One of the most exciting chapters in life is realizing our dream home and seeing it turn into reality. However, whether it is a newly built one or a renovated secondhand house, more than the furniture-and-fixture-shopping and the interior set-up, investing in a coherent and safe electrical system should be one of our topmost priorities. Because otherwise, the dangers you and your family could be exposed to might be devastating or even fatal and you will not like that.
Now, here’s the thing: old, secondhand houses are highly likely to have deteriorating and worn-out electrical systems, e.g. wires, outlets, panels. Houses built in the early 20th century, in particular, often use knob-and-tube wirings which bear too much load that can lead to fire hazards. So, if you are eyeing on an old house, even if you have already sealed the deal, here are the items that you should watch out for:
· The designed electrical wiring vs. your degree of usage. You have to remember that the electrical system of the house is only fit for the demand of its former owners which can vary from yours. That said, if you are planning to invest in appliances including those that eat-up too much power, then the first thing you must do before moving is to have your trusted licensed electricall contractor upgrade your electrical system to your preference and needs.
· The electrical panel and power outlets. If the house is still using a vintage electrical panel, it also pays to upgrade it to eliminate safety and fire hazards and all the other potential sources of inconvenience. Likewise, ask your electrical repair service company to take care of the outlets, i.e. make sure they are grounded properly and are installed in compliance with the electrical codes of the state.
· The power circuits. Circuit breakers can offer protection but some houses do not have them and once overloading happens, you won’t like the outcome.
Signs of overloading might be lurking in attics or basement areas too. So, make sure to communicate this with your electrician.
To simply put, when it comes to electrical items to watch out for, the list can be overwhelming if you plan to check them on your own. But there’s a shortcut to that: all you have to do is hire a reputable and seasoned electrical service in Arvada like ElectriCall who has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the field after years of service.
For this and all your other electrical concerns in Colorado, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be glad to help.