We love old homes. There’s just something so magical about a home built at the turn of the century that has been fixed up and renovated to fit our modern needs. Old homes have character, and if you’ve got an older home then we think it’s something to be proud of! They take a lot of work to maintain, but we always find that it’s worth every penny.
One problem we get called a lot for in older homes is knob and tube wiring. We’re certified electricians in Palatine, IL, which means we’re more than capable of removing your home’s knob and tube wiring as you modernize the electrical system. However, if you’re finding yourself asking the question “what’s wrong with knob and tube wiring, can’t I keep it?”, then you’re in the right place.
Here are three quick reasons why you might want your knob and tube wiring replaced in your older home.
It Can Be a Safety Concern
First and foremost, knob and tube wiring can be a safety concern. If you’ve got a home with live knob and tube wiring, you could see higher home insurance premiums because of the risk this type of wiring poses for your home. Here are some safety concerns with knob and tube wiring:
- It doesn’t mix with moisture. Not many electrical systems do well when they come in contact with water, but even just the slightest bit of moisture on a humid day could cause live knob and tube wiring to become dangerous and start sparking.
- It’s always old. Knob and tube wiring is old, which means it’s likely falling apart or hasn’t been updated in decades. This on its own is a safety hazard, regardless of how insulated it is.
- It can be overloaded. Knob and tube wiring wasn’t designed for our intense electrical needs. They can easily be overloaded and pose a safety risk.
It’s Not Grounded Properly
Have you noticed all the outlets in your home that with GFCI protection have three prongs? That’s because they’re grounded. This means they won’t destroy or harm your electrical devices and appliances when there’s a power outage.
Knob and tube wiring isn’t grounded properly, which means you’ll need to find workarounds to plug in a three-pronged plug into any knob and tube outlets. This is a huge risk and can be a quick way to ruin the electrical system of your appliances and sensitive devices.
It’s Incompatible With Our Energy Needs
Knob and tube wiring was designed at the turn of the 20th century when homes started requiring electricity. They were designed for a single light fixture, or perhaps for one or two electrical devices in your home. We use countless electrical devices now, and most of our appliances from water heaters to dishwashers run on electricity. Knob and tube wiring isn’t designed to use this much electricity, and the problem will only get worse over time.
Our team can provide whole-home rewiring that is bound to make solid improvements. There are several different methods we can use to remove the knob and tube wiring, turning your old house from an electrical safety hazard to the modern home that you want it to be.