The electrical systems in your home are some of the most important in the house. Electricity is really what distinguishes a modern home and you should be sure that this system is in good condition. A rewiring project for the entire house is an extremely large project and requires a professional electrician to carry out. If you have problems with your home electrical system, you may not need to have the entire home rewired. Depending on the nature of the problem and how old the electrical system in, your home electrical system may only require more minor repairs rather than a complete rewiring.
If you are rewiring a home, always consult a professional electrician first and get an estimate of the cost and scope of the job. Having this information can help you to plan the specific changes you want to make during the project and better understand the pricing and time frames for the rewiring. Older homes with outdated or faulty wiring will likely require more time and possibly a greater cost than more recent constructions. Here are some things to look out for when inspecting the wiring of your home.
- Check for Loose Switches
Switches that are loose or malfunctioning could mean that wire contacts are coming apart. This is a sign that you may need to have your wiring inspected by a professional electrician and possibly consider having the home rewired.
- Warm Switches and Outlets
Switches other than dimmer switches should not feel warm to the touch. Outlets as well should not feel warm. This could be a sign that the wiring is faulty and in need to replacement or inspection from an electrician.
- Loose Plugs
A plug in an outlet that does not fit tightly can be a fire hazard. This may be a result of worn contacts and can cause electrical arcs and damage the wiring throughout the house.
- Signs of Rust
Anytime there is a sign of rust on electrical panels, plugs, or switches, you should treat the system as suspect and have it inspected. The presence of rust indicates the presence of water and this could be disastrous for the electrical system.