Posted on: 11 September 2015Share
After a fire, there are many facets to fire restoration that will get your home back to a livable condition. But for added protection, you should always consider these steps for preventing fires from recurring in the future.
Check Your Wires
After a fire, one of the things that can lead to fire recurrences quickly is faulty wires. The cables may be visibly melted after a fire, but this doesn't need to happen for electronics to become a fire hazard. Aside from cleaning appliances and electronics to remove soot, have a professional electrician check the grounding and wiring of all your devices.
Replace Walls with Flame Resistant Options
Some homeowners choose to simply remove creosote from their tarnished walls. However, a house fire is a great time to restore your walls to be even safer. Consider adding flame-resistant material to your burnt walls, such as flame-resistant resin or a firewall in between your walls.
Restoring Fire Suppression Systems
Your fire restoration professional should thoroughly check your fire suppression systems to make sure that they worked correctly during the fire, and that they are still working to protect your home. This is a good time to consider adding another layer of fire protection to your home. Fire extinguishers, heat-activated sprinklers, and gaseous sprinklers are all viable options for home use. Focus on sensitive areas, such as the kitchen, for maximum protection.
Cleaning Furnace and Air Conditioner HVAC Systems
Another key to preventing fires from recurring is to make sure that your vents are all clean. During a fire, your furnace and air conditioner can become clogged, which could be a major fire hazard. For instance, soot that gets trapped in your furnace's ductwork could cause heat to back up in your furnace and cause a fire.
Clean the Furnace
If you have a furnace, now is a good time to get a chimney cleaning to supplement your fire restoration efforts. A chimney provides an extra way for heat to escape your house in case of a fire; having this clear can reduce the intensity of house fires.
Cleaning your home's upholstery, throwing away canned goods that were exposed to the fire, and removing soot from walls are all important steps in their own right for fire restoration. However, actually preventing future fires is a critical step for restoring your home to a great condition. Make sure that your fire restoration professional, such as Western Skies Restoration Inc, follows the steps above to create a safer home for you.