Even the most expensive and beautiful homes can be secretly damaged. How? There may be outdated, old and dangerous electrical wiring that is quietly hidden within your home’s beautifully decorated walls. Even if you have not noticed anything weird or unusual like flickering lights, sparks, warm outlets and unexpected outages, the wiring could still be unsafe.
So, if your home is more than 30 years old, it may be time for you to consider updating the electrical system in your home. This will help to ensure your home remains safe. It will not be a cheap update, but it is definitely worth it because you will know that you are making your family’s safety a top priority. Another bonus is that the updated electrical system will help increase the value of your home.
Of course, this does not necessarily mean that every older home has bad electrical wiring. However, unless the walls are opened and the wires are inspected, Is the electrical wiring deteriorating and is not up to code? Well, you will not know this unless the system is inspected.
You can hire a licensed contractor to evaluate the system and determine if a new electrical system is needed in the home. This should be one of your top priorities if your home is 30 years or older. However, there are some red flags that may present themselves, and if you begin to notice them, you should contact an electrician and schedule an appointment.
Some of these red flags are:
• A burning smell coming from a particular room or an appliance
• The lights in the home dim or flicker unexpectedly
• The fuse box blows often
• The circuit breaker trips often
Look For Aluminum Wiring
It is also important to check to see if aluminum wiring is installed in the home. This type of wiring was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and it was installed in many homes. Although popular in the 40 or 50 years, it is now considered to be a safety hazard. Aluminum wiring can become very loose over time and it can overheat. This can lead to fires.
This means that your entire electrical system will need to be replaced. Or, copper connections can be placed on the circuit breakers and receptacles.
It may be necessary to update the electrical wiring simply because the power demand for your home has increased. The average person has at least two mobile devices, and when you multiply that by other members of the household, the wiring may no longer be able to keep up.
You may also need more electrical outlets in your home. If so, do not become dependent on power strips and extension cords. Instead, have a professional electrician install outlets in the home.
The most common reason for fires in the home is due to faulty wiring. Therefore, it is important to inspect the wires in your home before it is too late. Although it is labor intensive and costly renovation, it is worth it to ensure the safety and security of your family and your home.