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Ask The Expert: water softening equipment
11/01/2004 
 
Question:

Q I am a RainSoft Dealer and a subscriber to your magazine. We recently installed water softening equipment in a high-rise condo’s maintenance room. The local fire marshall is insisting we insulate the equipment so it conforms to a fire spread rating of 25 and smoke spread rating of 50 (if we cannot provide proof that it already does).

RainSoft’s engineers cannot supply such ‘proof’ as this is a rating that addresses HVAC and not softeners. Our equipment is ISO 9001 manufactured along with NSF, UL, WQA Gold Seal and IAMPO but none of these certifications are satisfactory to the fire marshall.

Any suggestions would be helpful!

Larry Collins
RainSoft
Naples, Fla.

 

Answer: 

A Do hope the worst of the hurricanes passed you by in Naples. Checking back through our files, this is the first time such a question has been posed by any of our readers. We contacted Peter S. Cartwright, P.E., CWS-V1 hoping that his extensive consulting experience would be brought to bear—his own practice includes clients across the country and around the globe. His answer? “I have never heard of a softener requiring a fire rating, and think it’s completely unreasonable,” he informed us, adding that you might try checking with the WQA to see if they’d ever come across the same demand. He encourages you to appeal to a higher authority.

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