What is a Pipe Wrap?
At FPC, we offer intumescent pipe wraps that provide a discreet and cost-effective passive fire protection solution. The thin sheets of expandable material can be easily wrapped around the pipes, fitted with adhesive tabs ensuring secure sealing at any point along its length.
Not only are they less noticeable than traditional intumescent pipe collars but our wraps also offer added flexibility when it comes to installation and choosing where to place them for maximum effectiveness.
Forming a vital layer of protection for an array of commercial and industrial buildings, intumescent pipe wraps are designed to defend against the spread of fire through piping systems, particularly plastic pipework. Ideal for high-rise structures where time is essential in ensuring occupants’ safety, these wraps can provide up to four hours’ worth of resistance – providing a vital timeframe that can be used towards evacuation or other emergency response acts.
Our pipe wraps offer a cost-effective passive fire protection solution that is suitable for use wherever plastic pipes pass through both solid walls and floor slabs.
Do Pipe Wraps Work?
Intumescent pipe wraps are highly effective at preventing fire from spreading through the walls of a building, ultimately protecting it from structural damage. The intumescent material works by expanding and forming an insulating barrier when exposed to high temperatures, preventing the heat from travelling further through the combustible materials and stopping the spread of a fire.
It is important to note that intumescent pipe wraps are designed for one-time use and should be replaced after a fire incident has occurred in order to ensure that they still provide adequate protection.
The effectiveness of an intumescent pipe wrap insulation depends on its design, material selection and installation procedure. Our FPC wraps are tested to BS: 476 Pt 20-23 standards and manufactured to the highest standard to ensure efficient protection of up to four hours.
How Do You Fit an Intumescent Pipe Wrap?
Our flexible intumescent sleeves are easy to fit around plastic pipe work, with a few simple steps to follow:
- The intumescent material is enclosed in a plastic sleeve and secured by means of adhesive tabs.
- Slide the wrap up into the slab or wall. If the hole is larger once the wrap is in place, backfill the hole around the pipe and wrap using either a fire mortar, cement-based mix or other suitable material to contain the intumescent material and allow it to expand internally.
- For smaller gaps, make sure to use the Firesure® intumescent mastic sealant.
If properly installed, our pipe wraps can offer excellent protection against potential fires originating either outside, inside or travelling from other structures, helping to contain the spread of fires.