If your home was built before 1950, it may be in need of a rewire. These homes often have dangerous wiring systems such as cloth-insulated wiring, knob and tube wiring, or aluminum wiring. Cloth-insulated wiring has parts that can break off and fall down leaving wires exposed and causing shocks and fires. Older wiring brings more dangers and should be replaced.
It is also possible that you will need a panel upgrade. An electrical panel is a box that holds all your fuses or breakers. It takes the power from the utility company and delivers to out to your outlets. More and more power is being used these days so that puts more strain on your panel. If your panel becomes overloaded, it could cause the breakers to trip often.
It is also possible that an old panel could bring more dangers. Many might fail to shut off when an overload happens. This might lead to electrical shocks or even fires.
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Frequently Asked Home Rewiring Questions
- What is home rewiring?
- When is it necessary?
- How do I know what kind of wiring I have?
- How much will this cost?
- How long will this take?
- Will you need to break walls?
- Will I have power during the rewire?
- Will rewiring raise the value of my home?
- Will a rewire lower my insurance rates?
- Is an electrical permit necessary?
- Can I rewire my home myself?
- How frequently should my home be rewired?
- What’s Next?
A home rewiring is when all the old wires are pulled out and replaced with new wires. Electrical panels can often be replaced at the same time to ensure your home has enough power. A partial rewire might also be possible when current pieces of the electrical system can be saved.
During the following situations a home rewiring will be necessary:
- Cloth Insulated Wiring – Homes built before 1950 often contain cloth-insulated wiring. This can cause shocks or fires and should be replaced.
- Aluminum Wiring – Homes built between 1960 and 1970 were usually built with aluminum wiring. This is a great fire hazard.
- Knob and Tube Wiring – Homes built before 1935 often contain knob and tube wiring which is ungrounded and a safety hazard.
- Insufficient power – If more circuits are need in your home, you will require an upgrade to increase safety.
- Ungrounded Wiring or Ungrounded Outlets – Ungrounded electrical systems are unsafe because the excess power can not be re-routed to a different area which may cause shocks.
- Unsafe Electrical Panel – Older panels may cause shocks or fires and should be replaced.
- Use of Extension Cords – Always install new outlets if extension cords are being over used.
Take a look at the year your home was built. If it was built before 1950, use the internet to compare what you see with photos of the different types of wiring. It should be easy to spot knob and tube wiring as well as cloth-insulated wiring.
In order to be 100% sure what type of wiring you have, call an electrician out to take a look. These are trained professionals who have been working with wiring for years. They can give you an easy answer.
The rewiring of your home is determined by taking the square footage of your home and multiplying that by the wiring type. Call the office to get a more exact quote or to get on schedule for a free estimate.
The job will depend on the size of your house. The larger the house the longer the job will take. An estimate will be given for how long the job should take when we do a walk through.
This will depend on how your home is set up and what type of wiring you have and how much needs to be replaced. We will try no to break walls, but if we do it will be when there is no other option. Our technicians clean and patch up after themselves so you’re not left with a giant mess.
All power will be turned off in the areas where we are doing our work. We are sure to turn the power off in the specific rooms so you are not without power. We will never leave the power off over night.
Upgrading the wiring is always a way to increase the value on your home. It will make it safer and able to hold more power. Insurance and mortgage officers are more likely to cover your home when it has been rewired.
Older system may run into problems becoming insured. With an upgrade you can get out of paying high premiums.
It is required by law to obtain a permit before rewiring your home. Our office can help you obtain these permits and walk you through the process.
Some aspects of the job you might be able to do yourself but it’s best to have a licensed professional completing most of of the tasks. Many code guidelines also require you to have a license to complete the job.
An electrician should check the wiring of a home every 10 years to ensure everything is working fine but a newly rewiring home should be good to go for an indefinite amount of time.
Call our office to set up a free safety inspection to see what type of wiring your home has. We will be happy to provide a free estimate for any work that needs to be done.