Improving Electrical Safety

Five Mistakes That Need To Be Avoided When A Home Is Rewired

Having an older home rewired is important for maintaining safety, efficiency, and functionality. If your home is older than 50 years old and some of your outlets appear burnt or occasionally give off shocks, it's important to have your home rewired by a residential electric contractor.

Having a home rewired gives you an important opportunity you need to take advantage of. Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes make mistakes when their home is rewired that detract from the effectiveness of the job.

As a homeowner, you should make the most of home rewiring by avoiding the following five mistakes:

Not locating outlets close enough together

If you're taking the time and spending the money on rewiring, you should make sure your new outlets are placed so that efficiency and convenience are maximized.

It's important to space outlets close enough together to eliminate the need for extension cords as much as possible. Extension cords can become both fire hazards and tripping hazards. It's always best to be able to plug in right into the wall. 

Using outlets with two prongs

Three-pronged outlets are preferable to two-pronged outlets these days. Outlets with three prongs have minimal risk of causing shocks. Also, appliances and electronics with three-pronged plugs can't plug in to outlets with only two prongs. This means that three pronged outlets will offer greater usability than two pronged outlets.

Failing to consider the needs of the household and how much power is necessary

In order to be done thoroughly, any rewiring job should involve a detailed look at what the electrical needs of the household are. This means that it's important to inspect various rooms to see out how many appliances are plugged in and to rewire so that an adequate number of outlets are placed in each room. 

Ignoring any need for permits or any building code limitations

There may be some permit requirements or building code restrictions in your area that you need to be aware of during rewiring. Violating building code restrictions can come back to bite you down the road when it comes time to sell your home, so be careful. 

Being unaware of the timespan of the project

When your home is rewired, your power is probably going to have to be out for a while. You need to discuss the amount of time you'll have to go without power with your electrician before he or she gets started on the job. This way, you'll be able to schedule special events or gatherings around the time when your home will be without power.