You upgrade your TV from time to time. You upgrade your phone from time to time. You upgrade your car from time to time. But when was the last time you even looked at the wires inside your walls and considered whether they needed to be upgraded? Just as technology evolves, so too do the electrical […]

You upgrade your TV from time to time. You upgrade your phone from time to time. You upgrade your car from time to time.

But when was the last time you even looked at the wires inside your walls and considered whether they needed to be upgraded? Just as technology evolves, so too do the electrical systems in our homes. It’s worth taking a moment to ensure they’re keeping pace with the demands of modern living.

If your home dates back to the 1970s or earlier, it’s advisable to have a thorough examination of its wiring. Despite extensive renovations, it’s common for homeowners to prioritize visible upgrades like hardwood floors or luxurious bathrooms over the less conspicuous electrical system. However, modern wiring not only enhances your home’s compatibility with today’s technology but also significantly improves safety. So, how can you tell if your wiring requires replacement?

Let’s look into various types of wiring…

be wire aware in your home

Knob and Tube

In the oldest homes, you may find knob and tube wiring, recognizable by the large knobs that support black insulation tubes. Unlike modern wiring, this system lacks a ground wire, a standard safety feature. While knob and tube wiring can still function if the insulation tubes remain undamaged, it’s not ideal and may pose safety risks.

Aluminum

Additionally, older homes might feature aluminum wiring. If your home contains aluminum wiring and you’ve undertaken renovations, particularly involving the replacement or adjustment of wall outlets and light switches, there’s a risk of wire damage that can result in heat build-up.

Old or Cloth Romex

You might find old or cloth Romex wiring in your home. Unlike newer Romex wire, which uses plastic coating for protection, older versions feature a cloth or cotton exterior and rubber insulation. It’s important to note that this older wiring may be more prone to deterioration and safety hazards.

BX

You can identify BX wiring by its spiral-patterned metal casing. While BX wiring is generally more durable and resistant to certain weather conditions, it often contains rubber insulation within the metal casing. Over time, this rubber insulation can degrade, leading to potential shorts and sparks.

The Big Question: Should it be Rewired?

With any of these older wiring systems, the recommended power limits may struggle to accommodate the demands of newer, larger, and more powerful appliances found in modern homes. It could be only a matter of time before your old wiring requires replacement. If you’re experiencing issues like surges and shorts, or if you simply want a professional assessment of your wiring, don’t hesitate to contact Handyside. We’re here to leverage our expertise to ensure the safety and functionality of your home.

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