Make improvements to your home's electrical system a part of your new year's resolutions. Specifically, start the new year off right by evaluating if you need a home rewiring.
In fact, outdated or worn-out electrical wiring is a top cause for electrical fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are approximately 45,000 residential electrical fires each year, and January is considered a peak month for electrical fires.
With this in mind, we can help put a freeze to your electrical safety concerns by exploring 5 frequently asked questions about home wiring.
1. How do I know if my house needs to be rewired?
Home wiring can deteriorate over time. In fact, both a new house that's just been moved into or a house that's been lived in for years can experience electrical problems from wiring issues.
One of the most common reasons for electrical problems from home wiring stems from age and specifically having a home built prior to the 1950s. In addition, improper upkeep of wiring can also be an indication that your house needs to be rewired.
2. What are the signs that my house needs to be rewired?
While it's challenging to ascertain internal electrical problems, there are some classic signs that can tell you if your house needs to be rewired (without having to open up the walls).
The following are signs that your house may need rewiring:
● Dimming or flickering lights
● Tripping circuit breaker
● Burning smell or the strange odor
● Sparks from an outlet when plugging/unplugging a cord
● Exposed (frayed or chewed) wiring
If you notice any of these signs in your home, it's best to speak with a licensed electrician and schedule service now. The longer you wait, the riskier it becomes, and it can impact your home's safety, including even increased chances of an electrical fire.
3. How often should a home be rewired?
It's important to ensure that your wiring is safe and updated. Some older wiring may use materials that are no longer considered suitable, such as lead cabling or rubber sheathing.
As a rule of thumb, a home may require a rewiring if it is over 20 years old. This is how you make sure it's up-to-date with regulations and code requirements.
4. Which type of wire is best for the home?
When it comes to electrical wiring, you should think about the material. Copper wiring is considered the best type of wire for your home, as it is an excellent conductor, non-corrosive, and ductile, and malleable.
At certain points throughout history, aluminum wiring was used in homes. And, unfortunately, there are significant fire risks associated with aluminum wiring.
If you think your home has aluminum wiring, it's essential to schedule a consultation with a licensed electrician today, as there are fire risks with this kind of outdated wiring.
5. How long will the rewiring take?
Home rewiring can take, on average from 3 - 10 days. By understanding several factors, including the size and age of your home, we can determine a more exact amount of time it will take.
As you can see, whether you've just moved into a new house or you've been in your current house for a long time, you may need to make rewiring a part of your new year's resolution.
Old or ill-maintained home wiring could lead to electrical problems later this year that impact your comfort, health, and safety. At Estes Services, we want to make sure you have a Happy New Year with your home's electrical systems.
That's why, if you think it's time for a home rewiring, make it a part of your New Year's resolution. We can help. Schedule service with us today. From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year with electrical safety. It's that Easy; It's Estes!