Monday, January 21, 2013
Misters As Possible Wildfire Mitigation
I did some research after he left and I have to agree with him. Decks and exterior exposed wood are hard to protect from flying embers than can travel up to 1/4 mile. If one lands on an exposed deck and sets it on fire the fire will travel to your home. I didn't think that the drip system would work as well as the mister. If a mist line is run under the eves it could keep the entire area under it wet and less prone to catch fire. The only down side I can find would be if the power company cut power for some reason and you couldn't pump water from your well. The good side is misters only take a little water so if you are on a well system using them won't drain your well and you should have plenty of water for the system to run for several days.
I consider this system as a good option to round out a home that has already done good wildfire protection. I think it is a worthy consideration. The company I researched has misting kits from $40-120.00 depending on length. 25 feet would be the $40.00 kit and $120.00 for the 50 foot system. If you covered a 50 X 50 foot house it would cost $480.00 total which is pretty reasonable to protect your home. It sets up in minutes and hook up to a garden hose. Worth considering in my opinion.