Are You a Contractor Who’s Rebuilding Homes Lost to Fires? Here’s What You Should Know

Sonoma, CA, and surrounding areas have been devastated by fires for the past two years – while also dealing with the strain of the pandemic. As a general contractor or architect, we’re sure you’ve heard some tragic stories of Bay Area residents losing their homes to fire and needing you to help them rebuild all or part of their residences.

When you get assigned these projects, you’re building more than just a new place to live for fire victims. You’re helping them rebuild their lifestyle and setting them up for renewed success.

Though open-air forest fires get the most national attention, electrical fires pose risks. Make sure you’re positioning your rebuild clients for safe, reliable electric setups. We’ll give you a few pointers below, so stay tuned.

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Design and Engineering

Proper safety in electrical setups requires extensive planning. We advise homeowners to show us their preferences for where they might want lighting, AV, and more, even before we all meet up for the electrical walk-through. This includes a blueprint of where we might put fixtures, display and sound equipment, and furniture. We’ll also look at preferred locations for light switches, outlets, and home automation panels.

Here’s where our collaboration comes in handy. After we discuss the design of our client’s home, we can meet with them to walk through our recommendations. You’ll be able to help us by showing us where you plan to install architectural details like beams and rafters, so we can better understand what we’ll have to avoid when running wires.

 

Electrical Safety

As we mentioned above, electrical fires make up a large percentage of the Napa Valley fires – the third leading cause, in fact. Though you can’t mitigate risks like downed power lines, you can do your part to promote safety within the client’s own home. As licensed electricians, we know how to meet all required safety codes and properly install safety add-ons like ground fault circuit interrupters. We’ll also set up your home for the optimal wattage per the devices installed.

 

Installation Partnership

Here at Summit Technology group, we have the whole suite of custom integration professionals, from expert electricians to top-of-the-line Control4 integrators. We partner with many local architects and contractors just like you for the mutually beneficial expertise we can lend each other. Every Summit electrician you work with is a full-time employee, so you can rely on our quality standards in every collaboration. Summit Technology Group also provides complete electrical design and engineering services to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Leave the electrical installation work to us so you can get back to helping your clients design their new start!

 

Contact Us Today!

Rebuilding a fire-safe home for a Bay Area client? Summit Technology Group can help. Our team comprises seasoned electricians and installers serving Sonoma County. We treat the root causes of electrical problems and partner with top local contractors for top results. To schedule an electrical inspection, call (707) 542-4773.