Smoke and Fire curtain service and repair
Are you working to bring your fire safety management into compliance with the international building code [IBC] and International fire code [IFC]. Fire curtains and Fire Rated Smoke and draft control must be tested serviced and maintained annually.
Which Fire Protection System is right for me?
A fire protection system is an integral part of any business. A fire can destroy your business and leave you substantial financial loss. By planning out what fire protection system you want, you are ensuring your business will be safe in a fire. There are several things to consider when planning what type of fire protection system to use. In the broadest sense, there are two kinds of fire protection systems.
These are individual building fire protection and site-wide fire protection. Site-wide fire protection includes fire sprinklers and a stand-alone fire sprinkler system. There are several things to consider when choosing form a fire protection system. Some of these include the size and type of building.
The number of people that work at the site, including the age structure. How easy would it be for emergency services to get to the location? The materials contained in the building. This can influence the type of fire protection installation right for you and your staff.
Active fire protection systems
Active systems can be manually activated or automatically activated in the event of a fire. This is accomplished by manually using a fire alarm pull station or by a smoke detector detecting smoke and activating the alarm automatically. Active systems are designed to alert people of an emergency so they can evacuate. Fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and smoke and fire alarms are part of an active fire system. In an "active system," some action is required. These systems are most effective when people know how they work and know what to do in case of an emergency.
Passive fire protection systems
Unlike active systems, the passive fire protection system does not actively attempt to contain, control, or extinguish the fire. Instead, it acts passively by providing extended time to evacuate people and property by suppressing smoke and fire. The passive system provides moving air barriers to stop smoke and restrict the spread of fire by limiting oxygen intake.
Passive fire protection extends the evacuation period by suppressing smoke and fire. Passive systems more commonly used for commercial installation include fire-resistant walls, fire doors, Fire curtains, Smoke curtains, and fire dampers for air ducts. Passive fire protection is essential for your facility's design and installation.
The smoke, heat, and harmful gases released by a fire can be toxic to occupants and create discomfort until they are eliminated. But these toxic fumes don't just stop at the ceiling - they permeate through building materials, traveling along the paths of least resistance. We provide passive fire protection by controlling the spread of fire and smoke in a fire-safe manner.
A fire curtain is a passive fire protection device intended for use in corridors and doorways to prevent the spread of fire, smoke, and heat from one compartment to another. Door and Dock solutions specialists in the supply and installation of fire curtains, smoke dampers and other fire safety products. We've been installing security systems in businesses throughout Houston since 2014, and we have complete confidence that you'll find our prices highly competitive.
Automatic Fire protective Smoke Curtains integrate the latest in electronics. They are gravity fail-safe and incorporate the latest in electronic technology. This is why they are one of the most advanced yet cost-effective systems. Fire-rated fiberglass fabric is all wound around a roller that encases a compact headbox typically installed above the ceiling with side guides buried in the wall.
This makes the system virtually invisible until activated. Limit switch control has been replaced with current-limiting systems to determine the upper position of the curtain. The 24v motor will retract the curtain until the bottom bar pulls against the underside of the headbox. Limit switch control has been replaced with current-limiting systems to determine the upper position of the curtain.
The 24v motor will retract the curtain until the bottom bar pulls against the underside of the headbox. The current drawn by the motor will begin to rise, the motor control circuit will detect this, and the supply will be stepped back to a holding voltage. The Automatic Fire Protective Smoke Curtain (AFPSC) is a unique system actuated upon receipt of a fire or test signal from the Emergency Services via either a fire alarm call point or a remote transmitter switch.
The system uses motorized winch and cable systems to pull down a curtain made of a specially formulated medium weight fiberglass fabric coated with aluminum pigmented polyurethane on both sides of the fabric, creating a reflective heat shield that enhances the durability and flexibility of the material. It is tested to BS 476 Pt 6 (fire propagation) and Pt 7 [surface spread of flame], ASTM E84 & UL 723. The Automatic Fire Protective Smoke Curtain is a fireproof screen designed to meet U.S. Federal Regulations [NFPA 101, OSHA 1910 and 1439].
Automatic fire protective smoke-curtain system, comprising a curtain having a top area and a bottom area, a curtain control device having a holding member, an elevation member, and a drive motor. The holding member is arranged to hold the bottom area with some weight against the floor, and the elevation member is said to be elevated by the drive motor when the system is activated. The elevation member can be divided into two telescopically openable sections that are coupled together utilizing coupling elements, which mechanism is arranged to disarm itself when the sections are lowered automatically. The drive motor has its activation device activated by the controlling device via safety contactors.
The Automatic Fire Protective Smoke Curtain is designed to protect people and property in the event of a fire. The weight of the bottom bar will force the motor windings to return, generating a back EMF. This facility ensures a controlled descent of the curtain even in a power failure.
Automatic Fire Protective Smoke Curtain is a passive fire protection barrier, which can be activated when there is a risk of fire breaking out or smoke migrating through an opening up and being drawn under the lowered curtain causing fires to spread undetected. A fire test switch (carbon resistor) connected to the Fire Curtain control panel activates the pull-down circuit in case of a fire or smoke activation.
What is the difference between a smoke curtain and a fire curtain?
It is crucial to know whether a fire curtain is required or a smoke curtain. The main difference is that a smoke curtain protects necessary equipment in buildings like computer rooms and server buildings. It also protects small buildings with no firewalls but other separation features. On the other hand, a fire curtain provides complete fire separation between building zones.
