According to the National Fire Prevention Association, faulty electrical wiring is the leading cause of residential fires. While changing the electrical wiring in your whole house may not be the project of your dreams, it could be the most important safety issue you are facing.
You may be in need of whole-house electrical wiring if you fall into any of these categories:
- You can’t plug your laptop cord into any of the rooms in your home because they are all two-prong outlets
- Your breakers trip or blow on a consistent basis every time you make a smoothie in your blender
- You experience a tingling sensation that your friends refer to as mild electrocution when you touch an appliance
- There is a room or appliance in your home that constantly smells like it is burning – and its not a lovely incense burner-type smell
All kidding aside, not having enough electrical can be more than inconvenient – it can be dangerous. Teague electricians can perform your whole-house electrical wiring whether you are building a new home or expanding your existing home with a new addition.
If you are unsure of the condition of the electrical wiring in your home, we can perform a safety inspection and give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Even though updating your whole-house wiring can be a daunting task, our skilled electricians can help you develop a plan that will minimize disruptions and save you money.
Hazardous Wiring Types
Older wiring types are not only out-of-date with today’s codes, they are dangerous. The outlets are ungrounded posing both shock and surges hazards.
For a period of about seven years, homes were built using aluminum wiring. The instability of this wiring type due to its tendency to expand and contract in heat and cold wasn’t recognized until it was too late for many homeowners. Homes with aluminum wiring are 55% more likely to experience a home fire.
Knob & Tube Wiring
A hundred years ago, most homes used knob and tube wiring throughout the home. These porcelain connector are ungrounded and as any historic homeowner can tell you, the outlets will not support today’s electronic devices.
Alternatives To Whole-house Wiring
We understand that whole-house wiring for existing residences is often cost-prohibitive. Aside for the expense of re-wiring your whole house, the project usually takes several days and involves repairing holes in the drywall that are required to access the existing wiring.
When this downtime and expense is not an option for you, the professional electricians at Teague can still help bring your home up to code and improve the overall safety. Oftentimes we are able to make suggestions that can drastically reduce the cost of your project through adding a few grounded plugs to accommodate your needs.
If you are ready to take on the task of wiring your whole house, you may want to consider advances in technology with the use of structured cabling. Structured cables are heavy-duty electrical and data cables that are combined to carry power, phone, Internet, lighting and heating throughout the rooms in your home. Structured electrical wiring has also been proven to increase the value of your home.
Contact Teague Electric today to schedule an appointment to have your wiring project evaluated by calling (913) 529-4600.