If you’ve ever watched the show “Holmes on Homes” on HGTV, you’ve likely seen the problems associated with old or faulty wiring. Mike Holmes tends to get very agitated by safety issues, and for good reason. Each year, over 40,000 homes suffer fire damage due to home electrical problems. These electrical fires account for hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. And what’s the main culprit? Old wiring!
If you live in a classic home built before 1940, chances are you have old wiring in the house. You may have knob-and-tube or Romex wiring, both of which can become brittle over time. The insulation dries out and starts to crumble, causing the inner wire to become exposed. The cloth insulation around the wire deteriorates with age and eventually becomes unsafe.
But perhaps one of the biggest threats of Romex and knob-and-tube wiring is that these types of wires aren’t grounded. That means if one of your appliances shorts out, you could become the path to the ground for the electricity.
Even if your home is only 20 or 30 years old, you could still experience electrical problems at home due to a lack of capacity. Most homes built more than 10 years ago are not designed to handle the amount of electronics we use today. Think about it: if your house was built in 1980, it was built before home PCs and laptops and HDTVs and surround sound and all of the other toys and gadgets we use today. These appliances can draw a lot of power, and your current electrical wiring may not be up to the task.
If you own one of the one million houses in the DFW area that’s more than 20 years old, it’s a good idea to have a licensed electrician come out and take a look at the wiring. He or she can make sure that your house will be safe and productive for many years.
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