Knob and Tube Wiring
If your home was built before 1950, there’s a high chance that it has knob and tube wiring. This method of wiring is considered unsafe to the point where some insurance companies will not cover the property if they discover it has been used. In fact, this form of wiring is considered a violation of today’s electrical building codes. That’s why it’s always recommended to have a reliable electrician to replace the wiring as soon as possible. At Imas Electric INC, we offer knob and tube rewiring services to all our clients in Toronto. We’ll keep your home or business safe and prevent you from committing a serious electrical code violation.
This form of wiring uses an ungrounded system. This simply means you only have a neutral wire and hot wire instead of also having a grounding wire. A grounding wire is an important component of the system since it discharges electricity safely into the ground whenever there’s a surge or fault. Without a grounding wire, excess electricity doesn’t have anywhere to go thus increasing the risk of shocks and electrical fires.
Get Proper Wiring For Today’s Electronics
Modern electronics require more electrical power compared to what was used in the 1950s. For this reason, your home or business needs proper wiring to cater for today’s electrical demands. Appliances like washing machines, refrigerators, boilers and ovens require high ampacity loads. When the wiring cannot sustain the high loads, the insulation becomes brittle exposing the wire. Once the wire is exposed, it gets overheated increasing the chances of an electrical fire.
One common sign of a house that’s using a knob and tube wiring is a two-pronged outlet. This type of outlet simply means that the electrical system doesn’t have a ground wire. This increases the risk of shocks and injuries especially in rooms that are prone to water like bathrooms and kitchens. If you don’t have a budget to replace the building’s entire wiring, you can still get a customized update that includes ground wire. Talk to our electrical contractor to discover ways to get rid of the knob and tube wiring in your building.
Electrical Wiring Inspection
There are other electrical issues that could be far more dangerous than knob and tube wiring in your building. For instance, an electrical contractor may add more wires to the knob and tube system in order to prevent fire hazards. This hardly works and in fact, it can cause old electrical circuits to blow out often. You will end up buying a larger fuse to prevent the circuits from breaking but this doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Keep yourself safe from fire hazards and avoid recurring costs by fixing the buildings’ wiring once and for all.
Wiring can experience damage due to household pests that eat on the insulation leaving the wires exposed. Knob and tube systems also contain a lot of space around the wires allowing heat to dissipate. If you want to find out if your building has knob and tube wiring or you have any questions regarding the current electrical system, call Imas Electric INC today. We’ll deal with every aspect of wiring so you don’t have to leave in fear of a fire hazard anymore.