Old House Renovation - Common Electrical Issues

There are not many things in life more beautiful than an old house full of life and history. However, old homes usually require quite a few renovations that can uncover a lot of worrisome problems, the biggest being damaged and outdated electrical wiring. Outdated and faulty wiring can cause serious damage to your home, but more importantly, put you and your family in grave danger. So, if you’re planning to renovate your old house, here are some common electrical issues you should keep your eye on.

Not enough power

Today, we need much more electrical power than we did 30-40 years ago. At that time, the codes that advise putting more power access points than you need at the moment didn’t exist, hence the constant lack of electrical outlets in old homes. However, now we have new codes and ever-growing demand for electricity which means you probably need additional outlets. Also, your home’s outdated electrical system isn’t equipped to provide you with the amount of power you need. That’s why old homes often experience light flickering and dimming. If you need more power in your home, don’t hesitate to call a professional.

Outdated wiring

Aside from having insufficient power, having old wiring can cause just as much trouble to homeowners. What people don’t realize is that wire insulation can be eaten through by pests or simply deteriorate with time. Once the wire insulation is weakened or damaged, there are many issues that can occur, the most dangerous of them being fire. Sometimes, the fire can start inside your walls, without you even knowing it. So, when doing your old home renovation, pay special attention to the condition of wiring insulation.  

Dead outlets

Both new and old homes have issues with dead outlets, even though it’s more prominent in older homes. This problem usually occurs when there is a dead connection on one end. Once you find a dead outlet don’t mess with it unless you know exactly what you’re doing. The best solution is to call a professional who knows how to handle older electrical systems.

Old knob and tube wiring

Knob and tube wiring is quite common in old houses. For instance, Australia has thousands of homes built a hundred years ago and the possibility of finding this type of wiring in homes this old is super high. This system functions in the following way: there are porcelain insulators or knobs for running wires through a home. Although this system is quite effective, the wires can wear down over time and pose as a huge fire risk. Additionally, some homeowners whose homes still have knob and tube wiring are having great problems with their home insurance. Some companies don’t want to offer coverage unless you replace your old wiring. If your home still uses knob and tube wiring, it’s a great idea to replace it during your home renovation. Contact an experienced Sydney electrician who will bring your home wiring up to date and rewire your home professionally and quickly.

Bad DIY fixes

If you’re not the first owner of your old house, the chances are that its previous owners tried their hands in a few electrical DIY projects. Usually, if you notice there’s something wrong in your home, especially when it comes to wiring and plumbing, you can bet someone tried to fix something years ago and did a lousy job. Some home repairs are best left to the professionals, and electricity is certainly one of them.

Once you finish your renovation and fix all electrical issues, your old home will look better than any contemporary house and it will certainly have more charm, warmth and history.

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