Unsafe electrical systems in old homes
Even if you have some basic knowledge on electricity, it is for your advantage to call on the Toronto electrician to determine the electrical safety of an old home. Not unless the electrical system has been updated, most old homes have an inadequate number of electrical outlets. Wiring that has been installed 50 years ago must have deteriorated to the point that live wires are already exposed. Most old homes have been installed with Knob and tube and wiring which is frowned upon by most insurance providers. Electrical service panels are prone to deterioration after 50 or more years and they can cause electrical shocks, power failures and other electrical dangers. In some cases, the electrical system has been subjected to water damage or pest infestation making it unsafe.
With today’s high demand for electricity, old electrical systems are usually inadequate. For example, in a new home, the kitchen will usually have one circuit for the dishwasher, a separate circuit for the convection oven and another one for the microwave and fridge. The electrician will also put the refrigerator in a separate circuit and have a 240-volt circuit if there is an electric range. At least 9 spaces will be found in the electrical panel to handle all the electrical demand.
In some old homes, occupants often solve extra demand for electricity through fuses that are too large. While this can prevent the fuses from blowing often, a fire hazard is being created. If you are buying a home that has fuse panels, you eventually need to have it upgraded. New circuits might be required as well as other wiring upgrades. A fuse does not allow more current to pass through than what is has been rated for. Circuit breakers will trip if too much current flows through it. After the circuit breaker trips, it can be reset which is a huge advantage over the fuses.
Electrical work can be dangerous. If you are fine purchasing an old home, it makes sense to hire electrician for an electrical upgrade. A qualified electrician can easily install a new service panel and additional outlets to eliminate the need for extension wires. If there are damages involved that requires replacements, it can really set you back but you will have the peace of mind that the home is electrically safe and sound. Many old homes have retained their beauty making them irresistible to home buyers. However, the cost of fixes may require dipping into your savings. Always make sure you are doing an informed decision for your own sake.