2 Types Of Wiring You Should Replace In Your Home
Electricity in the home has changed considerably over the last century. With advances in technology and the ever changing needs in electronics and appliances, upgrades to older homes is absolutely essential on every level. Research has shown that 2 types of wiring in particular are not only no longer relevant, but also pose a threat to your home's safety. The types of wiring in question are aluminum wiring and knob & tube wiring. We'll briefly describe each wiring, why they should be replaced, and a safer alternative that is more efficient.
First, let's dispel a common myth. Despite the ongoing negative reports about aluminum, it's actually still usable in many homes. There are also some practical ways in which to continue utilizing aluminum without having to remove it. The truth, however, is that you have to babysit aluminum. An annul inspection is recommended. The reason for this is that aluminum expands and contracts with heat which is caused from electrical current. This constant expansion and contraction can cause loose connections, softness in the metal which can lead to breaks in the line, and corrosion and rusting. In the long run you face the potential of fire, higher insurance rates, and maintenance costs.
Knob & Tube Wiring
During it's heyday, knob & tube wiring was the standard for wiring both homes and businesses. It was developed in the late 1800's and lasted for a period of about 5 decades. But this was back in the day. Over the last 50 years better forms of wiring have developed, thus making knob & tube wiring obsolete. As knob & tube wiring gets older in your home, it becomes less and less efficient, and it can also be hazardous. In many cases, it also lacks the capability to deliver enough power for modern electronics and technology. Many homes in the Pittsburgh area built before 1950 still have knob & tube wiring and it has surprisingly held up. But replacing it with better wiring is highly suggested if you want a long term solution.
Safety Inspections and Troubleshooting
If you've lived in the same house for decades there's a good chances you've experienced problems and various issues with aluminum and knob & tube wiring. Many times these issues aren't detected until disaster strikes and you end up paying a heavy price. If you suspect that you have either of these forms of wiring, then you'll want to contact a Schlegel Electric technician to perform an on-site assessment of your wiring. A thorough inspection will reveal any weaknesses, damage, or other issues with your wiring. Safety inspections can also let you know if you're home is compliant with both city and state codes and also if your insurance company will cover any damage that may be caused from old or inadequate wiring.
A Better Alternative
For many contractors and electricians the best solution to aluminum and knob & tube wiring is standard copper wiring. It has proven to have the greatest durability, highest efficiency, and is much safer for any home. Copper stretches much greater than aluminum wiring and is far easier to install without the fear of breakage. Due to it's flexibility it will not break after repeated use. Copper also has much less oxidation issues than aluminum. It's resistance to oxidation means that you'll observe less corrosion and less rust. It will also withstand power surges and overloading and is far more capable of handling great power needs throughout any home or office.