Finding any service provider for your business can be stressful. It takes a lot of research, investigations, and ultimately you just have to just make a choice and hope for the best. Finding your firestop contractor is no exception, but once you have chosen one, there are somethings they should definitely be doing so you know they’re doing a good job. Read on for more details.
Keep A Clean Work Area
While it is true that firestopping can be a messy job, that is not an excuse for doing sloppy work or leaving a work areas messy. Professional contractors with adequate firestopping experience know how to do the job efficiently without leaving a huge mess. If your contractor writes the mess off as just part of the job, they may be making mistakes and cutting corners in other areas as well.
Provide Consistent Updates
A good contractor will keep you informed and up-to-date on the progress of the job as it is being performed. Working their way through your facility will likely take a good amount of time, and as they go they should be telling you what they’ve done so far, what unusual or unexpected issues arose, and what they expect for the rest of the job. If they aren’t keeping you up to date, find a contractor who will.
Obtain Certification From Multiple Manufacturers
Since firestopping materials from different manufacturers can never be mixed in a single penetration, it is important that your contractor know about the manufacturer of the product that has been used in the building so far. Choosing a firestop contractor who is certified by multiple manufacturers ensures that they will have broad industry knowledge and understand what they are seeing if something seems amiss as they go through the building (like if someone made mistakes in the past).
Provide Proper Documentation
Your firestop contractor has to provide you with before and after documentation and photos of the work completed. If they don’t you may not be able to prove that the building is up to code during an inspection. If they can’t or won’t provide this, find a new contractor ASAP.
Handle Special Circumstances Well
When your firestop contractor is confronted by special circumstances, like specialty areas that require containment or delicate handling, are they prepared for it? If they aren’t then you need a contractor who can. The process of firestopping can damage sensitive materials or create unsafe conditions if it isn’t done correctly for the environment where it is being performed. Your contractor should be ready and willing to use specialty equipment to control dust and other particles as needed.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.