There was a time, not so long ago that a home’s electrical system wasn’t grounded. Officially, the practice extended into the 1940s, although there are numerous home’s that were owner built without grounding into the late 1960s. In fact, in numerous small towns and rural locations, local codes were not a uniform practice until the past decade. Electrical systems that aren’t grounded use two wires rather than the third ground wire, meaning outlets aren’t grounded. The practice places a number of Americans in a dangerous situation. However, Mister Sparky licensed electricians can upgrade your home’s electrical system to current code with our electrical repair service.
The ground wire minimizes the risk of electric shock and protects electrical equipment from damage. Upgrading the system by adding the ground wire will bring it closer to modern safety standards. Modern electrical code requires GFCI outlets in specific areas.
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to prevent potentially deadly shock. On the face of the outlet are test and reset buttons enabling you to reset it when required.
Where GFCI is Required
GFCI outlets are required in kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors during new construction, applicable additions, and remodels. When you hire a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL, you won’t have to worry – our licensed electricians maintain up-date-knowledge of current code and regulations.
Reasons to Rewire
There is no doubt outdated wiring that’s worn, brittle, frayed, or lacking a ground wire, is dangerous and should be replaced. However, inadequate wiring is also a reason to contact an electrician for electrical repair service. Incredible as it may seem, wiring installed just a decade ago may now be inadequate for the average household.
Wiring is often inadequate due to the number of appliances in use in the modern home. The existing electrical system ten years of age or older probably does not provide enough circuits to operate the large number of small kitchen appliances used on the countertop, your range, water heater, clothes dryer, room air conditioners and other heavy draw appliances. An additional factor at play may be the home’s electrical service panel can be too small for the electrical load placed on it.
If you are having a problem with circuit breakers tripping, it may indicate inadequate wiring, and the need for electrical repair service. In addition, dimming lights with the use of small appliances may indicate inadequate circuits for your electrical needs.
Safety is the foremost aspect of ensuring the home’s electrical system is properly functioning and in good repair. Considering faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires, and with the fact that the older home’s wiring is more likely to be outdated or unsafe, a professional electrical inspection prior to buying a home, and every ten years thereafter is a wise investment.
The reason for periodic inspection is due to the damage electrical surges, overloads and lightning can inflict. Electrical surges are routine in the United States, and occur throughout the electrical grid when problems occur. A common example of problems is due to wildlife, such as squirrels.
Called “occurrences” in the electrical production industry, over time, even minor surges can damage wiring and appliances. Of course, larger surges can occur, and cause immediate and devastating damage to wiring and appliances including home fires.
Damage from lightning and surges can lead to a home fire. If you suspect wiring damage, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL today to schedule electrical repair service.
Surge protection devices provide the best protection of the homes electrical system, from the power pole, to the meter, in the electrical panel, and for individual appliances with surge strips.
Mister Sparky licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL are available to provide the professional electrical repair service that you need. In addition, we offer after hours electrical emergency services for your convenience. If you are experiencing tripped circuit breakers, or other electrical issues, give us a call. Our electricians offer electrical expertise for all your electrical needs. We serve the North Alabama region with reliable electrical repair service, and installation. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.