Rewiring your home can be a daunting concept to most homeowners. Most homeowners find they have an issue with popping breakers, non-functional switches, light bulbs that always burn out or loose outlets. These issues may seem innocuous and minor to a new or old homeowner but they can be signs of failing aged wiring. If the wiring continues to fail over time your risk of electrical fire can increase. If you experience issues like this then always contact a professional licensed electrician that can evaluate your home’s wiring and give you solutions that fit your budget. Rewiring your home doesn’t have to be a drastic life altering circumstance. Safety is always the first concern when it comes to your home’s electrical system.
What are the Warning Signs of Bad Wiring?
There is an enormous list of warning signs for bad wiring. The potential problems are varied and very case specific but the following list is a general guideline to give you an idea of what to expect in a badly wired home or one that is starting to fail. For more warning signs refer to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission highlights for signs of faulty wiring. The Guide to Home Wiring Hazards
- 1. Frequently blown fuses or tripped breakers.
- 2. Arcs, sparks or lights when you shut switches off/on. (This is easily seen in a dark room when turning the lights on)
- 3. Cracked of worn insulation on exposed wiring.
- 4. Light bulbs that frequently pop in the same socket or multiple sockets in the same location.
- 5. Dimming or flickering when you plug other appliances into nearby sockets.
- 6. Burning smell and/or loose outlets and switches.
What are the Risks of Ignoring Faulty Home Wiring?
Not sure that faulty wiring is an issue for your home? Consider these facts gained from the U.S. Fire Administration.
- 1. U.S. Fire Departments respond each year to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration Office.
- 2. Home electrical fires in the U.S. cause an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries and $1.1 billion dollars in property damage.
- 3. 39% of all home electrical fires involve outlets, receptacles, interior house wiring and other electrical wiring.
My House is Fine, I Have No Signs
It is always a good idea to have your home’s electrical system inspected periodically. While electrical codes can vary form state to state and even county to county, there are always common situations that warrant an inspection from a professional licensed electrician. Ask yourself the following questions, if you answer yes to any of them consider having a licensed professional inspect your home wiring.
- Is my home more then 40 years old?
- Does my home have ungrounded, two prong outlets?
- Does my home have aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring?
- Do I use any extension cables on a permanent basis?
- Have I made any major home improvements?
- Have I recently purchased any large home appliances like stoves, washers/dryer, refrigerator or hvac equipment?