Residential Electrical Rewiring – What Brooklyn New Yorkers Should Know
Is your home over 70 years old? If so, it is pertinent that your home’s electrical system be updated. Unfortunately, way too owners of older homes fail to update their electrical system per New York’s residential codes. Outdated residential electrical systems pose risks for the entire community, especially the occupants. While you may believe your electrical system meets the residential electricity codes, it may not.
Buildings constructed prior to the 50s need to be updated. These updates include the most vital systems, including electrical, plumbing, roofing, and sewer. Many people will not even consider updating their older homes because they believe the extra expenses would not pay off. If you fail to update your home, it will not be up to code.
Dangers Of An Outdated Electrical System
Outdated residential electrical systems pose many risks, including electrical fires, frequent power surges, electrical arcing, and tripping of electrical breakers. Over time, the electrical system will malfunction completely. The only way to avoid this is to put the system through a full update.
In the 50s, residential buildings were powered by electrical wiring covered by cloth material. This material was not designed to last forever. In fact, it was later determined to only last a few decades before deterioration kicked in. The same goes for outdated electrical panels, fuses, and breakers, all of which pose electrical fire risks.
Home Electrical System FAQs
Every homeowner should know the ins and outs of their electrical system. This knowledge will play a major role in keeping you and your family safe during power surges and outages. Learn more by reading the FAQs provided in the article below.
When Is Electrical System Rewiring Necessary?
When your electrical system begins to malfunction. Electrical surges and fluctuations are only a few signs of an outdated electrical system. Homes constructed in the 50s should undergo an entire electrical system update.
Another sign says an outdated electrical system is aluminum wiring. Unfortunately, aluminum electrical wiring was not designed to offer endless service. Electricians began to install this type of electrical wiring in homes in the 60s. This continued for several decades until it was determined that aluminum wiring posed electrical fire risks.
If your electrical system is installed with knob and tube wiring, it is outdated. This type of wiring was installed in homes prior to 1935. Knob and tube wiring has been connected to electrical fires in older homes.
To minimize electrical fire risks caused by power surges and outages, the grounding of the electrical system is a necessity. This process utilizes a solid copper grounding wire that is buried in the ground near the electrical panel. If your home does not have a grounding rod, it is at risk of electrical fires. You and your family may also be at risk of coming into contact with non-grounded electric plugs. Even the slightest exposure will put everyone in the household at risk of electric shock.
Deterioration Of Electrical Wiring – When Is It A Problem?
An electrical system is designed to protect members of the household from electrical shock exposure and connected devices from damage caused by power surges and outages. When the electrical system is unable to perform these duties, it is time to have it updated with a new electric panel, wiring, and breakers.
Deteriorated electrical wiring will malfunction fully at some point. If you are utilizing more extension cables with multiple two- or three-prong plugs, this may be a sign of deteriorated wiring.
What Kind Of Electrical Wiring Does My Home Have?
If your home was built before 1935, it is likely your electrical system has knob and tube wiring. If your home was built in the 50s or 60s, the electrical system most likely has cloth-covered wiring. Both of these pose electrical risks.
How Much Is A Full Electrical System Rewire?
To rewire, an electrician must run new wiring throughout the home. The wiring is then installed into a new electrical panel and connected to modern electrical breakers. This is a timely process that can take several days or weeks to complete.
Get A Free Quote For Electrical System Rewiring
We offer free quotes for the rewiring of older homes and businesses. Contact our office to request a free in-home safety inspection with a free quote. The quote is the actual price of the complete rewiring.