Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What makes old wiring unsafe and why should it be replaced?
Old wiring is unsafe for many reasons, but one of the most obvious is the compounding damage that comes naturally with aging. The more that time has passed, the more likely (depending on the type of wiring in your home) it is that it has worn down, frayed, or become looser. Especially with knob and tube wiring which was designed to be wrapped in a rubberized cloth, this insulation can become brittle and fall off, leaving the wires exposed and creating a shock and fire hazard.
Along with older wiring systems being unable to handle larger electrical loads, future renovations without wiring upgrades can be dangerous. Adding insulation along wall cavities, for example, can lead to knob and tube wiring overheating, which is a major fire risk. There are just too many risks associated with outdated wiring that homeowners are better off upgrading, whether by choice or as required by law.
Do you work with replacing or removing knob and tube wiring?
We offer services in removing knob and tube wiring from the home, as well as any wiring upgrades that will be needed afterwards. Although in older homes there may be no signs of knob and tube wiring in the basement or attic, it’s not uncommon for the wiring to have been hidden behind the walls by previous homeowners for insurance purposes or to ensure that the home was sold more easily. In these cases, the only way to confirm its presence is by having a licensed electrician send a camera through the walls.
The wiring in my home was done by an unlicensed individual. Is this dangerous and should it be replaced?
Work that is done by unlicensed individuals should be inspected as soon as possible. Since wiring is often thought of as a simple and accessible system, homeowners may be tempted to save money by doing the work themselves, but this can increase the risk of improper connections and wiring splices, which can cause short-circuiting. Faulty wiring is one of the top causes of house fires. Hiring a professional will save you money in the long-run and ensure that it’s being done right the first time.