If you have an upcoming home renovation project, especially of a relatively old home, you may need to consider electrical rewiring. The electrical wiring in many old homes is strained by the demands of modern living. New electrical appliances and devices may have more power requirements than your electrical wiring system is able to accommodate, which is why many homeowners of old houses tend to resort to the extensive use of extension cords. Overreliance on extension cords is often associated with overheating and this can have significant electrical consequences including electrical fires. An electrical rewiring project will involve replacing the entire electrical wiring system in your home. For this reason, you need to be very careful about any decisions you make concerning the project. Below are a few key things you should know about electrical rewiring.
Take Your Time and Evaluate Your Needs
A general idea of the layout of the rooms is significant when it comes to electrical rewiring. Knowing your room layouts will help you identify where you need key electrical fixtures such as lights, plugs, switches and sockets. This will, in turn, give the electrical contractors the right direction to conduct the rewiring. Having all the key information regarding the placement of major electrical features prior to the rewiring work is important because making changes later on will be time-consuming and costly.
Permits Will Be Required
There are multiple local codes that set the standards for everything concerning any electrical work being done. For instance, codes may define the type of electrical wires you need to use and the number of outlets you need to have in every room. Therefore, check out the local codes on electrical rewiring and obtain the required permits. Experienced electricians or electrical contractors will typically have taken on many home electrical wiring projects and will be able to help you acquire all the necessary permits in case you are finding it difficult doing so on your own.
Watch Out for Signs That You May Need to Rewire Your Home's Electrical Wiring System
You may like your home the way it is, but this doesn't mean that you won't need to replace the wiring. The only way you will know that your electrical wiring system is being strained by your modern power requirements is to look for signs of the same. Overreliance on extension cords for power is one sign that an electrical rewiring is necessary. Other signs to watch out for include flickering lights, visibly damaged electrical wires, constant tripping of circuit breakers or blowing up of fuses and charred or discoloured electrical outlets. Call an electrician when you see such signs for your electrical wiring system to be inspected to determine whether rewiring is necessary.