Why is Compartmentation Required?
One of the biggest risks in a fire is the spread of smoke and toxic gases. If not handled correctly, escape routes will be rendered ineffective by the spread of smoke. Airflow between doors, rooms and available roof space will allow smoke to spread throughout a building. Compartmentation aims to mitigate this effect to ensure peace of mind, controlling the spread for a period of time aligned with the building's structural fire protection strategy.
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For compartmentation to be successful, all potential sources of airflow must be protected using fire-resistant materials. This includes joints and rafters, pipes, air ducts, and ceiling voids. Compartment walls and floors should also be installed for parts of buildings that serve separate purposes. For instance, offices with different companies as part of a business complex.
Compartment solutions must be reviewed regularly in case of any inadvertent breaches. These breaches can be found in cavity barriers, roof voids, joint seals, and penetration seals. Regardless of size, any breach in a compartment will render it ineffective against fire spread.
Often, third party contractors such as plumbers or electricians can unknowingly compromise fire compartments. CLM Fireproofing will conduct thorough inspections of fire compartments, swiftly identifying and rectifying any service penetrations or breaches of building compliance.
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The CLM Fireproofing team is highly experienced in completing a wide range of installations for residential and commercial properties. Our operatives share a single goal: raising the bar on building compliance and safeguarding tenants and occupants. We offer comprehensive inspections carried out by a passive fire protection specialist. Once a rigorous compartmentation survey has been completed, we will recommend remedial actions to be actioned by our team. With our in-depth knowledge and project management experience, we can also help clients source the correct products and resources for a foolproof compartmentation system.