07 Jul Electrical Hazards in Older Homes and How To Fix Them
Older homes have a very distinctive look and feel and some people prefer to invest in older properties, rather than in a newer one. These homes have an old world charm and offer great value too. But most of these homes also have older installations and some basic upgrades and improvements can give them a new lease of life.
While most property owners do get the house painted, add new features and furniture etc. very few consider getting the electrical installations upgraded before they move in. The fact is that older electrical systems (about 20+ years old) are unable to keep up with the power demands of current day electrical appliances. This eventually strains the systems and can cause problems like arcing and consistent circuit breaker tripping etc.
Hazards of old wiring
Here, we take a look at some of the electrical hazards in older homes and how to fix them:
As mentioned earlier, the electrical appliances that existed earlier weren’t as advanced and sophisticated as their modern day counterparts. This means, your older electrical system is unable to bear the load of the ovens, water heaters, washing machines and other appliances that we use in our homes. Overloaded wiring will heat up and cause the insulation to melt which increases the risk of an electrical fire breakout. In some cases, the overload will cause the electrical system to shut down completely.
Even up until a few decades ago, most electrical wires had rubber coating; over time, this tends to deteriorate and crumble away, leaving the wires exposed increases the possibility of a fire. Current day wiring has special PVC sheathing which doesn’t deteriorate at the same pace, which reduces the risk of a fire. If your home was built in the 1980’s it’s a good idea to get rewiring done.
Shortage of powerpoints
In the past, there was a much lesser need for electricity as fewer electrical appliances and equipment were used. This means, your current system doesn’t have the capacity to support the use of the various electrical systems and devices used today. This also encourages people to use extension cords and plug in multiple plugs into the different points on this device.
This is never a good thing as an extension cord doesn’t have the capacity to power multiple devices simultaneously. The safest thing to do is to get more powerpoints installed at the time you get the rewiring done. When you are planning this installation, take into account the number of appliances used in your home and get that number of (or more) power points fitted in the different rooms.
Home inspection problems
Even if you aren’t really experiencing any problems on a regular basis; if the wiring and electrical installations are over two decades old, the house won’t pass an inspection if you plan to sell it at some point in the future. Current day safety standards are far more stringent than ones that existed up until 20 years ago; so even if you are planning on selling your home, you should consult a good, licensed electrical professional and get their advice on how to go about getting rewiring done.
The best way to ensure the safety of the electrical installations is to opt for preventive electrical maintenance services. As part of these services, the electricians will come in every year and conduct a thorough inspection of all the electrical installations on your property. This reduces the chances of electrical problems cropping up out of the blue.
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