Written by Larry Cook

Take the Right Steps When Rewiring Your Home – Part 1

Replacing and upgrading the wiring of a home is a big project, but it is often needed to ensure your safety. If you are planning a remodel or renovation, rewiring should also be considered because including this during the remodel will save money. This will also allow a homeowner to bring the electrical system up to code and increase capacity to meet modern demands. Modernizing a house’s electrical system will be expensive, and the assistance of licensed electrical contractor will be required. 

When Upgrading is Necessary

An upgrade of electrical wiring will be inconvenient for those who live in a home. However, it is usually needed to ensure safety, improve performance, and attain the normal resale value of your home. Fortunately, working with experienced electricians on a good plan before starting a project will lessen how disruptive it will be to your family.

If lights turn on and the appliances and electronics get power, does it mean your electrical system is perfectly fine? Although functional, its wiring may be dated and degraded, especially if your home was built more than 40 years ago.

Old Wiring Safety Problems

According to National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) research, the top cause of home fires is defective wiring. The probability that the wiring of an older home is faulty and unsafe grows as time passes, and regular safety inspections should be performed by a licensed electrician to ensure safety.

Older wires, such as knob and tube wiring from the beginning of the 20th century, may not be necessarily dangerous even though they are obsolete. What makes dated wiring problematic is that they are no longer up to code and their components may have deteriorated in such a way that they compromise safety. For example, wire insulation gradually degrades as time passes to the point an electrical fire may result from exposed wiring.

Part 2 will cover Warning Signs, Aluminum Wiring, and Increasing Capacity.

Electrical Peace of Mind

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For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.