Improving Electrical Safety

Should You Check Electrical Wiring Inside The House?

Because electrical wiring is typically unseen by anyone living in a house, it's understandable that it escapes your daily thoughts. In fact, until problems start it's not uncommon to never utter the words "electrical wiring". However, some situations necessitate some attention to your wiring system; some are below.

1. Old, Aging House

An old house that has working electricity can at times be at risk without seeming so. Some older structures, for example, had aluminum wiring installed rather than the more traditional copper wiring. Electricians soon realized that the aluminum wasn't a great choice because it behaved differently than the other metal in ways that ultimately caused looser connections that could, in some instances, spark and cause fire. Do you have copper or aluminum wires in the house? If you don't have a clue, professional electricians can help.

Wiring material isn't the only issue which necessitates an electrical inspection. Any old house could have been constructed by meeting electrical standards in place at the time. However, as standards have changed and different rules have been established, your very old place may no longer conform to current guidelines. In addition, if you've been renovating rooms or adding ceiling fans and additional electric-powered appliances and devices, the home system could now be overloaded. You need someone who can ensure your electrical system handles the demand you're placing on it.

2. Rodent Problems

Dealing with mice presents problems in many ways. Getting them out is challenging and can be irritating, but once they're gone, you've got additional work. Mice, while running around behind walls and in attics, can chew down into the wires you depend on for electricity. This can make various outlets useless, but more seriously, frayed wires may mean future fires. An electrician should be consulted after any rodent infestation.

3. Dimming Lights

Blaming light bulbs for various problems is natural. Flickering, buzzing and dimming could seem like problems easily changed with a new bulb, but it's also possible that the wiring system itself is leading to problems. If you've already tried plugging an appliance into another outlet or switching out bulbs but problems continue, an electrician is someone to discuss this with. It's possible that you're dealing with an overwhelmed system and it's just as likely that connections have become loose or the wires themselves aren't conducting electricity properly anymore.

A modern house needs electricity more than ever. Asking an electrician to use their seasoned eye and expertise on your system can only benefit your family and house.