Reduce your risk of electric shocks, tripped breakers, and residential fires with updated wiring from Walters Tristate Seldom inspected after installation, the wiring in your home may need an update, especially if your home is more than 40 years old.
Installing sufficient wiring goes beyond safety. It also means enhancing your home’s functionality, reliability and ability to keep up with today’s ever-increasing power needs. This applies not only to the installation of current electrical wiring, but wiring for you phone, Internet, cable and more.
Signs Your Home Wiring Needs an Upgrade
Aluminum wiring used in the 60s and 70s, non-metallic wiring installed in the 40s and 50s, and knob and tube wiring in pre-1930s homes are well-known safety hazards, as are loose connections and frayed wires resulting from wear and tear.
Two Pronged, Ungrounded Outlets
These are an enormous safety hazard – for you and your electronics. Without proper grounding, electrical excesses have nowhere to go but into your devices – or you – even if you have a surge protector. Reduce shock risks by rapidly addressing this sign of wiring that is way behind the times.
Identified by the “TEST” and “RESET” buttons on receptacles, GFCIs protect you from shock in high moisture areas. They are currently required in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, utility rooms, garages, spa/pool areas, unfinished crawlspaces/basements, and any areas outside of your home. If you are lacking these inexpensive, easy-to-install devices in any of these areas, you may be in for a shocking experience.
AFCIs prevent fire by acting as a circuit breaker, which disconnects in the event of a potentially dangerous arc. They are required in bedrooms in all 50 states, though some states require them in all circuits throughout the home.
Not Enough Power
How many amps power your home? While 60 amps may have been sufficient in the past, today’s homes often need 100 to 200 amps to successfully operate the glut of large and technologically advanced appliances you use simultaneously, from mobile devices and flat screens to your refrigerator and air conditioner. Without an adequate power supply, you could end up damaging these sensitive items beyond repair.
Protect your family and home, ensuring the smooth, efficient operation of all things electrical while boosting the value of your property. Call Walters Tristate Electric or schedule an appointment online for an electrical safety and wiring inspection today.