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What Is the WDS Process?
Wildfire Defense Systems can provide a wide array of services to help protect your home. Here’s a deeper dive into the work they may take on — to help keep your home for safe. †
Non-destructive fuel mitigation around the property
One key pillar in protecting your home from wildfires is in the reduction or elimination of organic fuel and other combustible items that might ignite if embers from a fire were to come into contact with them.
Although WDS won’t typically cut down trees near your property, they will remove pine needles, dead leaves, wood mulch and other debris that pose a fire risk to your home. Their specialists may also remove combustible items and debris from your roofs and gutters.
Removal of combustible items around your home
WDS may also move exterior materials like patio furniture, umbrellas and propane tanks to safer locations — if these items are situated close to your home. These may include:
- Pine needles
- Wood patio furniture
- Flammable items like propane tanks and gas cans
Sprinkler system set‐up
WDS may deliver and set up portable water tanks, pumping apparatus, and sprinkler systems around your home. After initial setup, they may return later to verify the system is working correctly. These systems spray water on and around the home to decrease the chance of ignition.
Sealing non‐mechanical home vents
By preventing windblown embers from entering into exposed areas of your home — like the soffits, ridge line, gable ends, and attic vents — the risk of fire on your property can be reduced.
Normally, these passive airflow systems allow outside air to circulate in the attic or crawlspaces of a home and help to remove moisture. But during wildfires, those openings can allow embers into the interior of your home where fires can start. If these vents can’t be closed mechanically, WDS specialists will apply fire resistive tape or other materials to prevent the entrance of windborne embers into vulnerable areas of your home.
Application of fire‐blocking gel and/or retardant
In some cases, WDS may mow and remove tall grass around your home to create a “vegetative firebreak,” if needed. They may also spray a fire-retardant foam to slow or stop the spread of wildfires around the perimeter of your home.
Fire blocking gel is a non-toxic, fire-preventing and heat-absorbing Class A fire-retardant gel that WDS may use to help protect your home and property. The gel adheres directly to a house or structure and can help to quickly extinguish any flames or burning materials that come into contact with the gel.
By creating a gelled water barrier, it effectively helps protect a home or structure for several hours — and may prevent a home or structure from ignition. The gel can be rehydrated to extend its use. Although used as a last resort when fighting a fire, fire blocking gel is proven to be effective because it adheres to smooth surfaces, such as glass, in addition to other common homebuilding materials.
Protecting structures from post‐fire threats
Did you know that more than 50 percent of fire damage to homes occurs after wildfires have initially swept through? In the wake of a wildfire, WDS may return to your home — once it’s deemed safe to do so.
They’ll attempt to extinguish nearby hot spots and smoldering areas that pose a fire threat to your property. This important step can further protect your home from significant damage.
Returning to Clean Up and Restore Moved Items
After the wildfire threat has passed, WDS crew will return to your home to remove the fire-blocking gel. This is done by using a light washing process with water. The gel is safe for homes and the environment: it’s made of about 98% water and can be used on all types of trees and vegetation.
They’ll also remove fire-blocking tape and other physical barriers they’d previous installed. The crew will then return furniture and other combustible items that were moved earlier.
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Wildfire Defense Systems FAQs
You may have questions about how WDS operates — we’ve got your answers: