Why Having a Firestop Special Inspector is Better for the Project

Firestopping is a critical aspect of building construction. It helps to prevent fire from spreading through the building, which can cause catastrophic damage. Firestop materials are essential in keeping fires contained, but they are often overlooked during construction. A firestop special inspector knows how to inspect the installation of these materials so they work correctly and don’t cause problems down the road. Here’s why you should have one on your next project:

A Firestop Special Inspector Will Help Protect the Quality and Safety of Your Building.
Firestopping is integral to your project as a builder or building owner. For a project to be inspected correctly, you must hire an expert to ensure quality workmanship on every level. A firestop special inspector has special knowledge that allows them to perform an inspection specific to their area of expertise—in this case, firestop inspection—that would not be available if someone else were performing the inspection.

How to Find the Right Firestop Special Inspector
Finding the right firestop inspector is key to inspecting your firestop systems correctly. Before you hire anyone, do your research and ask plenty of questions. A good firestop special inspector should have experience in conducting these inspections and be able to provide credentials that show they are qualified for the job. You can also ask them what certifications and training they have on firestop inspection.

In most cases, the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) will need to approve a person before they can conduct an inspection.

How to Ensure a Firestop Special Inspector is Qualified
To ensure you have a qualified firestop special inspector, we recommend that you ask the following questions:

Do they hold an International Firestop Council (IFC) certificate?
Have they passed the IFC Firestopping Inspector’s Exam?
Have they completed hands-on training with at least four firestop manufacturers?
Does the inspector have at least two years of experience conducting inspections?

In addition to these things, there are other ways to ensure your inspector is qualified. One way is to look for an Intertek Qualified IQP Firestop Inspector, which means that your inspector has had additional training and regular third-party audits and has the backing of Intertek, one of the world’s largest testing agencies.

We hope this post has been helpful to you in understanding why having a firestop special inspector is best for your project. Please contact us today if you have any questions or want more information about us and our services, please get in touch with us!

For more information, contact James Monroe.