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Get Your Rolling Steel Fire Door Tested

Posted by Jeff Myers on Apr 22, 2016 11:07:00 AM

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If your commercial building has a rolling fire doorNFPA 80 and Model Codes require that it be tested and inspected. During the inspection, doors must demonstrate proper operation, full closure, and proper reset. Tests are meant to assure protection of walls, floors, and ceilings against the spread of smoke and fire in and out of the building. The following checks must be performed during fire drop testing.

Fire Door Drop Testing

Inspection: A technician will visually inspect the system to determine if anything is hazardous or could cause a problem or affect operation or resetting.

Operational Check: The technician will also watch how the door operates as it opens and closes. If the door is imbalanced, it will need to be corrected. Any damaged parts will be replaced. The door should be left to function properly once the operational check is complete.

Drop Test: The drop test is given to assure that the fire door will close on its own in an emergency situation. Closing speed must be between six and 24 inches per second.

Drop Test Form: The correct forms and paperwork must be filled out for the customer’s file, and a verification letter will be sent if necessary.

Preventive Maintenance Service Contracts

Ask your garage door technician about the possibility of signing a service contract that allows you to have your commercial door inspected and tested regularly to keep it functioning and operating properly. A WD Door service contract allows you to schedule appointments at your convenience as needed. We will chart all doors throughout your building, adding numbers for easy reference. We will also survey the brand name, model, spring, drum, track, and cable size and length of all doors.

During inspection, all hardware hinges, couplings, operator sprockets, and drums will be tightened. We will also check and make any necessary adjustments to the following:

  • Safety equipment
  • Treadle hoses
  • Related equipment and controls
  • Rollers
  • Bearings
  • Tracks and track hardware
  • Cables
  • Chains and shafts
  • Operator clutch
  • Limit switches
  • Brakes
  • Springs
  • Limit assemblies

WD Door Garage Door Technicians

Our garage door techs are certified, professional, and knowledgeable. They’re OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certified and receive ongoing industry training to keep up to date on the latest advancements in garage door design, technology, and operation.


Commercial Garage Door Service in Des Moines

Regular preventive maintenance will keep your commercial door running more efficiently longer. Extend the life of your door and avoid costly repairs by getting your door inspected and tuned up every six months (or more often depending on how frequently it is used). Contact us to schedule an appointment, get a quote, or learn more about our preventive maintenance service contracts.


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WD Door is a privately owned overhead door and operator company with over 25 years experience in both residential and commercial fields. We work closely with both our customers and manufacturers to ensure high quality overhead door products and customer service.

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