If you own a house that is considered old or historical, one of the primary things you may want to do is to rewire your home. You may have appliances or gadgets that need advanced wiring to work that is why your main concern is to have new installations to be installed in your home. However, rewiring is not as easy as you think it is. In our previous post, we talked to you about five important things to consider before rewiring your home. Today, we will continue with five more points to ensure your home is ready for rewiring.
Get the Electrical Update Plan in Writing
Your Dayton electrician will have to make sure every detail of the rewiring project is written before creating an estimate. This is extremely important to ensure problems and issues are prevented even before they arise.
Choose a Residential Electrician with Extensive Experience in Rewiring Older Homes
No matter what type of home you have, it is always important to select a trustworthy and certified electrician to do your rewiring. There are risks and challenges involved in rewiring your house that is why it takes an expert to be able to handle them efficiently and safely. If you let inexperienced electricians do rewiring, you may find yourself in trouble of damaging your property or putting your safety at risk due to faulty wirings.
Budget and Plan for the Inevitable Demolition and Reconstruction of Rewiring
Rewiring an older home may require cutting into your wall or other areas of your home. If you are planning on rewiring your house, it would be practical and wise to renovate your home together with the rewiring to save on costs. You will not only save money, but you will also save time because they get to be done simultaneously. Always remember to include the cost for clean-up and reconstruction in your budget when you rewire your older home.
Strive for Balance
In the electrical industry, there is a term known as "home run" or a wire that carries power from the primary circuit breaker panel. Using a home run will be beneficial because there is a particular line connecting the circuit breaker to just one device which lowers the power the system has to store. It is helpful in preventing the circuit breaker from exploding. Not all situations allow a home run to happen. However, if you are rewiring an older home, you can talk to your electrician and strive for a balanced electrical distribution among outlets and circuits.
Updated Wiring with a Retro Feel
There are cases when some homeowners don't want to change the look of their historic homes when rewiring. The good news is that it can be done. You can talk to your electrician and ask for options. They can rewire your house without having to change the look of the exterior details of the switches and plates. There are a lot of available options in the market to ensure that your historic home still looks the same even after rewiring.
A lot of development and changes have taken place in the Dayton, Ohio area, especially in the field of electricity. Many homes were not built to be compatible with the new type of wires and power we use in the present because most of them were made when there was just basic electricity. Older homes can only handle a few necessary appliances such as lights, refrigerator, and TV. However today, with the development of new technology, we continue to invent new devices that would rely on electricity to function such as computers, entertainment systems, as well as security systems.
It is essential to change the wiring in your home if you live an old one to ensure that it can handle all your appliances. Read these five crucial things before doing any rewiring in your home:
Have an Inventory of Your Home's Electric Usage
List down all the electric devices and appliances in your home and in what part of your home you use it. Do it per part of your house. Take note of the lights you use in the kitchen, garage, and even the HVAC and water heater. Doing this will help you know how to rewire the house.
Know Your Local Electric and Building Codes and Check into the Pull Permits
Any electrical work in your home should adhere to the local building code standards. The codes will help you figure out the type of wire, how much wattage, or the number of outlets you can install. Failure to do this can put your house at risk. It would help a lot if you asked assistance from a professional residential electrician in this area.
Find Out If You Need More Than Just Electrical Wiring
If you are considering installing data lines or fire protection lines, it is best to do them at once. This will save you on cost and is more efficient than doing them separately. Consider all other things that you need to be done or installed in your electric and wiring system. Homes nowadays have gone far when it comes to wiring, and it can already function in multiple ways. Modern wiring systems allow you to take care of not just one wiring need but two or even more than that.
Prioritize Your Needs
Know what is most important to you. Your inventory will be essential in this part because you can tell which part of your home you want to start rewiring. Discuss is with your electrician and come up with a detailed plan on how you will complete the job safely and efficiently.
Survey Your Home's Existing Internal Infrastructure
You also need to know your home's plumbing, pipe, and load-bearing structure to ensure that the rewiring will be done correctly. It will help a lot of you will do a complete home electrical inspection done by a professional electrician to help you determine these things. Don't start unless you have done this to avoid hazards and redoing the process due to incorrect installation.
Consider these crucial steps before beginning your rewiring project and never hesitate using a professional electrician to ensure that the process is done safely and efficiently.
Continue reading part 2 of this article here.