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Five Indicators That Your Home Needs A Rewire

By Karin Mangan
Five Indicators That Your Home Needs A Rewire

Old wiring, or wiring that is not sufficient to meet the demands put upon it by the high consumption of our modern lifestyles, is not simply an inconvenience, it can also be a safety hazard. Rewiring is sometimes a major job but it might be essential to keep you and your family safe. So how do you know if your home needs a rewire?

Is A Rewire Necessary In Your Home?

  • Old wiring can degrade. The average age of a home in American is just over 30 years, which means that your home wiring could be getting on a bit in years. If your home is old and still has its original wiring, you should almost certainly have it rewired.
  • Wiring systems installed in the 50s, 60s, 70s or even in the 80s are not designed to deal with the kind of demand that twenty-first century electrical usage puts upon them. They are simply inadequate for the size and number of appliances that we now use every day in our homes. In an older home, your usage might be putting too great a strain on the electrical wiring. If your home is at, or over, capacity, rewiring may be necessary.
  • If you want to sell your house, buyers and mortgage lenders want to know that the home wiring is safe and adequate for the demands of modern living. Wiring in older homes is unlikely to meet National Electrical Code standards. A recent rewire can help to sell an older home.
  • Overloading electrical outlets is a hazard--it can lead to overheating, fire, or electrical shocks. A rewire is an opportunity to add more outlets and switches and generally bring your house up to date. You can get set up for all your home entertainment, home computer, telephone, and television usage and combine electrical safety with consumer convenience.
  • Signs that you might need to rewire your home include visibly worn electrical cable; electrical shocks from appliances, sockets, and switches; outlets and cords that get warm when in use; fuses that blow regularly; frequent power outages; and two-pronged outlets rather than three-pronged.

If a whole-house re-wire is more than you can contemplate, either because of the cost or the disruption, you can do it in stages. A home rewire is not a job for a DIYer; employ a qualified electrician.

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