When Should You Improve an Old House?

There has been a surge in the use of electronics over the last several years. There are now cell cellphones, laptops, wi-fi routers, hair straightening irons, TV’s and chargers for all devices to just name a few of the items you can find in almost every household. When all of these are used in excess in an old home you may find a few problems. You should check your cables and wires to ensure your electric system can handle all of the power surging through your home.
If you don’t complete proper checks you are running a great risk. Too many electronics plugged into an old outlet can cause a fire. Many people also face injuries due to shocks from old outlets when they are overloaded.
Here are some signs that you need to rewire your old home to handle the increased use of electronics:
1. If the socket sparks when you plug in cords you should probably rewire. You may have to replace lamps or chargers often because of the wiring.
2. If your home has 2 single electronic sockets in an area that is an indication of an old wiring system. These types of set ups were appropriate for post war 50′s real estate when there was not a need for great power. Nowadays we need many more electric sockets per space and no contemporary construction would be developed with only one or two electric sockets.
3. If the sockets get warm when things are plugged into that, that may be a problem. Devices like phone chargers can get heated, but this is normal. The socket itself should NOT heat up while in use.
It is better to be safe than sorry and although the cost might hurt your wallet a little, it will be better in the long run. If you do need a rewire then make sure that person you get to do the job is properly accredited. Electrical engineers certified to do this type of work should be authorized and accredited. They should have insurance and references to prove their credibility.

4. Poor electrical wires can cause home fires.  If your home does catch fire you can always contact Capital Construction Contracting Inc to come and repair any damage.