Rewiring your home may seem daunting, but it is sometimes necessary. We want to explain everything you need to know to make this job seem more manageable. This blog post will discuss when you should rewire your home and why it's so important. We'll also give you a step-by-step explanation of the rewiring process and the benefits of completing this project.
When Should I Rewire My Home?
One of the most common questions at Frye Electric, Inc. is, "how often should I rewire my home?". The answer is more complex than you might think. Several factors go into deciding when your home needs to be rewired, including:
- Condition of its current wiring
- Whether or not you've made any recent renovations
As a general rule of thumb, homes built before 1950 should be rewired completely. Houses built between 1950 and 1965 may need partial rewiring, while homes built after 1965 may only need minor repairs or upgrades to their current electrical system. However, remember that even newer homes may need to be rewired entirely if they have never been updated since they were first built.
Why Is Old Wiring Dangerous?
If your home is more than 40 years old, chances are its wiring is out of date. While some homeowners may not see the need to rewire their homes, the truth is that outdated wiring can be dangerous. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 home fires each year, resulting in nearly 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
Some of the most common causes of electrical fires include:
- Faulty wiring
- Overloaded circuits
- Improper use of extension cords
- Damaged or frayed cords and plugs
Outdated wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires in older homes; in fact, 60% of all electrical fires are caused by wires that are either too old or improperly installed.
If you live in an older home with outdated wiring, it's essential to have it inspected by a licensed electrician regularly, at least once every three years. This will help to ensure it meets current safety standards. If your electrician finds any problems with your home's wiring system during an inspection, they will likely recommend that you have it replaced as soon as possible.
The Process of Rewiring Your Home
Step 1: Evaluate the Current Wiring System
The very first step in the process of rewiring your home is to evaluate the current wiring system. This involves examining and inspecting all visible wires for any signs of wear or damage. You should also check if the wiring system meets all local code requirements. If it doesn't, you must replace it as soon as possible.
Step 2: Plan The New System
Once the system has been evaluated, it's time to plan your new system. This process involves determining how many outlets and switches you will need, where they will be placed, and what type of wire you will use for each circuit.
Step 3: Install Your New Wiring System
After planning your new system, we will begin installing it. This involves running wires through walls and ceilings, mounting outlets and switches on walls, and connecting everything with a series of cables. We will then double-check that everything is installed correctly to prevent potential hazards or problems down the road.
Step 4: Test The New System
Once your new wiring system has been installed, we will test it thoroughly before you use it. This includes testing each outlet with a multimeter to ensure that there are no shorts or other issues that could cause problems later on.
We will also test each switch to ensure they are functioning properly. Once everything has been tested and verified as working correctly, we will turn on the power supply so you can start using your newly wired home!
Benefits of Rewiring Your Home
There are several benefits to rewiring your home, including the following:
- Increased home value
- Higher efficiency
- Decreased risk of a house fire
- Improved safety for you and your family
- Peace of mind
If you're considering rewiring your home, we hope this blog post has given you some helpful information. Rewiring may be challenging, but it's worth it in the long run!
If your home's wiring is old or defective, it is vital to have it inspected immediately. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation. (317) 659-6899 Our skilled technicians at Frye Electric, Inc. are happy to answer any questions about the process.