When to Consider Rewiring Your Home
Posted on October 15, 2014 by Oozle Media
The electrical systems in your home are some of the most important in the house. Every home needs proper wiring, lighting, and electrical management. Depending on who wired your home, it might be time for a re-do. If you have problems with your home electrical system, you may not need to have the entire home rewired, and you’ll need to have a professional perform an inspection to determine what is necessary. Depending on the nature of the problem and how old the electrical system is it may only require more minor repairs rather than a complete rewiring.
How To Know Your Home Needs a Re-Wire
Before you can rewire a home you will need to perform an inspection. Once you have an idea of what will need to be done consult a professional electrician 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 Older homes with outdated or faulty wiring will likely require more time and possibly a greater cost than more recent constructions. Look for the following during your home wiring inspection!
Check for Loose or Worn Light Switches
Switches that are pulling away from the wall, cracked, 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.
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.
JP Electrical Can Help
Rewiring your home can increase the resale value, improve the quality of your time there, and can also prevent dangerous hazards. Though it may not have any visible problems there are often damaged wires hiding in your walls and ceilings. Perform this quick inspection and don’t hesitate to call us if you would like to rewire your home! We are licensed professional contract electricians equipped to rewire any size and type of home!