When Is It Time to Have Your Home Re-wired?

Over the course of a home’s lifetime, components need to be replaced. That’s not news, because you’ve had to swap out plenty of things with newer, better versions that offer a greater level of practicality and comfort for you and your family. As a home ages, who knows just how many things will need replacing? But while swapping out appliances and smaller pieces of equipment are the norm, did you know you might need to replace the wiring in your home?
Depending on a variety of circumstances and factors, the wiring in your home may become unsafe to use. If you leave it untreated for too long, they can pose a risk to you and your family, simply by turning on the power or utilizing certain electrical components. If you’re not sure if your home is in need of a re-wiring job, the trusty experts at Mister Sparky can help you out! We’ve got a few handy tell-tale signs to see if you need it, and if you do, give us a call. Our electricians will have your home re-wired before you know it!

When Was it Built?

This is probably the surest sign that you might need to invest in a home re-wiring. Old, frayed insulation that lies around wiring is one of the leading causes of house fires, and that potential for danger skyrockets in older homes. If yours was built more than 50 years ago, the conditions inside are more susceptible to being an ideal environment for a fire, and re-wiring your home will fix that.

Other Things to Keep an Eye On

If your home is on the newer side, you should be in the clear for the most part. There are a handful of signs that could tip you off to faulty wiring, though, and if you begin to notice them then it might be prudent to invest in a re-wiring service.
– Constantly Flickering Lights: When this happens, it can indicate that the wires in your home are beginning to fray or become looser. That, or you’re living in a horror movie.
– Charring/Blackening of Outlets/Switches: When wiring in your home starts to experience shorts more frequently, your outlets can express visible signs of burning or charring. That’s a significant sign that re-wiring is a good idea.
– Shocks When Plugging/Unplugging Things: Similar to the previous item on the list. If the wiring is beginning to deteriorate, the connections won’t be as strong when they come in contact with electrical appliances. Removing or inserting a plug and suffering a shock can be a red flag.
– Lots of Power Surges: If you’re experiencing frequent surges to your power grid, or if your breaker is tripping far more than it should, the wiring connecting it all may be inconsistent and faulty.
Aluminum wiring is another catch-all indicator that you may need to invest in re-wiring. Homes that were constructed between 1965 and 1973 were outfitted with aluminum wiring, which can rust easily and disrupt the flow of electricity, leading to shorts and a greater risk of fires.

Although these aren’t every sure indicator that you’ll need to re-wire your home, they’re definitely ones to be on the lookout for. If you’re unsure of the danger or if you think something might be hazardous, give the professionals at Mister Sparky a call at 214-613-0481 today and schedule an appointment! Our electricians can diagnose any problem you think might be in your home, and we can undertake a thorough re-wiring job to have your electrical grid as good as new.

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