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Old House Wiring

Old House Wiring

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Signs Your Home’s Wiring is Not Up to Code

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If you have an older home or have done a few DIY electrical projects, your house may not be up to electrical codes. But how can you tell, and why exactly is meeting this code so important?

King’s Electricians are here in Central and South Florida with some tips to help determine whether you should have any code concerns and to explain why it is such a serious safety issue.

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The Dangers of Code Violations

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There are a few different types of building codes in the law that must be strictly adhered to by contractors. They exist on a federal, state and local level. You might have heard of the National Electrical Code (NEC), which is something that all 50 states must adhere to. Whatever the code, the purpose is to keep building occupants safe.

If your home does not meet code for your area, it poses a safety risk to you and your family.

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Signs of Electrical Code Discrepancies With Your Wiring

The NEC is extremely detailed and covers your entire electrical system. As a result, there are many possible ways your wiring system could be improperly installed/repaired. Two installation errors that will cause code violations include:

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  • New Lighting Attached to Old Wiring – If your home’s wiring has not been updated after 1987, then there is a good chance that any new lighting attached to it poses a fire hazard. If a splice box was installed, then you might not have anything to worry about.
  • Crowded Service Panel – At what point is your main electric panel overcrowded? If your panel has many wires that appear disorganized, they might not meet code. It might be hard to tell unless you have prior experience with other panels.

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These are warning signs you might be experiencing if your home’s wiring is outdated:

  • Scorch marks on outlets.
  • Frayed wires.
  • Dimming lights when using appliances.
  • Loose switches or outlets.
  • Popping, buzzing or cracking.

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If you have old house wiring or have had work done by questionable or inexperienced contractors, there is a chance that your building does not meet electrical codes. King’s can help. Reach us at (877) 937-9661 if you would like an inspection to help keep your home safe.

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