5 Common Wiring Problems - Integrity First Electrical

If your homes electrical wiring system is out-of-date, chances are it is also overworked. An overworked electrical system means several things. First and foremost, it is very likely that your home is at an increased risk for an electrical fire. Another downfall of an outdated electrical system is that it struggles to keep up with your new appliances. If you want to save money on your electric bill by lowering your usage, outdated wires will make that very difficult. This means that not only are old wires putting you and your family at risk, but they are costing you a lot of money too! Here are five tips to maximize your electrical dollar and protect your home from added risk of fire: 1. Check out the lamps! Make sure that the bulb you have connected in your lamp is the correct wattage that the lamp requires, no more and no less. 2. Cover up! Your junction boxes that is. Uncovered or unprotected junction boxes are an unnecessary additional risk of electrical problems. 3. Fix frayed wires. If your lights flicker during a storm, it is probably because your wires are frayed. Replacing them will increase safety and protect your appliances from the harm of frequently being shut on and off. 4. Don’t overuse outlets. Evenly distribute your power usage throughout the room. One outlet with ten appliances plugged into it may cause damage to the appliances, and is a fire risk. 5. Copper only! Many houses, especially those built in the 1970s, have aluminum wiring throughout the entire home. This is a cheap alternative to copper, and should be re-wired with copper to prevent damage.  

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