Older homes are full of character, but they can come with some safety issues. If you are purchasing an older home, then, it is a good idea to hire an electrician to inspect and, if necessary, update the electrical wiring, before you move in. Here are a few reasons why this update should be considered essential.
1. Increase Safety
Older homes sometimes have electrical wiring that does not meet modern safety standards. All modern appliances are designed to be used with an electrical system that provides a connection to the ground wire, which helps to prevent power surges. If your electrical outlets do not have this connection, then there is a risk of damage to the appliance during a power surge. Homes with very poor wiring can even be at risk of fire. Keep your family safe by hiring an electrician to inspect the wiring before you move in.
2. Add More Outlets
One of the annoying features of older homes is that they often have far too few electrical outlets. As a result, you might find that you end up using multiple extender cables to be able to plug in all your devices, which can create trip hazards. If you hire an electrician to update the electrical wiring in your home, you can ask them to add a few more outlets in convenient locations. That means you can charge your phone while using it in bed, leave appliances plugged in on your countertop without running out of outlets, and always have an outlet spare where guests can charge their devices or kids can plug in their toys.
3. Avoid Circuit Breakers Tripping or Fuses Blowing
Faults with the electrical wiring in a home can cause circuit breakers to trip frequently. This occurrence can be very annoying as it means you have to go to the electrical control box, find the circuit breaker that has tripped, and reset it before you can carry on with whatever you were doing. If your home is very old and the wiring has not been updated in many years, it might even have an old-fashioned fuse box, in which case you need to replace the fuse with a new one before you can use the affected electrical circuit again. The best long-term solution is to update the electrical wiring in your home so you do not experience circuits tripping the breakers or blowing fuses very often.Share