A fire extinguisher can put out a fire in your kitchen, or help you clear out a fire long enough for you to get out of your house so that you can be safe. Once that fire extinguisher has been used, you have to do something with it. You can get rid of it and get a new extinguisher or you can look into fire extinguisher recharging.
Recharging an Extinguisher
Recharging an extinguisher means that it is being refilled with whatever extinguishing material the extinguisher was filled with in the first place. There are a number of materials that are used to put out fires, depending on what class the extinguisher is and what kind of fire it is designed to put out. A fire extinguisher should be recharged after it has been used, even if it wasn't completely emptied because a partial discharge can cause leakage and damage the fire extinguisher. A full extinguisher is going to need to be examined and possibly recharged periodically in order to make sure that the extinguisher is going to be ready to use when it is needed.
No matter what kind of extinguishing material is in the extinguisher, the process of recharging the extinguisher is going to be pretty much the same. It is something that you can do on your own, but it is probably better to let professionals handle it because you don't want to risk any mishaps or mistakes being made while the extinguisher is being refilled.
- Inspection: The first part of the recharging process is inspecting the extinguisher. That will make sure that the extinguisher wasn't damaged while it was being used or while it was being stored and waiting to be used.
- Cleaning: After the extinguisher has been inspected, it needs to be cleaned. All the residue from the usage of the extinguisher needs to be cleaned off. The reason for doing that is because the residue can gunk everything up and make it so that the new material can't get out of the nozzle or that the trigger will get stuck when it's being used. It's not very difficult to do in order to make sure that everything is clean, but it's not a step to miss.
- Charging: If you are going to charge it yourself, then you need to have a pressurizing machine as well as the extinguishing material. This isn't something that most people have access to. The professionals will have it and will be able to do the job for you.
If you used a fire extinguisher, you need to either get a new one or have the old one recharged.