Updating Your Home’s Electrical System
There are many reasons why you may be considering having your home’s electrical system updated and rebuilt. Perhaps you have an older home and you are unsure of the overall safety of the wiring. Or maybe you are performing a large home remodeling project and the electrical system has to be rewired. There are many factors that may persuade you to update your home’s electrical system, including safety and value.
Only a licensed and experienced electrician should perform major electrical projects such as an upgrade and rewiring of the home. This can be an extremely troublesome task, especially in older homes, because drywall and insulation may have to be removed in some areas of the home. But a professional electrical contractor has the experience and the know-how to get the job done correctly in as little time as possible. Only an experienced electrician can determine what materials are needed to complete the job properly.
A professional electrical contractor will provide you with a detailed estimate of the cost of the work to be performed before the he begins any work. He will also make sure all permits are secured before beginning work on your home. Your electrician has the right kind of tools for any electrical undertaking and an electrical contractor has a team of a few fellow electricians (or dry-wallers, plumbers, etc.) that will help complete the wiring in a quick and professional manner.
Also be sure your electrician offers you a guarantee of his work. The total rewiring of a home can be an expensive undertaking, and you’ll want to be certain that there will be no problems or safety issues down the road. Many professional electrical contractors will offer at least a one-year guarantee.
Older homes, mostly homes built prior to 1970, are at risk for electrical fires. Some of these homes may have aluminum wiring, which has since been banned because of the tendency to cause a fire. Even if your home does not have aluminum wiring, but it is an older home, you still may be at risk of electrical fire. Corrosion and heat will eventually break down a wire. When a wire breaks, the electrical spark will arc – or jump – across the gap in order to complete the circuit. This arc of electricity can cause even more heat and spark a fire within the walls or insulation of your home.
The benefits of having your older home rewired far outweigh the cost. Peace of mind that your family and possessions are secure and safe from electrical fire is a comforting thought. Even if you cannot afford an entire rewiring of your home, an electrician can work within your budget to find ways to make your wiring safer and reduce the risk of fire.