Five indicators that your home needs a rewire


Wiring tends to be an invisible aspect of your home, quietly doing its job behind the walls and making things work. Sometimes, you need to think about your home electrical services and look for potential danger signs. Here are some of the big ones that should prompt you to think about new wiring.

Your Outlets have 2-Holes

If the electrical outlets in your home are all built to accept 2-prong plugs, then it’s a very sure thing you need to have rewiring done. Though many small appliances and tools are fine with a non-grounded plug outlet, the fact that the house isn’t built with modern outlets means it’s out-of-date and are not grounded as per current safety standards.

The Breakers Trip Too Often

Do you frequently have to trudge to the basement because you “blew a fuse” and need to reset the breaker switches? This is a possible sign that the circuits in your home need to be upgrades to handle your power load needs. On the other hand, it could also be a sign that you have too many high-drain devices running at the same time on a single circuit. Try moving some items to other rooms if possible to see if that fixes the problem. If not, you will need an upgrade.

Buzzing, Flickering or More

There can be a whole host of smaller signs that should be taken seriously even if they don’t seem to be causing any real trouble. Do you hear buzzing or crackling around outlets or in the walls, or do the lights have a tendency to flicker or dim for no apparent reason. You might get shocks when you flip a switch, or you might smell hot plastic or metal when certain items are running. All of these are danger signs that the wiring needs to be looked at.

You Have an Old House

Any building over 40 years old may have sub-standard wiring, but the age of the house alone is not the issue. Even a 100+ year old farm house may have had upgrades to keep all the wiring up-to-date. The age of the house is just one small indicator.

Homes with wiring from the 70s and 80s may have aluminum wiring, which has been shown to overheat and is considered a fire risk today. Even if all your outlets have been upgraded to 3-hole style, there can still be older wiring in the walls. That means you’ll have to investigate a little. Look for AL on the wire cladding. Copper is the current standard and is fine.

Wiring that predates aluminum is even worse. Known as “knob and tube”, it is considered a hazard and must be replaced if you find it. Look for ceramic knobs and extremely thick plastic covered wiring.

You Need More Outlets

Do you constantly need to find an extension cord, or use those 6-plug outlet extenders in every room? In today’s electrical world, we all have more devices than ever. Instead of overloading one single outlet in a room, get an electrician in to upgrade the wiring to add a couple more.


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