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Is It Time for a Wiring Upgrade?

Is It Time for a Wiring Upgrade?

One of the leading causes of residential fires is faulty wiring. You may not have experienced any electrical problems for as long as you’ve been in your home, but that doesn’t mean the wiring is safe. Chances are, your electrical system probably hasn’t been inspected since you purchased your home. If it’s 40 years or older, then an inspection every few years is a good idea.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, faulty residential electrical systems cause nearly 55,000 fires a year. This alarming statistic results in more than 500 deaths – and 1,400 injuries. Most of these fires could have easily been avoided with a simple electrical inspection.

A licensed electrician can properly assess the system and let you know whether the existing wiring needs to be replaced.

But before you call a professional, check for these warning signs:

  • Recurring Tripped Circuit Breakers/Blown Fuses
  • Outlet or Switch Doesn’t Work
  • Switches/Outlets Warm to the Touch
  • Tingling Sensation When an Appliance is Touched
  • Switches/Outlets Discolored
  • Switches/Outlets Making Noises
  • Flickering Lights
  • Two-Prong Underground Outlets Throughout House
  • Burning Odor/Sparks

A full rewiring project can be both expensive and invasive, so it’s important to prepare and do some research before pulling the trigger. Topics such as the kind of wiring you’d like are very important. Modern wiring includes data, communications, security and wireless components – in addition to electrical. A good electrician will be able to guide you through the various options available. We’ve compiled a list of other essentials to consider for a smoother and less time-consuming process.

A Rewiring Check List

  • Catalog Your Electrical Inventory

Make a list of all the appliances/devices you use in the house – and any you would like to add. A new electrical system should match the needs of your family – and this is a good opportunity to create a more practical environment.

  • Researching Local Codes and Pull Permits

Your licensed technician will be able to help you with all the local code and permit information, but an easy online search can help you with some advance planning. Local codes dictate everything from the number of outlets you’ll put in each room to the kind of wire you’ll be using.

  • Demolition/Reconstruction

Most any rewiring job will require a bit of demolition. You’ll want to plan in advance for restoration, especially if you own a home that has a specific look and feel.

  • Create a Work List

After you’ve done the requisite homework, you’ll want to create a complete list of the work that you would like done. Once you have a complete list, you will be able to better communicate your needs with the electrician and help coordinate a realistic work schedule.

A rewiring project is not something to take lightly.When you’ve decided to look into upgrading your wiring, give us a call!