If you have a home that has been renovated and there are obvious problems with the work, then you want to be aware of some of the electrical hazards that bad wiring may cause in your home. Connecting old wiring, improper ground and undersized service boxes are some of the problems that can be found in electrical renovations. Here are a few of the more serious electrical hazards that you should look for with the wiring in your home:
1. Undersized Service and Tying into Overcrowded Circuits
In your modern home, there is probably a small army of electronic devices plugged into your electrical system at one time. Having too many devices on one circuit can overload it, which is a fire hazard. Therefore, modern electrical installations require a certain number of outlets per feet of wall space. In addition, the service must be able to support the extra outlets. Usually, you will want to add more breakers for renovations and new wiring that has been installed. If the new wiring has been tied into an existing circuit and the breaker constantly trips, then this is a problem that you will want to have a professional electrician address.
2. The Hazards of Splicing Old Wiring with New Electrical Installations
In older electrical systems different types of wiring may have been used. You should never tap into old wiring by splicing old wires to new wires. This is a big fire hazard when the wires are two different types of metal conductors, such as spicing decades-old aluminum wiring with new copper wires. The metal expands differently and will eventually cause a short circuit and potential fire where they have been spiced together. In addition, different gauged wires also cause problems when they are spliced together. The wiring should be done by a professional, and new wires installed to connect the service to new installations.
3. Using the Correct Type of Outlets for The Different Areas Of Your Home
If your neighbor offers to install outlets and does not install GCFI outlets in areas where moisture is likely to be present, then your neighbor is not a certified electrician. If you see holes for outlets that are too big and wires coming out of the sides, then this is a problem that needs to be fixed. There are different types of outlets that are used outdoors, in bathrooms and in kitchens, which are called GCFI outlets. These outlets have built-in ground fault protection to protect you from electric shock hazards. In addition, there are also, 20-amp outlets and modern outlets with USB connections or smartphone controls. These outlets have different wiring requirements and need to be installed by a professional for them to work correctly, without causing a serious electrical hazard.
The remodeling contractor or your neighbor are not licensed electricians, and should not do electrical wiring for renovation projects. Poor wiring and improper installations cause a real risk for fires and personal injury. If you think your wiring needs repairs or you are getting ready for major home renovations, contact a professionally licensed electrician to inspect existing wiring and recommend the repairs and improvements that need to be done.
Contact a company like Street Brothers Electric for more information and assistance.