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Signs that it is Time to Rewire Your Home

The discovery of electricity over 130 years ago caused numerous advantages for homeowners and businessmen alike, including the ability to power machines and appliances that make work easier and improve quality of life. But electricity is a fickle mistress and though it brings great value to our lives, and electrical work can sometimes be costly it must be handled carefully by a licensed qualified electrician to avoid property damage, physical injury and even death. The National Fire Association stated that between 2010 and 2014, electrical fires caused annual averages of $1.4 billion in direct property damage, 1,370 civilian injuries and 420 civilian deaths. Since 39 percent of electrical fires are as a result of faulty electrical wiring, it’s important to know when to rewire your home, to keep it running smoothly and to prevent accidents of an electrical nature. Signs that your home is due for an electrical rewiring include;

Tripped Breakers and Blown Fuses

Constantly tripping breakers and blown fuses are not just an annoyance; they could be a sign that your wiring is unable to handle the electrical output of your home. This could easily lead to a short circuit that may ignite a fire. If a lighting fixture constantly burns out a bulb before it is used up, it means that the fixture must be rewired to accommodate the wattage of the bulb. Contact a Licensed electrician to assess your home’s wiring and recommend a course of action.
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Problems with Outlets

Small jolts of electric shock, or sparks when plugging or unplugging appliances, burning smells, buzzing sounds and are all indicators of a wiring problem. Loose outlets are a danger especially to children and should be replaced or fastened as soon as possible by a qualified electrician.
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You’ve Had Major Home Improvements

If you bought new or upgraded your existing appliances with larger models that consume more electricity, you should have a qualified electrician make sure that your current wiring can withstand the added electrical load from the new appliances.
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You Can’t Remember Your Last Rewiring Job

If you cannot recall when your home was last rewired, chances are that it has been a while and you should at least have an electrician take a look at it. If you recently moved to an older home, it’s possible that the existing wiring is made up of aluminum and not copper. Aluminum has a greater potential of causing an electrical fire due to its tendency to overheat and should be replaced.
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Ungrounded Outlets

Your two-prong outlets must be properly grounded to prevent risk of electrocution from stray currents as well as electrical fire. Consult one of the licensed electricians we have on Pro Service Finder right away if you suspect your two-prong outlet hasn’t been suitably grounded.
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