Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I upgrade my home’s wiring myself?
Do I need renovation wiring if I have more outlets added?
Having additional outlets added is also a great time to renovate your wiring since it will require working with the wiring anyway. After a licensed electrician has confirmed your home has enough capacity for more outlets, although not required, it’s convenient to save money on labour by also having them look at whether your wiring needs to be upgraded. From here, it can be determined whether an upgrade is in order.
What kind of wiring should be upgraded for the modern home?
Knob and tube wiring was an early type of wiring that is now deemed obsolete, but is still present in some older homes. Since this kind of wiring is dangerous as a fire hazard, it’s required for insurance purposes for it to be upgraded as soon as possible. Aluminum wiring is still permitted in homes, but an inspection is required by the ESA every 3-5 years for maintenance (since this type of wiring is softer and tends to come undone). Having it upgraded to copper wiring will eliminate this need.