It’s an unfortunate fact of life that fires can start unexpectedly. Did you know that on average, there are around 40,000 house fires in the US alone? This statistic is bound to be eye-opening for you, especially if you live in an older home. Here is a better look at when you should know that it is time to upgrade your home’s internal wiring network.
Several Questions to Ask
Even if you don’t know the answer to your questions, all you have to do is ask. For instance, what is the age of your home? If it is more than 30 years old, then it is definitely time to make a change. Let’s say the wiring has never been updated – if that’s the case, then this process is even more important than before! What about the breaker? The breaker shouldn’t be tripping all the time. It’s a sign that you’re using too much power unnecessarily. Too many electronics can overload old electrical systems that weren’t designed with that technology in mind, after all.
Do you need power strips or extension cords? These devices, while useful, are only meant to be temporary fixes for long-term problems. Plus, they are potential fire hazards, especially when exposed to water damage or sources of intense heat, such as from a space heater. You’ll need more outlets to help share the load. Lights that flicker, go dim, or show weird stains are also indicators that something has gone wrong: maybe the wires are worn down from absorbing too many power surges? That is certainly possible.
The Call of Copper
Switching from aluminum wires to copper ones is a good idea. Back in the 60s and 70s, aluminum was a much cheaper material to use for electrical purposes. History has shown that copper is the much better conductor, though, especially since it has been used relatively safely since the 1820s!
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