In many cases, a professional electrician will recommend that your knob and tube wiring be replaced, or at least evaluated to ensure it’s still safe. This older type of wiring isn’t designed to handle the typically higher electrical needs of today’s homes and businesses. Not sure if you have this kind of electrical service in your home? Here are a few clues.
Your Home Was Built Before 1950
Residential electrical service that’s at least 70 years old is more likely to include knobs and wires or K&T wiring. This was once the accepted standard for household lighting, appliances and electrical outlets, reaching its peak from roughly the 1920s through the 1940s, although it was commonly used up through the 1950s.
Porcelain Tubes in Your Basement or Attic
If you can see much of your home’s electrical service wires in your basement or attic, you may have K&T wiring. Look for small white tubes made of porcelain or similar ceramic with wires running through them.
There is No Third Prong For Your Outlets
K&T wiring doesn’t include a grounding wire. In 3-prong outlets, the third prong is for the grounding wire. So if you have only 2-prong outlets, it’s a sign that your electrical wiring may be older than what your household electricity demands can safely handle.
Are You Concerned About Knob and Tube Wiring in Your Fircrest Home?
HB Electrical Solutions is your local licensed electrical contractor for all of your residential and commercial needs. From lighting upgrades to electrical panel service, hot tub wiring, remodeling and troubleshooting, we have the decades of experience it takes to give you peace of mind. Keep your home’s electrical system in good shape and ensure you have the power you need for all of your electronics by contacting us to evaluate and replace your knob and tube wiring system.
Safe Knob and Tube Wiring Replacement Services for Fircrest Homes
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