A new home is the answer to so many of the fears involved in purchasing a house. It has brand new plumbing, perfectly up-to-date wiring, energy efficiency, no chance of wood rot, termites, roof leaks, and other headaches for years to come…
But many new homeowners are unaware that their newly built house puts them at higher risk of fire damage than if they lived in an older home. That makes a fire sprinkler system so much more important than ever.
Old homes do have more electrical problems, which puts them at higher risk of catching fire in the first place. However, new homes burn faster and bigger than most old homes ever would. First of all, the lighter, synthetic materials used in new homes are much more flammable than the materials used in the past. Also, the structure of new homes, with open floor plans, high ceilings, and lofts, gives a fire plenty of air, and easy access to the entirety of the house.
A new home without a sprinkler system faces much higher risk of being completely engulfed in the first few minutes. In contrast, older homes tend to take ten to fifteen minutes to get an all-encompassing blaze started. That gives firefighters the time to arrive and start to put out the flames.
The good news is that, thanks to legislation passed over the last few decades, new homes are almost always built with comprehensive sprinkler systems, ready to go. That means every small blaze is met with a concentrated dose of water, before it has the chance to spread anywhere else. That alone makes you safer in that new, flammable home, than you would ever be in a house without a fire sprinkler system.
If you have an open floor plan and would like us to evaluate and give recommendation on your specific threats and protection needs, please call us at: 1-800-800-ALARM or email us at: CustomerService@HueandCry.com.
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