Do Your Walls Have a Fire Hazard Within Them?

Your homes electrical box is where the grids electricity connects to your house. This is where your homes breaker box separates the electrical source to different areas and different room of your house. Although most homeowners know how a breaker is turned back on, they do not understand how important the age of their homes wiring, recent regulations, or the dangers of fires due to an old fuse box.

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If Your Home is Older than Fifteen Years

There are more dangers of fire in older homes than in new ones, and the reason is electrical. If a home has evidence of having porcelain knob circuitry or old wiring, insurance companies may not insure them. This basically is a fire hazard within your walls, and it will not take much to begin it. A Rowlett electrician can help you if you have old wiring in your home.
Insurance company’s problems consist of home inspectors not being allowed to go poking around inside walls for no reason – leaks, termites, or checking a materials viability. As such, there is no way for a home inspector to say without a doubt there is a particular grade of wiring in a particular home. One definite sign of old wiring is outlets that are 2-pronged instead of 3-pronged.

With new regulations in place, home electrical boxes must be on the homes outside. The fire department is partly the one to impose this regulation. This helps the fire fighter to quickly shut off the houses electricity when in flames. Fifteen years ago, this regulation was imposed across the country. Homes which are younger than 12-15 years old have breakers on the exterior due to the length of time it takes for new regulations to go into effect.

What Does This Mean

Across the country, 44 years old is the average age of a home. What this means is, most homes require electrical upgrades in order for them to carry what the average load is this time which is technologically dependent.

What homeowners must understand, whether their electrical box is outside or inside, electrical panels and wiring in older homes were designed to handle very light loads. Thinking back 20 years, a typical home had a TV, fridge, washer/dryer, HVAC unit, water heater, dishwasher, and microwave. A home’s typical fuse box could carry a an amount that was enough to handle this, including additional televisions.

Jump to the present day. If the home you live in was built 40 years ago, most likely it is struggling to deal with an additional TV, and it is also struggling to deal with computers, printers, multiple TV’s, DVD players, game systems, coffee grinders, coffee makers, blenders, food processors, and so on and so on.

Contact a Rowlett Electrician to Upgrade Your Electrical

It is extremely important if you live in an older home, to have your homes electrical boxes upgraded by a Rowlett electrician. This is definitely a must if your home has a fuse box.

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