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Should You Rewire Your Home?

Author: Robert Smith
by Robert Smith
Posted: May 14, 2014
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Wiring that is faulty, raggedy, shabby or old will not live up to the demands that our high consumption, 21st century lifestyles require. In fact, old wiring is not just inconvenient; it also poses as a safety hazard. While rewiring a home can be an enormous job, but when you take into consideration the safety factor, you may not have any choice in the matter. The question at this point is: how do you figure out whether or don’t you need to rewire your home?

Here are some things to consider about the wiring of your home:

  • When wiring is old, it can deteriorate. On average, homes in America are a little over 30 years old. Therefore if your home is not a new construction and you have not changed out any of the wiring, then you are probably living with old wiring that should be replaced.
  • If your wiring system has been around since the 80’s or worse yet, since the 70’s, 60’s or before, then it certainly is not designed to handle high demands of the electricity that we use today. The electric systems of the 20th century are just not adequate enough for the amount and sizes of electrical appliances that we are accustomed to use in today’s technology era. In a home with an old electrical system, the electric that your family uses without even thinking about it could be causing tension on the wiring.
  • If you decide to sell your house, lenders as well as buyers are going to want to know about the electrical system. Is it safe? Adequate? Will it meet the high demands of today’s electrical and technological era? If your home still has an old wiring system, it may not meet the standards that the National Electric Code set out. It could break the sale of a home.
  • If you are overloading the outlets around your house, you are creating an electrical hazard that could cause electrical shock, fire, or overheating of the wires. When you rewire your house, you will have the opportunity to add more switches and outlets, which allows you to update appliances or add more technological equipment such as big screen televisions, home theater systems and computer systems.
  • If you happen to see electrical cables that are worn, cords or outlets that heat up when you are using them, experience electrical shocks from switches, sockets, or your appliances, notice regularly blown fuses, frequent power outages, or do not have any three pronged outlets in your house, these are signs that you should think about rewiring your home.

If rewiring your home is something on your plate for near future, you probably do not want to go the do-it-yourself route, because unless you are an experienced electrician, you are just not qualified for the job at hand by yourself. Make sure that this job is done correctly and contact an electrician in Naperville to handle the rewiring of your home.

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