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Renovating an Old Home? Why You Need to Call an Electrician

Electrical Tips for Your Home Renovation

Older homes can be unique and charming, but they can also come with a lot of issues that may not be visible at first glance.

When renovating your home, you should always make yourself aware of any electrical problems before going forward with renovations. In this blog, we’ll explain why it’s important to hire an electrician.

Update Outdated Electrical Wiring

Depending on how old your home is and how long it’s been since the electrical wiring has been installed, your wiring could be out of date. Circuits in older homes weren’t designed to power modern appliances and electronics.

While more and more modern-day electronics are being designed to use less power, you could be unknowingly causing strain to the wiring in your home. Signs of strain can be easy to detect — such as tangled wires and cords or power strips sprouting from an outlet.

When you rewire, you want to hire an electrician to lend a hand to:

  • Upgrade the main service panel to 100 amps.

  • Install new dedicated circuits to power your appliances.

  • Install new electrical outlets at least six feet apart to avoid a fire hazard.

  • Install three-prong outlets to avoid electrical shocks when plugging in appliances.

An electrician can provide more details of what else should be included when installing your new wiring and outlets in your home.

Add New Lighting Fixtures

Before adding in new light fixtures, an electrician can let you know if you need to run more wire. If you’re taking out those old ceiling lights and replacing them with something newer and more adequate for your space, you will need to decide where they will be installed.

Ceiling lights could be connected to an electrical box in your ceiling (typically covered with paint). Furthermore, electrical boxes contain wires that have live power in them — the cover of the box keeps the wires easily accessible.

Keep yourself safe from live wires (i.e., helps avoid the risk of touching the end of a live wire) by contacting a professional to test the voltage of the wires.

Create a Plan of Action

Work with your electrician to figure out what you want to accomplish with your remodel. Let them know where you want your new lights to go and allow them to do an inspection to make sure your home is up to code for electrical wiring.

Your electrician can map out where they will drill for the new wires and mark where your existing live wires are located inside of the walls. This will let you know what walls will have damage, the walls that won’t be damaged at all, and walls that need to be replaced once the wiring is complete.

Avoid Fire Hazards

One of the key elements of remodeling your home is knowing what can pose a serious electrical fire hazard. A licensed electrician knows what to look for and will look at the home’s insulation on the wires to make sure they’re not dried out or fraying.

It’s common for older homes to have grandfathered wiring that was installed incorrectly, but an electrician is your best bet to help you cut down the risk of a potential fire or electrocution. However, if one of these events does happen, contact emergency services and dial 911 immediately.

Contact an Expert Electrician

If you’re renovating your home, rely on a professional electrician to inspect your home’s electrical wiring. Keep in mind that if your home is 40 years old or older, you will need an inspection.

To schedule an inspection, contact Beacon Home Services at (703) 343-9884 today!