When everything in your home's electrical system is working as it should, you and your home are safe from electrical hazards. Just like the other mechanical systems in your home, electrical wiring needs maintenance, which includes inspecting elements like wiring and outlets with GFI components. Here are some of the maintenance tasks to help with keeping your electrical wiring safe and up-to-date:
1. Wires and Hazards That Outdated Wiring Causes in Homes
The wiring in your home is a hazard when it is damaged, or if it is so old that it has poor insulation. If your electrical systems are decades old, you may want to have an electrician inspect the wiring for problems. Older wiring with aluminum or no insulation should be replaced to update your electrical system. In addition, inspect wiring in areas that are exposed to wear and damage, such as outdoors or in unfinished areas like basements and garages.
2. Checking GFI Outlets for Safety in Areas Where Moisture Is Present
In your home where moisture is present, such as in a bathroom, an outlet with a special ground fault circuit breaker is installed. These are called GFI outlets, and they help protect against the hazards of electric shock. If you have an older home, you may not have any GFI outlets, and you may want to consider installing them in the kitchen, bathrooms, and for any outdoor outlets that you have around your home. For the outdoor electrical wiring that you have installed around your home, you may also want to talk with the an electrical company like Williams Electric Supply about installing conduits to protect outdoor wiring.
3. Electrical Service, Breakers and Overloaded Circuits That Cause Hazards
Electrical service and breakers are part of your electrical wiring that also need to be checked. If you have an older home, the wiring may not have enough outlets to meet modern electrical needs. If you are using extension cords and gain-plugs all over your home, you may want to consider talking with an electrician about upgrading the service in your home and installing more outlets to meet modern electrical needs. Overloaded circuits will not only cause a problem with breakers flipping off constantly, they are also a fire hazard when too many appliances are connected to one outlet.
These are some tips to help with maintaining your electrical wiring and preventing hazards in your home. Contact an electrical contracting company to help with repairs and improvements that your electrical wiring needs.