Decabling is the process of removing decommissioned cable (cable being replaced) during an upgrade or rewiring project. The NFPA has established regulations governing decabling and it’s importance for long term safety. While decabling requirements are well established, many contractors skip this important step, and enforcement is lacking.

As part of our ongoing commitment to safety, Axiom Solutions removes all decommissioned cable from walls and ceilings during upgrade and expansion projects. To understand decabling’s role in safety, it is important to consider the risks posed by decommissioned cable. If left behind in walls and ceilings, decommissioned cables can:

  • Fuel Fires
    Decommissioned cable acts as dangerous fuel for fires, giving off noxious smoke which inhibits evacuation and can harm occupants and equipment.
  • Contribute to Structural Failures
    The weight and bulk of decommissioned cable can pose a burden to structures, and in extreme cases has contributed to structural failures in ceilings.
  • Compromise Fire Containment
    Each penetration of cable through a fire rated wall must be properly firestopped for that wall to maintain it’s intended fire rating. Many decommissioned cable installations are not properly firestopped, compromising safety to occupants and equipment. 

Make sure the contractor you choose is as committed to safety as you are. At Axiom, we don’t wait for an inspector or regulatory commission to tell us what we have to do. We decable because it is the right thing to do.


Turn to the experts at Axiom Solutions for all of your Structured Network Cabling, Fiber Optic Cabling and Fire Containment needs.


Structured Network Cabling

  • Copper Cat 5e / Cat 6 / Cat 6e / Cat 7 Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP)
  • Single Mode and Multi Mode Fiber Optic Cabling
  • Complete Solutions for Data Networks, Telecommunications, Physical Security Systems and Audio/Video Systems

Fire Containment

  •  Vulnerability Audits
  • Fire Separation Evaluations and Recommendations
  • Installation of Firestop Assemblies
  • Firestop System Inspections