Owning an older home comes with a few different risks when it comes to your electrical. If you are thinking of having an audit performed to determine the greatest risks of fire then an electrician is a great place to start.
Some of the things they will be looking for are:
- Fire alarms – New fire alarms are hardwired into the power system for safety’s sake. Many older homes can enjoy this process.
- Overworked panel – When your panel has too many wires coming from it, it means there is a chance of too much draw. You want a panel that can cover all the power usage for your home, not just a part of it at a time.
- Faulty wiring – It could be old two wire, aluminum, or many other questionable practices. What matters is that you can reduce the risk of fire if you replace these sub par electrical elements.
It’s a great idea to have a periodic audit of your home to determine the high-risk elements for fire. This stands true whether you are doing renovations and additions or not. Not only will you feel safer, but your insurance company will thank you.