Planning a renovation or the construction of a new home? For electrical projects or services, all wiring and re-wiring should meet electrical code requirements.
New Home Construction and Home Renovation Wiring, Mississauga
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When should I upgrade or replace my existing outlets?
One key sign that your outlets need to be upgraded or replaced is if your plugs begin to fall out rather than staying plugged in. Clips should firmly grip the plugs of your appliances and devices. If you find them falling out, this is a sign that they’ve worn out and need to be replaced. GFCI outlets or outlets with surge protection further increase safety.
If more than one outlet is continuously sparking or scorching, this may be a more serious sign of outdated wiring, in which case renovation wiring is highly recommended for safety purposes.
Do I need renovation wiring if my home has aluminum wiring?
Unlike knob and tube wiring, as of 2021, aluminum wiring is still deemed as safe. However, since aluminum tends to be softer, the wiring is more likely to come undone or become loose. The ESA therefore recommends that houses with aluminum wiring be maintained and inspected by a licensed electrician every 3-5 years. For some, this can be hassle, which is why upgrading from aluminum to copper wiring is worth the investment.
Will wired security be better than wireless security?
Wired security tends to be cheaper and less prone to interference. If anything, having wired security is a good option to have in your back pocket, as you can always add on with wireless options afterwards. A security system is one of the many considerations to keep in mind when thinking about up-to-date wiring, so this should be planned during the wiring stage.