Reasons Why Your Home Might Need Rewiring
30 Dec, 2019 / Comments: Comments Off on Reasons Why Your Home Might Need Rewiring / By Corey Haywood
You spent a lot of time and did a lot of research, and you finally found the property you want to call home. It is an older home, built over 50 years ago, but you like that aspect because your research showed that the older homes were better constructed than the new homes that can be built in no time. You have plaster walls instead of drywall, and nothing is prefabricated. You did a home inspection and found that there was no asbestos and no lead paint. Those were the main concerns you had, and the report alleviated them.
You noticed that there were fewer electrical outlets than you would like and that many were two-prong instead of three-prong, but you assured yourself that this was a relatively easy fix. You have friends that have had extra outlets installed with no problem, and it did not cost them a fortune. Besides, you will be doing some remodeling, so you’ll add the outlets to that expense.
How Do You Know if You Need a Rewire?
The one thing that people can’t be sure of unless they have the electricity specifically inspected is whether they will have just to add outlets, upgrade the service, or they will have to rewire the entire house. Many times, you will not notice a problem with the electricity until you move in and start using it. There are signs that you can look for that would tip you off to a problem. One tip to look for can include outlets or switches that look either discolored or charred, but if the people you are purchasing the home from do not have a lot of electrical devices, it may not have been a problem for them.
If you love technology and like to get the latest and greatest new toy, or you enjoy gaming and have multiple systems, you should consider this when buying a house. If the people you purchase from are older, do not seem that into technology, and have lived there practically since the house was built, you should consider finding a few things out.
First, you should find out what level of electrical service you have coming into the house. Older homes were typically 60-amp services. For the modern days, you should have at least a 100-amp service, and if you are a technocrat, you should get a 200-amp service. This should ensure that you have sufficient amperage to handle the load that will be placed on your service.
If you had a home built between 1965 and 1973, you might have aluminum wire connections instead of copper connections. Approximately 2 million homes were built using it, and it was used because of a spike in the cost of copper during that time. If you have aluminum wiring, the wires will have AL stamped on them. Even if you find some wiring that is aluminum, it doesn’t mean all of it is. Some of the wires may have been replaced over the years or during renovation projects.
Is Rewiring the House Expensive?
It is true, rewiring can be expensive, but you can minimize the expense by including it as part of a project you planned anyway. If you wanted to gut the bathroom, for example, you would probably have to redo the walls if you add cabinetry or change the sink or bathtub. At that point, you upgrade the electric during the project. Many times, the expense of electrical rewiring is increased because it is part of a separate project. Proper planning can reduce the cost, but doing nothing is not an option.