Should You Rewire Your Old Home?

Wiring

That question comes up a lot for those who live in particularly old homes in certain areas. The answer without a doubt is “Yes”. For the safety of you and your family, and to also save some money in the long run, it is best advised to rewire your home as soon as possible.

Here are a few signs that can show you that your home is in need of rewiring:

Code Mandate

Code mandate now states that outlets be no more than 10 feet apart along a wall space. This means you will have a few outlets in each room and the outlets themselves will look dated and be deteriorating.

Earthing Arrangements

Your earthing arrangements may be out of date, which means there will be no RCD (Residual- current device). This device monitors and disconnects whenever it detects an electrical current that is not stable or balanced between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. A result of these unbalanced conditions? The current is absorbed through the body of a person who is in contact with the ground and if this person comes in contact with the energized part of the circuit can and would produce a lethal shock.

Power Outages

You are having regular or frequent power outages or cuts.

Fuse Box

Your fuse box is dated.

Rewiring your home can be a hassle and feel stressful but there are many professionals out there that can get the project completed correctly in a timely manner. Your home is where you sleep, eat and live with your family. It takes care of you, so you should take care of it. One spark in the wrong place in an older home can possibly send your home up in flames. Not only does rewiring your home keep your family safe and your house in order, but it also keeps in accordance to local building codes which reduces or eliminates any chance of hefty fines.

If you do not already have a local electrician that you use and trust, you can search for one via http://www.homeadvisor.com/sem/category.Electrical-Outlets-Panels-Switches-Wiring.10312.html?gclid=CICLwJKFobwCFa9aMgodYQMAeA&dev_id=c&entry_point_id=18455208&kw_id=find+an+electrician&c_id=26901290202. This site allows you to search for an electrician by zip code. You could also you Angie’s List if you are a member or The Electricians Network at http://www.electriciansnetworks.com/.

A magazine and website name This Old House, is a perfect source for those that have older homes. You can check them out online at http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/ or pick up the magazine at your local Home Depot, Lowes or book store. This is a very helpful source since it breaks down every single area of your home both interior and exterior.

Electricians Networks such as the one found at http://www.electriciansnetworks.com/info/cost-to-rewire-house/ have a breakdown of cost and other factors involved in concern to rewiring your home. This will help you understand the process more if you choose to call a professional and what to expect cost wise.

If you have a DIY-er in the family, or you, yourself, like to take matters into you own hands; please first consult with a professional. That is their job and this is what they have been trained in. However, if you feel like you can handle it yourself you can visit a step by step tutorial on how to rewire your home at http://electrical.about.com/od/wiringcircuitry/tp/electricalwiringtipshubnew.htm.

Whichever route you go down, check with a trusted professional and take care of the home that takes care of you.

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Today’s post was provided by C.McBain, professional writer at BobHeinmiller.com in Orlando, Florida.