If you live in a home that was wired before 1950, there’s a strong possibility that it may need to be rewired.
Prior to 1950, cloth insulation was common on household wiring. Over time, the cloth insulation deteriorates and falls away from the wire, leaving it bare. There’s the risk of a bare wire sparking and starting a fire or shocking a family member.
The older the electrical system, the greater the need to have your house rewired.
For the safety of your family and property, call us to discuss your wiring upgrades.
How do you know if your MetroWest Area home needs rewiring?
Below are ways to determine whether a house rewire might be needed:
- Your home was wired before 1950. In addition to cloth insulation, homes wired before 1950 sometimes used ungrounded electrical systems. The older the electrical system, the greater the need to have your house rewired.
- The wiring is insulated by cloth. Cloth insulation is substandard and poses a general fire safety hazard to your home.
- Your home is wired with Knob and Tube wiring.The oldest electrical systems employ a Knob and Tube, or Knob and Spool wiring system, including cloth insulation. Homes wired before 1935 are likely to have this system.
- Aluminum wiring is present. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, over two million homes were wired with aluminum wiring, a known fire hazard.
- An ungrounded system. Grounding conducts excess electricity out of the home and to the ground. Without this conduction, excess electricity could start a fire or deliver dangerous shocks to household members.
- You don’t have enough power. If your outlets are frequently crowded or circuit breakers often trip, consider hiring WattsControl, Inc. to rewire your home.
- Using extension cords all the time. If those temporary extension cords became permanent installations, you need a better solution such as upgrading your electrical system.
We have experienced technicians who are ready to upgrade your wiring or electrical panel to meet your current and future needs.