Although old homes are charming, they may also have some hidden dangers caused by old electrical wiring. Old electrical systems and poor wiring can create a wealth of hazards in your home. In addition to causing major inconvenience, an old electrical system poses dangers that you should know about.
At the very least, an inefficient electrical system can turn into expensive monthly utility bills.
What’s more, an outdated electrical system can damage electronic devices, computers, and expensive appliances. At worst, an old electrical system can become a huge fire hazard and puts your family members at risk of suffering electrical shock.
Recent statistics suggest that in the U.S., almost 51,000 electrical fires result in close to 500 deaths. Most of these accidents could have been prevented by knowing the causes of an electrical fire, being aware of the warning signs, and taking proactive measures to prevent an electrical fire from starting in the first place.
Signs of an old electrical system include cracked, missing, or damaged wire insulation which leaves the metal part of the wires exposed. If wiring is surrounded by building insulation of any type, this is another red flag. You should also inspect your electrical panel to look for any burned or melting areas.
If you have frequently blown fuses or tripped breakers when running several appliances at once, this is another warning sign. All of these issues warrant calling a licensed electrician so that a full inspection can be performed.
Have a fire prevention plan in place, because electrical fires are one of the main dangers associated with having an old electrical system.
*Make sure your home is equipped with smoke and fire detectors that are functioning smoothly. Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors and don’t ever ignore a ‘beeping’ smoke detector.
*Devise an escape plan and make sure all of your family members know how to evacuate the house in case of a fire—electrical or otherwise.
*Find the cause of a blown fuse, rather than simply resetting a tripped circuit breaker. If you don’t know the source of a blown fuse, it’s time to call an Orlando electrician to inspect and correct the problem before you encounter a dangerous situation.
*Contact an electrical service company in Orlando, FL, to perform an electrical inspection. Request a free estimate to replace old or faulty wiring. The cost of replacing an old electrical system depends on several factors, including the age and size of your home, the amount of time it takes to remove old wiring and install a new system, and the cost of any renovations that might be necessary to replace the electrical system.
The good news is that you can take action to prevent a potentially dangerous situation. If you suspect you have an old electrical system in Orlando, make it a priority to have your system inspected by a professional. Our electrical service contractors in Orlando, FL, can help you keep your family safe. Contact In Phaze Electric Inc., today for a free estimate at (407) 599-7777.