the fuse which holds the spring loaded doors open will snap, causing the dampers to close thus blocking the fire from spreading.

What Can Go Wrong?

Ductwork collects dust, grease and grime. This can cause your fire dampers to become clogged up and ineffective. If this happens they could fail and if a fire occurs, without the dampers it will spread far more quickly. With so much at stake, why take the risk?

What Can Go Wrong?

Ductwork collects dust, grease and grime. This can cause your fire dampers to become clogged up and ineffective. If this happens they could fail and if a fire occurs, without the dampers it will spread far more quickly. With so much at stake, why take the risk?

What Can You Do?

Building owners are required by law to have their fire dampers tested annually. We will not only take an inventory of your fire dampers,
we’ll perform drop tests on each one, thoroughly cleaning them to ensure they remain in peak condition. Hopefully they’ll never be needed, but if they are, this maintenance could save your building and even lives. Why not call us for a no obligation quote?

Clean hospital ductwork

What Can You Do?

Building owners are required by law to have their fire dampers tested annually. We will not only take an inventory of your fire dampers,
we’ll perform drop tests on each one, thoroughly cleaning them to ensure they remain in peak condition. Hopefully they’ll never be needed, but if they are, this maintenance could save your building and even lives. Why not call us for a no obligation quote?

As an essential passive fire protection product, fire dampers are included within your ductwork to prevent the spread of smoke and fire through the building. Their primary role is to restrict the spread of fire, enabling people to exit the building safely.

If a fire broke out in a commercial building without fire dampers, the flames and smoke would rush through the ductwork and spread to all areas of the building, which would render safety features like fire doors ineffective.

What is a Fire Damper?

As an essential passive fire protection product, fire dampers are included within your ductwork to prevent the spread of smoke and fire through the building. Their primary role is to restrict the spread of fire, enabling people to exit the building safely.

 

If a fire broke out in a commercial building without fire dampers, the flames and smoke would rush through the ductwork and spread to all areas of the building, which would render safety features like fire doors ineffective. 

 

Within the ductwork, fire dampers are fitted to essentially provide a break so that fire and smoke would struggle to pass through. They’re positioned strategically at points within the ductwork alongside fire-rated floors and walls and work together to shut out flames as and when required. They operate like a roller shutter and close when a fire is detected.

How Fire Dampers Can Get Activated:

There are two ways in which your building’s fire dampers can be activated: 

 

Thermally

Fire dampers are held together by what is known as a fusible link. When internal temperatures hit a specific level, the fuse melts, and the fire dampers close. 

 

Electrically

In some instances, fire dampers are connected to smoke and fire detectors that connect via a trigger mechanism. As you might expect, once smoke or fire is detected, the dampers slam shut.

Why Do You Need Fire Damper Testing?

It’s no secret that fires and smoke spread incredibly quickly in buildings, as many high-profile fires such as Grenfell have proven. Ensuring your fire dampers are in working order can save lives and stop a fire from spreading as quickly, so testing them regularly is of the utmost importance.

How Often Should Fire Dampers Be Checked?

In the United Kingdom, it is a legal requirement to check that your building’s fire dampers are operational at least once a year. To help you remember, it’s a good idea to check your fire dampers at the same time that you run checks on your fire alarm and other fire-safety features to ensure your building is as safe as it can be.

What Does Fire Damper Testing Involve?

At Deduct, we provide a comprehensive fire damper testing service that includes: 

 

  • Individual inspection of all fire dampers to check for any damage, corrosion, or potential obstructions. 
  • Physical check of each damper to ensure it will drop in the case of fire. 
  • Cleaning and repairs are carried out on all dampers where required. 
  • Resetting of dampers. 

 

Upon completing our inspection and testing, we issue you with a comprehensive report that details all the works carried out and any required actions going forward. 

To schedule your fire damper testing with Deduct, call us today on 0333 772 0089.

 

What Can Cause Fire Dampers to Fail?

Fire dampers can fail for a range of reasons, including pests, blockages, poor installation and maintenance, or external debris or dirt that has entered your ductwork. 

 

Even the failure of one damper can cause fire and smoke to spread throughout your building, so it’s crucial that you get them regularly checked and maintained.

 

To schedule your fire damper testing with Deduct, call us today on 0333 772 0089.

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