They are often utilized to protect open stairways as a protected means of egress. The area covered by the enclosure must be at least twice the area of the porte-cochere or protected smoke compartment unless an approved alternative method for equal or more excellent protection is provided. For example, an enclosure can be considered acceptable for two means of egress if it meets specific requirements.
Smoke curtains provide adequate time for people to escape and then extinguish the fire by stopping any smoke from spreading toward the protected areas of a building. A smoke curtain is not intended to hold back a fire for long periods and relies on regular maintenance and testing per BS476 sections 16/17. A fire curtain is not designed to be opened while in operation when the amount of heat being transferred through the curtain exceeds that required to activate the smoke sensors.
If you're looking at the fire resistance of a building, you will see descriptors for both smoke and fire. They are often confused; however, the difference is quite clear. Several different types of fire-resistant curtains and air-tight doors may also have these descriptors.
Sometimes, it is inferred that these doors and curtains will provide a total barrier to retard the spread of both smoke and flame. In reality, no product on the market will act in this way. Most are designed to operate in conjunction with other passive measures in building-level fire safety procedures and manual activation or power operation.
Whether you need emergency maintenance or are looking for a new product, our solutions can help protect your business. A fully automatic fire curtain that can be extended in less than 15 seconds is the perfect solution to protect your property from a fire. A fire curtain provides you protection from fire and leaves you free to focus on ensuring the safety of your staff and customers.
Fire and smoke curtain Repair:
We offer various options for repairs, from same-day reactive works to pre-planned repair works 24/7, 365 days a year. Fire and smoke curtains already in use may have parts worn from use and neglected over the years, such as tears in the curtain. In this case, we can identify the issue and replace the necessary parts to ensure the curtain is back working as best as possible, prolonging the product's life.
Fire and smoke curtain Service
We recommend that fire and smoke curtains be serviced at least every 12 months due to the amount of usage to ensure everything is in good safe working order. Our service contract options allow you to find potential issues that we can rectify before they become problematic and potentially dangerous, such as tears in the curtain fabric that could affect the fire integrity. We offer contracts at various lengths to suit each customer's requirement.
Fire and smoke curtain installations
Door and Dock Solutions is a full-service company offering the complete replacement or repair of your existing smoke or fire curtain system. Before any curtain replacements, a thorough assessment and visual inspection of your smoke or fire curtain will be performed and tested if existing fire and smoke curtains are old and damaged from years of use and are causing frequent problems. A new installation might be the most cost-effective and best which we can adapt to suit your needs. Contact us to discuss your requirements.
We offer a wide array of original and top-quality replacement parts and components for your existing systems. We will install these replacements by factory-trained service team members per the manufacturer guidelines.
Fire and Smoke Curtain Service and Maintenance Checklist
Our team is ready to do a site survey in your facilities in Houston, Texas. You see these curtains commonly used in airports, assurance buildings, automotive industry, banks, barracks, canteens, car dealerships, car parks, cinemas, cold storage rooms, commercial properties, food industry, furniture and hardware stores, historical monuments, homes for the elderly, hospitals, hotels, industrial plants, kindergartens, museums, office buildings, public buildings, residential buildings, schools, shopping centers, timber industry, town halls, train stations, training centers, underground train stations, universities, warehouses.
Our routine fire curtain service is completed according to manufacturers' recommendations. These checks and adjustments can pick up on obvious problems, thereby avoiding the need for emergency callouts in the future that will result in severe downtime and a massive bill. We carry most replacement spare parts in our service vehicles and additional stock parts in our factory, reducing the cost of other callouts for repair and the amount of time you need to wait before getting the parts you need.Planned preventative maintenance as per our recommendations and comprises the following critical tasks:
Monthly Testing [by Client]
- Ensure Service Staff have received training from Curtain Manufacturer and Supplier.
- Check that all curtains are free of obstructions within their descent path.
- Check that there have been no additions to walls or surfaces in the vicinity or in the descent path which could interfere with the curtain deployment.
- Operate all units from the Control Unit(s).
- Ensure all curtains deploy to their Fire Operational.
- Visually inspect curtains for signs of damage.
- Reset the system and ensure all curtains retract to their fire-ready position.
- Enter test time, date, and inspector's name on the record sheet.
- Report any operational difficulties or failures to Door and Dock Solutions.
Repeat monthly operation
- Check the condition of all bottom bars and their interface with the ceiling.
- Check operation of curtains under "Power and Gravity Fail-Safe" modes.
- Inspect the integrity of all curtains in the down position for tears, snagging, stitching, etc.
- Check correct operation of all LEDs at all controls.
- Check mechanical action in the side guides etc. (where applicable).
- Check additional controls operational (where applicable).
- Indicate alarm signal source.
- Fire alarm contact
- Key switch contact to the fire alarm
- Visual inspection of all wiring, connections, and control equipment for evidence of damage, wear, interference, etc.
- Battery Load Test
- D.C. signal voltage test
- Loop voltage
- Transformer and line voltage
- Delayed reset control and timers
- Visual inspection of curtain fabric for damage
- Perform cycle test on curtain system for efficient and safe operation per NFPA 105 and 80 guidelines
- Spray anti-static solution on printed circuit boards
- Perform fire drop test
- Delayed reset control and timers
- Charger card output check
- Ascent load amps check
- Complete inspection report and issue to the client.
- Video/Photograph Curtain Drop Test, Curtain Open, Curtain deploys, Curtain Close for internal Door and Dock solutions records.
Any un-repaired damage can lead to many potential problems, from Health and Safety to security issues. These could have a significant impact on the day-to-day running of your business. Contact our service department today for assistance on  232 – 9150 for reliable, industry-standard fire and smoke curtain service and maintenance.