smoke detectors save livesIf you call in your Myrtle Beach electrician to check your home’s wiring, one of the first questions that you will be asked is the age of your home. Old homes are more vulnerable to electrical problems and issues than newer homes. The old wiring and fuse boxes are dangerous fire hazards that could easily burn down your entire home.

Learning the basics

According to your Myrtle Beach electrician, every home, new and old, has an electricity or fuse box. This is where electricity from the grid is transferred throughout your home. The breaker box is what divides the electricity and sends it out to the different parts of your home.

It is easy to switch the breaker on and off, which you might want to do at some point especially when there is continuous lightning strike outside. It is also important that you as a homeowner, know how to turn the breaker back on when it has flipped.

Aside from these basics, there are three major things that you need to have better knowledge of in regard of your electrical system: the current electricity regulations, maintenance and the age of your electrical system wiring, and the age and performance of your fuse box. Keep in mind that old wiring and fuse boxes are dangerous fire hazards so it might be a good idea if you keep tabs on the age and performance of your electrical system in order to avoid losing your home to a fire.

What a professional Myrtle Beach electrician will tell you about your old home

Fires that can damage homes most often start with electrical wiring problems, especially if a home is more than 10-15 years old which will probably have old wires and fuse boxes. An old electrical system is bound to bring fire to your home.

This is why most insurance companies do not insure homes that have old wires, circuitry, and other aspects of the electrical system. On the other hand, it’s not easy for insurance companies to make certain whether or not a home’s electrical system is recent or has been updated. The reason for this is those home inspectors are not allowed to look inside a home’s walls even if they are going to check for the presence of termites or leaks. They can, however, take a look at the type of outlets in a home; 2-pronged outlets are dead giveaways that the home’s electrical system is more than a decade old.

Another sign that a home’s electrical system is just a few years old is an electrical box attached outside a home. 15 years ago, a new regulation has been imposed all over the country that requires a home’s electrical box to be attached outside the house. The reason for this is to allow firefighters to quickly shut off the home’s electric connection in the event that the house has caught on fire. Fire departments have proven the benefits and advantages of this regulation since it has been implemented.

What you need to do

Obviously, today’s era is heavily dependent on technology and, thus, the use of electricity. Hence, if your home is more than 15 years old, you definitely need an electrical system upgrade to accommodate your household’s increasing need for electricity use.

Keep in mind that homes built more than 15 years ago have electrical panels designed for low electrical loads; considering that there wasn’t much need for electricity at the time. In fact, it wasn’t until 20 years ago when households started microwave ovens, several television sets, coffee makers, food processors, and other electric appliances.

If your home was built 20-50 years ago and you have more electric devices than when your house was first built, your home will definitely be in a lot more risk of having fire and other electrical-related problems that may cause you to lose your home and all your possessions.

Call a Myrtle Beach electrician and upgrade your electrical system now

Before spending your money on purchasing more electrical appliances and gadgets, consider whether or not you need to upgrade your electrical system first. Call your local electrician and have him or her conduct an overall check-up of the entire system. Even if your house is not more than 20 years old, you still need to have the electrical system regularly checked by a certified electrician to ensure it is in good working condition.


Give Myrtle Beach Electrician Pros a call now to get in touch with a certified Myrtle Beach electrician.

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