Do You Need to Upgrade Your Knob and Tube Wiring?

From 1880 to 1935 knob and tube wiring was the popular choice for wiring homes. Ceramic tubes are used with the wires wrapped around them and drawn through. This wiring can be easily seen by inspecting your crawl spaces and attics. If you have knob and tube wiring and want to check if it is still holding up to today’s standards, give us a call. We will come out to inspect the safety and stability of the wiring.

Almost always knob and tube wiring must be replaced. It is recommended due to the fact that it will lower your insurance rates. Newer systems are built to make your home safer for your family. With a modern system, you will also be able to handle today’s requirements for energy and have a better efficiency system.

Is Knob and Tube Wiring Safe?

Knob and tube wiring can pose a serious safety hazard due to the fact that it can cause fires. It is also not possible to ground these systems which could cause shock or a system malfunction. This can also cause great damage to your electronic devices.

Many insurers might refuse to cover homes that contain knob and tube wiring because it is a great risk. It might be hard to find a loan to mortgage a home with knob and tube wiring.

If you want to be sure you have or do not have knob and tube wiring in your home, just give us a call.

Knob and Tube Wiring Systems Provide Insufficient Power

It is important to update knob and tube wiring because it typical will not be able to handle the load of today’s electric devices. Modern lifestyles have begun to require much more electricity. This could lead to fuses blowing and breakers flipping and potentially even fire. Homeowners may try to work with older systems by oversizing the fuses and circuit breakers. This is a bad idea as circuits can frequently overheat and catch fire.

Insulation Hazards

Insulation and knob and tube wiring can be a bad combination. It can often catch fire. Attics that have knob and tube wiring are very unsafe.

An Ungrounded Electrical System

Be sure to remember that a knob and tube wiring system is ungrounded. This will leave you vulnerable to electric shock and electronic devices will be damaged if there is a surge.

Can I Sell A Knob and Tube Home?

Knob and tube wired homes are often hard to sell as it’s almost impossible to secure a mortgage. Insurance companies may also require a large variety of testing to be completed before they insure a home.

What Should I Do When My Home Has Knob and Tube?

If you think your home has knob and tube wiring, please give us a call so we can come and test your system. We are happy to provide you with a free home safety inspection.