Smoke & Fire Damper Inspection

– Locate each damper and confirm that it is in a rated barrier.

– Conduct a physical and visual inspection of all damper components to verify the equipments functionality.

– Make adjustments or install replacement components as required.

– Label and date each damper.

– Submit an inspection report for each damper.

– Submit a summary list of deficient dampers, which includes: damper location, nature of damage, corrective action and repair cost budget.

 FIRE/SMOKE DAMPERS – Under NFPA 90A all fire/smoke dampers are to be inspected one year after installation and then every subsequent six years thereafter for inpatient facilities and every four years for all other types of facilities.

 The following services are offered for all fire/smoke damper projects, all services can be adjusted in accordance to the clients needs:


 o Verification of damper location.

 o Label damper location and ID# on ceiling grid and life safety drawings.

 o Tag damper using Rpm, LLC label identifying the following:

» Damper ID#

» Inspection Date

» Pass, Fail or Non Accessible Rating

 o Determination of access to damper, access door, damper blades and external components.

 o Picture of damper in its current state “Before”. (optional)

 o Clean each damper of any debris that would impede normal operation.

 o Lubricate damper track to ensure proper operation.

 o Removal of fusible link.

 o Picture of damper in its closed state “After”. (optional)

 o If fusible link is damaged, painted over or the incorrect rating it shall be replaced with a new fusible link.

 o If the damper is a smoke or combination type damper the power source shall be removed from its actuator in order to verify damper closure.

 o If the testing of the damper fails or is inaccessible a best solutions recommendation will be given for correction at a later time.

 o Solutions to inaccessible dampers; installation of access doors, relocation of dampers, rated wall reconfiguration, fire rated duct insulation, etc…

 o Damper assessment spreadsheet detailing ID, location, damper type, fusible link rating, pass/fail status, correction recommendation and additional comments.


 o Installation of sheet metal access doors.

 o Installation of access doors in solid ceilings.

 o Installation of rated access doors in shaft-walls.

 o Relocation of of fire/smoke dampers and sheet metal modifications.

 o Installation, repairs and/or replacement of damper assembly, actuators and/or linkage.

 o Install rated duct insulation in the event the damper is located to far from rated wall.

 Click here for the City of Houston Test Procedure.