Unless you are an electrician, leave all electrical work at your older Great Falls, VA home to a professional electrician. Sure there are minor electrical issues you might be able to take care of on your own, but to be completely safe, it is always best to hire a certified electrician. Anytime you own an older house, there could be electrical dangers that are hidden in your home which you may know nothing about.
Hidden Dangers of Older Great Falls, VA Homes
Knob and Tube Wiring—This particular type of electrical wiring was used between the years of 1800 to 1930 in Great Falls, VA homes. Wiring runs through ceramic tubing and then is connected to knobs which prevent it from coming in contact with wood framing. If you notice this type of wiring in your older Great Falls, VA home, you should highly consider having your entire home rewired by an electrician. Knob and tube wiring is not safe and is considered a fire hazard because it is not a grounded system. It is recommended to call a professional electrician such as the team at Pullin Electric.
Arc Faults—An arc fault happens when electricity is unintentionally released from wiring or cords.
Common causes of arc faults include—
Damaged cords or wires which are caused by age, heat, or rodents.
- Pierced wires come from nails or screws pierced into the wiring behind hidden walls or from a chair sitting on extension cords.
- Overheated wires or cords come from too many lights or appliances connected to one circuit causing your fuse box or circuit breaker to trip.
- Improper electrical connections could be from a loose connection in an outlet or light switch.
No GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)—Any electrical outlet close to water at your home in Great Falls, VA should have GFCIs installed by a certified electrician. These improve the safety of your outlet by continuously monitoring the electrical flow in and out of the circuit. These should be installed in all bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and any other room in your Great Falls, VA home where the outlet could come in contact with water.
These new outlets should be installed by a professional Great Falls, VA electrician.