Across the US fire season has arrived and, with drought hitting hard, many owners need home hardening and junk removal to protect their homes and property.
High winds and ultra-dry conditions means that anything flammable near a home can become fuel. This is not the time of year to leave excess junk piled outside and near structures.
When the Winds Pick Up and the Temperature's Rising
Until a few years ago, many people had not previously given much thought to the danger of wildfires. Since then, many have developed an anxious habit of watching the winds and fire conditions in their counties.
Take the counties of the greater North Bay Area in California, for example.
According to an October, 2020 article from The Sacramento Bee,
Five of the 13 most destructive wildfires in state history sparked within the past five years in the Napa-Sonoma area: this year’s Glass and LNU Complex fires, the Tubbs Fire and Nuns Fire in October 2017 and the September 2015 Valley Fire. Those major blazes have combined for 34 confirmed deaths — 22 in the Tubbs Fire, five in the LNU Complex, four in the Valley Fire and three in the Nuns Fire.
Wildfires have always been part of the experience of in California, along with earthquakes. However, the last five years have seen some of the most destructive and deadliest wildfires in California’s modern history.
And, as the news story goes on to note,
Nearly 180 people have lost their lives since 2017. More than 41,000 structures have been destroyed and nearly 7 million acres have burned.
For a bit of perspective, that’s about the size of the entire state of Massachusetts. Of course, California isn't alone in living with the risk of wildfires and losing homes and lives.
According to data from the Insurance Information Institute (III),
In 2020 there were 58,950 wildfires compared with 50,477 in 2019, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. About 10.1 million acres were burned in 2020, compared with 4.7 million acres in 2019.
Home Hardening and Junk Removal
Home hardening is not a familiar concept to everyone although, tragically, it has become much more so for many residents of wildfire ravaged communities.
One source defines it this way,
Fire hardened means your home is prepared for wildfire and an ember storm. It does not mean fireproof. Home hardening addresses the most vulnerable components of your house with building materials and installation techniques that increase resistance to heat, flames, and embers that accompany most wildfires.
Homes with an adjacent and well-maintained defensible space - space that is free of junk and debris - have a much better chance of surviving wildfire. This is because many homes lost to wildfire are most often ignited by embers or small, low-intensity fires. Ember ignition can occur when embers enter the building through vents or an open window.
In addition to those far-flung burning embers carried on strong winds, near-by sources of embers can create conditions that increase the probability of a home igniting. Which is why outdoor junk removal is essential to maintaining defensible space.
The same source points out that,
We’ve learned from recent fires that hardening your home and keeping the 5 feet closest to your house clear of flammable materials greatly improves the chance of surviving a fire. Maintaining defensible space is the law within 100 feet of a home in wildfire-prone areas, and highly recommended elsewhere.
So, the question is who will you call to ensure that your outdoor junk and debris is safely and conveniently removed for you? The good news is that Junk King specializes in removing and hauling yard waste and debris, as well as old furniture, lawn equipment, and pretty much anything else you need to dispose of.
Junk King: Your Partners for Junk Removal and Home Safety
Junk King provides efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal services that makes the process easy for you. Our experienced junk and trash removal teams have the resources necessary to haul off those large boxes, lumber, and other junk items quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.
And, best of all, we do all the heavy lifting!
You simply point and we haul your trash items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
Or, if you prefer, we can set you up with one of our convenient rental dumpsters so you can load your junk on your schedule and at your pace. Three days later we'll come back, pick up the MINI Dumpster, and you're good to go!
Our professional and insured junk removal and disposal team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive at your home. And, once we’re there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your junk will take up in our truck or rental dumpster.
So, ready to get rid of that junk? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).