Reduce Your Home's Smoke Damage Risk
The more you learn about smoke damage and its high repair costs, the more you realize that reducing your home's smoke damage risk is a smart move. Not counting house fires, common causes of smoke damage include: fireplaces, stoves and ovens, furnace "puff back," and smoke from nearby wildfires.
To reduce the risk of smoke damage from fireplaces, kitchen appliances, and furnaces, make sure to:
- Schedule regular chimney sweeping services
- Open your chimney flue whenever you use the fireplace
- Do not use your fireplace if it regularly spews smoke into your home
- Have your smoke-prone fireplace inspected and repaired
- Install and use a kitchen hood
- Have your furnace inspected and maintained each year
To reduce the risk of smoke damage for nearby wildfires:
- Maintain a tightly sealed home by installing weather-stripping materials and caulking any leaks and cracks that could allow smoke to penetrate your home
- Close all windows and doors, sealing any cracks or gaps with wet towels as needed
- Use plastic sheets or bags to seal roof and attic vents, crawl space vents, and other larger potential entry points.
- Close air conditioning registers or seal with plastic to protect the ductwork from smoke
These small steps may be sufficient to keep the smoke out. If you must evacuate in a hurry, your personal safety is far more important than sealing your home.