Got an old Florida home?
If so, it may have old, faulty wiring, which is a cause of residential electrical fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
So how do you know if your home actually needs rewiring?
Look for these 4 signs.
If your home is 50+ years old (and its wiring has not been updated to modern building code standards), it may need rewiring for 3 reasons:
Used in 2 million homes between 1965 and 1973, aluminum wiring tends to overheat, sometimes at hazardous levels, when current is flowing in the circuit, according to a CPSC report.
You can tell if you have aluminum wiring if you see “AL” written on the wiring jacket.
While older homes are more likely to need new wiring, this isn’t always the case. There are other immediate signs to look for, including...
The circuit breaker “trips” to protect your home from electrical fires. A circuit breaker can trip for a variety of reasons, such as a short circuit. The short circuit may be caused by your old wires.
According to the CPSC, “When electrical components age or are overloaded, the system can overheat and wear out insulation. This can lead to arcs and short circuits, which are the main causes of home electrical wiring fires.”
Discolored or charred outlets are a sign that there’s a short caused by either a loose connection or faulty wiring. This can cause arcing and sparking, resulting in a small fire that chars or discolors your outlet.
Even if you don’t see faulty wiring, you may be able to smell it. The short caused by faulty wiring can happen in your walls, burning whatever is around it and thus creating a persisting burnt smell.
Do you have an old (50+ years) Florida home that’s never been rewired? Do you notice any of the other problems we mentioned above?
If so, contact Energy Today to inspect your home’s wiring.