What Happens when Fireproofing Gets Damaged and How to Fix It
Fire resistive coatings are meant to protect your assets from damage, namely from flames and smoke. While these intumescent coatings are keeping your structure, equipment, and people safe, what’s protecting said coatings from harm? Various factors and activities in your workplace can cause your fireproof coatings to disadhere or lose their efficiency. As such, commercial fireproofing requires regular maintenance, just like any other type of protective coating.
So, what happens when your facility’s fireproofing gets damaged, and what can you do to fix it?
What to Know About Handling Fireproofing
What Causes Damage to Fireproofing in the First Place?
Commercial and industrial fireproofing undergoes damage much in the same way other areas of your facility break down. When there are multiple trades working in your building, for instance, odds are something will nick certain surfaces and chip or damage traditional fireproofing or fireproof paint that happens to be there. Fireproof coatings can also be removed or damaged during installations, pipe replacements, and general wear and tear over time. It’s important to practice caution around these intumescent coatings to minimize damage, but it’s equally important to expect some deterioration to occur to your fireproofing so you’re prepared to make the proper repairs.
The Dangers of Damaged Fireproofing
So, what’s the harm if little pieces of fireproofing get damaged around your facility? Simply put, any assets that lack full fire protection are more susceptible to harm. For example, if even a small portion of your structural steel isn’t equipped to withstand high temperatures, a fire inside your facility can weaken these exposed areas that lack fire protection spray for steel and result in a collapse. Steel can lose up to 40% of its strength when exposed to 1,000 degrees (Fahrenheit) of heat; and at 1,500 degrees, steel can lose up to 90% of its strength. This is the most extreme example of how damaged fireproofing can lead to disaster, but it paints a clear picture of the importance of proper fireproofing maintenance.
Additionally, consider that flames can do serious damage to your assets if they’re not protected, which can end up costing you thousands upon thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement costs. Damaged fireproofing can also cause you to fall out of compliance with key fire regulations and building codes — another major liability. And, if nothing else, chipped or failing fireproofing can be an eyesore that tarnishes your reputation and lowers morale.
The Power of Fireproof Patching
If and when your fireproofing does take on damage, it’s helpful to know your options for remediation. Generally speaking, fireproof patching presents the most efficient way to restore your facility’s fireproofing, and we at Kaloutas specialize in this important method. Our teams assess any and all damage to your existing fireproofing and then apply either a dry- or wet-mix fireproofing spray to match, and coat all exposed areas to quickly seal the deal. Keeping up with this maintenance will save you time and money in the long-term since you’ll prevent severe damage from fires, protect your building’s structural integrity, and, most importantly, keep your employees and customers safe day in and day out. Best of all, our patching services require little to no downtime compared to a full fireproofing project, so you can keep your operations up and running while we work.
Don’t Let Your Fireproofing Fall Apart
If you want your fireproofing efforts to continue paying off, make sure you invest in a fireproof maintenance plan. Kaloutas is here to help you keep your fireproof coatings functional and beautiful. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.