It’s a New Year, and I’m sure everyone is ready to start fresh in 2021. For the facility managers, a clean and safe work environment should be a high priority on your to do list. As a manufacturing facility, two systems that should not be overlooks are your facilities HVAC system cleaning as well as fire barriers. Hughes Environmental and LSS Life Safety Services® and are both part of LSS Holdings, and are working together to create healthy, and safe work environments you and your employees. Therefore, for the month of January, with the purchase of a fire barrier service from LSS, you will receive a free HVAC inspection of a single system from Hughes.
Fire Barrier Services
Firestopping is a passive fire protection system used to seal openings in fire resistance-rated walls and/or floor assemblies. Penetrating items, such as plastic pipes or wires will melt or change shape during a fire, which is why some firestop materials will expand in the presence of heat. This swelling action seals and stops the spread of fire and smoke to other rooms and even floors within a building.
According to The International Fire Code, “Walls, floors and ceilings must be repaired when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. Any penetrations found should be repaired with approved methods capable of resisting the passage of fire and smoke”.
LSS’ experience combined with firestop training from industry leaders such as Specified Technologies Inc. (STI), Hilti and 3M, allows us to provide the right mix of industry background and training to remain an industry leader in firestop surveys and installation.
- A detailed fire barrier survey; Statement of Conditions (SOC), including type of barrier, description of penetration/opening needing firestop installation and recommended UL-classified firestop
- Digital pictures of the penetration/opening in need of repair
- Install UL-classified firestop systems based on SOC
- Preparation of submittal documents for AHJ submission
- Label each installed UL Firestop System at site of installation
- Master report with Digital Documentation listing UL Firestop Systems installed via LSS Site Surveyor®
- LSS is a FM-4991 Approved Firestop Contractor
HVAC System Services
The HVAC Duct Inspection is a great way to see if visible contaminants, such as mold, may be present in your ductwork. By cleaning a duct from the point where the air enters the system to the point where it exits, which includes the grilles and registers, will help to keep particles out of the ambient air.
HVAC duct cleaning also improves airflow, allowing your facility’s HVAC system to run more efficiently, and help reduce the risk of fire in HVAC Systems — especially in manufacturing facilities where combustible dust is present. According to the EPA, a buildup of just 0.42″ of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%.
Hughes is a certified member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and specializes in the cleaning of large commercial HVAC Systems.
HVAC Duct Cleaning Services Include:
- Supply & Return Ductwork
- Dedicated Exhaust Ductwork and Fans
- Air Handler Units
- Internally Lined Ductwork: Cleaning and Encapsulating (Sealing)
- Mold Remediation from all types of Ductwork
- VAV’s Reheat Coils, Mixing Boxes
- Filter Replacements
Rafter and ceiling cleaning removes dust, dirt, grease, and other materials commonly found on high surfaces of manufacturing facilities. High Surface Cleaning Services Include:
- Ceiling Truss
- Exterior of ductwork
- Exhaust hood ventilation
- Storage racks/shelving
- Fire suppression systems
- Ceiling Deck
- And other elevated structural components
Keeping your facility clean and free of combustible dust hazards can help you keep your workplace safe, and help avoid regulatory fines. Dust that is Combustible include:
- Wood and Sawdust
- Plastics and Rubbers
- Coal and other Fossil Fuels
- Sugars, Grains and Food