If you are living in an older home or planning to buy one, you should know that it comes with its own set of oddities such as creaky floors and old pipes. However, these are pretty harmless, but other issues in old homes can be quite dangerous. Issues Things like lead paint, asbestos, and electrical wiring problems can all cause some major problems if left unattended.
To keep yourself and your family safe from these dangers, you don’t need to move out of your gorgeous Myrtle Beach Vintage or historic home, you just have to do a little repair and maintenance work. So, hire an inspector to check out suspicious issues, and hire a Myrtle Beach electrician to help get your old home up to date.
Here are some common electrical concerns for older homes:
In houses that are over 40 to 50 years old, the wiring may need to be replaced. This is for your safety as well as the efficiency at which your electronics and appliances can run.
In houses built in or before the 1940’s, the wiring may have become corroded. This can make your home dangerous and may cause minor problems like minor electrical shocks, or big problems like major electrical shocks or even house fires.
Old wiring is also not equipped to handle the capacity that most of your electronics and appliances need today. There are fewer electrical outlets for one, and each of these outlets cannot handle as much as newer electrical systems can.
Your current electrical outlets are grounded, which means they protect you from potential electric shock. Grounded outlets are the outlets that have two vertical slits of different sizes and one round hole on the bottom. Each of these holes runs to a different part of your electric service panel or circuit breaker. The grounded holes, the bottom hole and one of the slits, act like a safety net in that if an electrical surge over a certain wattage they will signal the circuit breaker to cut off.
In some Myrtle Beach vintage homes for sale, you might not find grounded outlets. This means that there is no control to the amount of electricity that can flow through the outlet except for the capacity that the wiring can handle. In the event of an electric surge, the outlet could pop with a large electric shock, and potentially catch fire.
Grounded outlets are required for any appliances that are encased in metal, such as your kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, and computer equipment. So in order to use and maintain modern appliances in an old house, the outlets will likely need to be rewired to keep you and your electronics safe.
For old houses, it is better to be safe than sorry. Get your home inspected by a good Myrtle Beach electrical contractor and strongly consider having the entire house rewired. It can be a time-consuming and expensive process, but the alternative risks really just aren’t worth it. Old pipes may burst and make a mess, but you could lose your home to a fire, or be injured or worse, due to old and faulty wiring.
It is better to make safe decisions for yourself, your family, and your beautiful old house, you can consult Myrtle Beach Electrician Pros regarding your electrical wiring concerns.
Myrtle Beach Electrician Pros
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577