With older homes, there is going to be a time when you want to have renovations done. You may want to bring your home up to date with modern times. This means that you may be doing improvements to the design of your home as well as updating the mechanical systems. The electrical wiring in your home is part of the mechanical systems that can often be a danger in older homes with problems such as outdated outlets and wiring with poor insulation. If you are planning on home renovations, here are some options you may want to consider to update the electrical wiring in your home to make it safer:
1. Old Fuse Boxes And An Electrical Service That Is Undersized
Older homes often have fuse boxes that are outdated, which may not be a danger in themselves, but a frustration when you cannot find the fuse you need. The main problem with these older systems is that they are often outdated and undersized for the electrical needs of a modern home. If you have an old fuse box, you may want to consider upgrading it to a breaker box and expanding your electrical service.
2. Old Wiring With Poor Insulation And Fire Hazards That Need Improvements
Old wiring can be another problem that you may have with the electrical systems in your home. This is often due to wiring that is outdated and does not have proper insulation. In some cases, the electrical wiring can even be a fire hazard that you will want to address during your home renovations.
3. Adding More Outlets And Services To Accommodate Appliances In Modern Homes
Not having enough outlets in your home can lead to the use of extension cords and gang-plugs, which are common fire hazards when too many appliances are plugged in. To prevent these problems, you may want to have your home updated with more outlets to accommodate the needs of modern appliances. In addition, you may want other services, such as low-voltage, high speed Internet and home network wiring.
4. Addressing Issues With Outlets And Electrical Wiring With No Ground Fault
There are also issues with ground faults in older homes. This can be improper outlets in kitchens and bathrooms, which need to have a ground fault test plug, or GFI outlet. The oldest home wiring may not even have ground wires on the outlets, which is something that you may want to address during your home renovations.
These are some improvements that you may want to consider for electrical wiring when doing renovations to make your home safer. When you are planning your home renovations, contact an remodeling contractor to help with upgrades, repairs and improvements to your home. To learn more, contact a company like Cornerstone Builders of Southwest Florida.