4 Ways To Tell If Your Home Needs Rewiring

Ways To Tell If Your Home Needs Rewiring

When was your home built? If it’s an older home, it may need rewiring.

According to the US Fire Administration, 7 percent of all injuries and 11 percent of deaths sustained in residential building fires result from electrical malfunction. And because these fires often ignite in homes built 50 years ago or more, age is often the determining factor.

Older wiring was simply not meant to hold the electrical load that is typical today in our modern homes. Head back in time to the 1950s, 1960s or even 1970s and you’ll find we didn’t have the modern electrical conveniences we do today. One electrical outlet per wall, per room, was commonplace.

Yet today we often have multiple things plugged in at once in one area. In-home theaters can have television and audio units vying for electricity. Kitchens can have multiple refrigerators and ovens, along with a variety of appliances for convenience. Even your bathroom can have lights, styling appliances and a variety of other electrical gadgets all needing electricity at the same time.

All of this causes the wires to heat. And if they are deteriorating, or aren’t properly insulated, the heat causes insulation and surrounding materials to catch fire.

Have you noticed any of these signs?

Your circuit breaker trips frequently. The circuit breaker’s job is to prevent fires by “tripping” or cutting off electricity if it can’t handle the load.

You have several discolored outlets or switches. This is a sign there’s a short either caused by a loose connection or faulty wiring near the outlet or switch.

You have a persistent burning smell. Do you walk into a room and notice a burning smell? It could be faulty wiring. If you don’t notice anything near an outlet or switch, it could be internal wiring within the walls.

You have aluminum wiring. Aluminum wiring was popular in new construction from 1965 to 1973. Now it often fails and overheats and causes fires. You can tell if you have aluminum wiring if “AL” is on the wiring jacket.

Have any questions about your home wiring? The best place to start is by having a certified electrician evaluate your home and determine risks. Get a whole home electrical inspection today.

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