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Reasons To Replace Knob & Tube Wiring

wireKnob and Tube Wiring was once considered safe because there was much less demand for power in homes. Today, knob and tube wiring should be replaced because it cannot support the power demands of a modern household.

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association that approximately 47,820 homes were damaged by fire due to electrical problems during 2007 to 2011?

Since knob and tube wiring is not grounded, it can also produce dangerous arcs resulting in electrocution. Every year, home related electrocution accounts for an average of 60 deaths.

Home Value Weakens With Knob & Tube Wiring

If your home is still fitted with knob and tube wiring, it will be more difficult to sell. Potential buyers will know that the wiring has to be replaced first, so you can expect them to require that it be replaced as a contingency of the sale. Many will shy away and choose another home with a safe, updated electrical system.

Building Safety Code Inspections

Years ago, a home with knob and tube wiring would pass inspection, but it isn’t likely to today. Insurance companies often deny coverage on homes with knob and tube wiring because there is too much risk for them to grant the hazard insurance policy to the new buyer. Some homes have a combination of wiring with partial upgrades and breaker box. It will be difficult at best for repairs or remodeling to pass inspection unless the knob and tube wiring is completely replaced.

Exposed Wiring With Knob & Tube Wiring

If you examine the knob & tube wiring in an old home, you’ll see that the connections are not located in an electrical box. This puts the surrounding insulation and building materials at risk for fire. Since the wiring is exposed in many areas and not safely tucked behind walls, the insulation can become dry and rotten. Rodents often chew through the insulation.

If your home has knob and tube wiring and is located in the greater Los Angeles area. Call Smart Choice Electric for a free electrical inspection. being Los Angeles County electricians we don’t want to see anyone living in a dangerous situation.

For more information about knob and tube wiring, please call your local expert electricians at 626-888-5640 or complete our online request form.

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