Finding a firestop contractor takes a great deal of time, and you want to be sure you’ve found the right one. You’ve probably scheduled ongoing maintenance with your contractor and expect that they are performing their job in as professional a manner as possible. But it’s never a bad idea to be cautious. Take a look at these four things to be sure your firestop contractor is the best one for the job.
The Give Updates On The Job
If your firestop contractor is not giving you regular updates on how the job is progressing, can you be sure the job is getting done at all? A competent firestop contractor should always keep you in the know about what’s going on with the job. You should always know what has been done so far, if anything unusual was discovered, and what the job status is at the moment. These updates help you manage your budget, ease compliance concerns, and prevent surprise moments happening at the end of the job.
The Get Certification From Different Firestop Manufacturers
Materials from various manufacturers should never meld together in one firestop penetration, so your firestop contractor should be aware and familiar with the materials used for your project. Contractors who are certified by multiple firestop manufacturers show they are familiar with the project and UL codes that are associated with each product. Every manufacturer has their own set of UL specifications, so getting a firestop contractor that is certified by the preferred manufacturer means they have the fullest understanding of the code and specifications.
They Keep Work Areas Clean
Firestopping can get messy if the firestop contractor is inexperienced. A true professional will know how to firestop a penetration the right way and keep it clean. If you hear the excuse, “firestop is sloppy,” they probably aren’t the ones you want working for you. They might be doing parts of the job incorrectly.
They Can Handle Special Circumstances
Some areas around your facility could be susceptible to outdoor weather conditions, including operating rooms, intensive care units, and specialty manufacturing areas. You want a firestop contractor who is experienced in working in these sensitive conditions. If your contractor isn’t taking precautions towards limiting the amount of dust or other foreign particles in these vulnerable spots, it could negatively impact the health of your facility. Many quality firestop contractors will use a mobile containment unit to help contain any dust within a specific area when working in sensitive places. Mobile containment units are also useful for making jobs go quicker and more smoothly.
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.Visit our website to see how we can be of service to you, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.