You and your family rely on your electrical wiring to supply you with all of your great modern luxuries in your home. Unfortunately, if your home is older than 10 years of age, there is a high potential that you have out of dated wiring and may be putting your home and family at significant risk. Too often this problem goes uncorrected until it is too late because your wiring is out of sight and often out of mind.
Listed below are some of the top dangers that can come with old electrical wiring in your home:
Circuits are easily overloaded: As time has gone by we have increased the amount of electrical appliances we use, and the frequency in which we use them. Older systems were not designed to handle as much electrical capacity as we need today. This often results in your electrical system becoming overwhelmed and overloaded. Whenever you overload your electrical wiring it becomes dangerous in more than one way. This is because one, it will be unable to accommodate your needs and will shut down, this can come with consequences to your appliances, especially computers. Secondly, your wiring will heat up, getting warmer and warmer as it struggles to fulfill your electrical needs. This reaction of heating increases your risk of a fire.
Aging Protection: Up until about ten years ago, most home’s electrical wiring systems used a rubber protective coating for the wires. Unfortunately, this rubber protective coating is not strong and over time will deteriorate to point that it crumbles away. Without this protective coating your wire will become exposed, increasing the chance of fire in your home. The modern wires we use today are coated in PVC. PVC poses a much smaller risk of deteriorating and leaving exposed wires. If your home was built anytime over ten years ago, you might want to look into getting it rewired.
Outlet shortage: Are you overloading your home with extension cords? Is every outlet being forced to pull the weight of three outlets? Old electrical wiring for homes was designed based on a far smaller need for electricity, often meaning that older homes can prove a bit of a challenge when it comes to getting all of your power needs met, frequently requiring the extensive use of power cords. Power cords should only ever be used for short-term situation, as they pose a significant safety risk, so rather than have to navigate all of those cords everyday, bite the bullet and get your home rewired, as it will be the safest thing for everyone who lives at your house.
It won’t pass inspection: Even if you aren’t experiencing any noticeable issues with your wiring, if your wiring is old and you are planning on selling your home one day, it won’t pass inspection until you have the wiring redone. Today’s safety standards are far higher than those of the ‘50s or even the ‘80s, so if you are thinking of selling, talk to your the electricians at Texas Electrical about what would be involved in having the rewiring done.
Texas Electrical proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Bellaire, Houston, Katy, Piney Point Village, Southside Place, Hedwig Village, Hunters Creek Village, Missouri City, Richmond and West University Place. For all of your electrical needs, contact Texas Electrical today!
Texas Electrical Residential Contractors, LLC.
12031 Reedcrest St
Houston, TX 77085