Why Rewiring is Important
August 28, 2020
Did you know there are approximately 45,000 home electrical fires each year? According to the U.S Fire Administration, half of these fires involve lighting equipment or electrical wiring.
Faulty wires are a serious fire hazard that can affect your property and cause fatal injuries or electrocution. But how do you know if your property needs to be rewired? There are warning signs you need to look out for and while having an electrical inspection can be an expense, it will provide you with peace of mind.
When Do You Need to Rewire?
There are several warning signs that tell you when there are problems with your wiring. Here are some of the most common:
- There are blown fuses or breakers trip frequently.
- Lights are flickering or dimming often.
- Discolored and/or hot plugs, switching light panels, and cords.
- There is a burning smell.
- You hear a buzzing sound.
- There are sparks when you plug in electronics or anywhere in your electrical system.
- You feel an electrical shock (mild tingle) when you plug in electronics.
All these can mean your electrical system is overloaded or is not properly wired. Even if you do not see these signs you should have a professional do an electrical inspection, especially if these apply to you:
- You made major renovations adding appliances that could strain your electrical system.
- Your property is more than 40 years old.
- Your home has aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring.
Why Should You Leave Rewiring to the Professionals?
Rewiring tends to be very disruptive work since there are wires all over your house that will need to be accessed by lifting carpet, opening walls, and opening ceilings. Depending on the size of the project, it will take a lot of planning and knowledge to get the job done correctly.
Like with any electrical work, it is important to contact a professional. There are risks, safety concerns, and legalities that are involved in rewiring.
Electricians have completed schooling and on-the-job training to perform their jobs correctly. They know the safety protocols and know what precautions to take to avoid accidents that can arise immediately or in the future. Any faulty wiring can take time to discover until the fire occurs.
Certified electricians have the knowledge to read blueprints, work with electrical circuits, and rewire your home. Dealing with hidden junction boxes can be tricky, and there are many components to rewiring that are out of sight.
Avoid putting your life, the life of others, and your property at risk because you decided to attempt to do the rewiring yourself. Protect your investment. Call a professional.
Depending on the magnitude of the project, some permits might be required to work on the electrical system. These permits ensure that safety protocols are followed.
Uncertified individuals are not allowed to do major electrical work without a permit and doing so can lead to problems with insurance coverage when there is a fire. It could also lead you to face fines for the violations.
Does Your Property Need to be Rewired?
At Empowered Global, we have certified professionals that will help you take care of the rewiring of your home or business. Our electricians are experienced and can ensure your rewiring is done right!
If you are not sure if your property needs to be rewired or you would like to know if your electrical system is working properly, call us today at 239-330-4520. We perform electrical inspections and offer other residential and commercial electrical work.