Three Electrical Repairs You May Not Know You Need
Buying a new home is a wonderful and exciting event but you want to be certain that you are making the right choice. When it comes to buying any of the older or historic homes in northern Alabama, you have to be certain that the house you buy is safe.
Older homes have a unique charm, but the old electrical system could be a threat to you and your family. While most home inspectors in the area are good at their job, they are not trained in a specialized field like electrical work.
In order to avoid having a home that is nothing but an insurance risk and a money pit, there are some things that you should check and have replaced if they are in your home.
An electrical inspection by an unbiased and experienced electrician is a good idea before signing a contract to buy a home. It is also a necessary service for anyone who has lived in their home for some time.
Knob & Tube Wiring Repair
Knob & Tube Wiring – This type of electrical work was used mainly in homes built prior to the 1950's. It is an outdated approach to wiring and should be replaced if you determine this is what you have.
At a minimum, the repairs should be made properly. Keep in mind that this type of wiring no longer conforms to electrical safety code standards because it cannot support the electrical load demands of modern households. Most insurance providers will not provide coverage for homes that still utilize this system for their power.
Aluminum Wiring Replacement
Aluminum Wiring – For about a 10-year time span, in the 60's and 70's, aluminum was used when copper prices spiked. The trouble is that aluminum wiring overheats easily and many repairs have been done using the wrong parts because the aluminum products are no longer available.
Also, it's not uncommon for someone other than a licensed, experienced electrician to work on the wiring. These things lead to a higher rate of risk for house fires. This is another type of electrical system that could prevent you from getting the homeowner's insurance coverage that you need since most companies consider this too great a risk.
Electrical Panel Upgrade
Panels – Requiring the need for a panel upgrade is more about convenience than anything, but safety is still a concern. Outdated panels are not equipped to keep up with today's heavy usage of electricity so this leads to tripped breakers and blown fuses. You may even find yourself unplugging one appliance in order to be able to use another.
Electrical Safety Inspections
An electrical safety inspection is an important aspect of homeownership. You should have one done every 10 years if you have kept up with repairs and upgrades. If you rent the home to tenants, an electrical inspection should be done every 5 years. You never know who has tried to work on the electrical system themselves or how it's been treated, so more frequent inspections will lower the risk of electrical fire or shock.
If you know or even suspect that you may be in need of any of these services, the name to call on is MPE Services. Since 1973, we have been the premier service provider for the best in quality electrical services in Northern Alabama. Let us help keep your home safe with timely electrical repairs and safety inspections.