Firewall and Solid Door with Attached Garages

Thesa Chambers June 16, 2010

I can not tell you the number of times a buyer has a home inspection and one of the items that come up are that there are voids in the sheet rock on the wall the separates the home from the garage, sometimes the wall has no sheet rock at all.  The door between the garage and the home can be a concern also, as a buyer’s agent or a seller’s agent this is one of the repairs I encourage to be completed.

Tonight, the local news reported on a fire that hit home with me regarding why these two items are so important.  A local family experienced exactly why a good firewall is so important.  Because the home they lived in had a good firewall and a good fire door when their garage went up in smoke, the house was spared.

Whether you are selling your home or not – take a moment to take a look at the wall that separates your home and your garage – if there are areas not covered with sheet rock, get it taken care of – check the door and make sure it is a metal door or a solid core door.  These two items can save you, your family and your precious belongings.

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