As the fire protection industry grows, many companies are offering fire damper inspections as a part of their service. And with so many different inspectors to talk to, it can be a challenge just trying to choose the best damper inspection company. But you don’t have to sweat it!
Here are a few questions you should keep in mind when looking for a damper inspector:
What type of experience do they have? The number of projects an inspection company has performed previously will allow you to know the experience level of their inspectors. The more experience a company has in performing damper inspections, means you will have a better quality inspection than a less experienced company.
Do they provide digital documentation? Photos taken of the damper before and after it is inspected helps to ensure that the inspection was actually done. Not to mention, it is an easy way for AHJ’s to verify that the work was completed and reduces customer liability should an actual fire take place.
What type of training has the staff completed? Technicians that have been fully trained will help to reduce on the job injuries and ensure that work is completed in a timely fashion. Technician training should include: infection control, confined space, customer service skills, manufacturers and NFPA codes, just to name a few.
What do they know about the codes and standards? A damper company’s knowledge of NFPA 80, NFPA 101 and NFPA 105 and all codes relating to passive fire protection is important. If they don’t know the codes and standards, then they won’t know whether a damper is in noncompliance and the inspection is worthless.
These are just a few things to look into when hiring a fire damper inspection company. You don't want to settle for a mediocre damper inspection when lives are at stake! So be sure to ask plenty of questions and find which damper inspection company is the best for you.