Knob and Tube Wiring in Waldorf Homes
Knob and tube wiring was an older form of electrical wiring for buildings, and was primarily in use from the 1880s up until the 1930s. If you live in a historic Waldorf home, this potentially dangerous wiring could still be lurking inside your home. If so, you’ll want to have it replaced as soon as possible: knob and tube wiring is a major fire hazard.
The Dangers of Knob and Tube Wiring
Knob and tube wiring involves ceramic knobs and ceramic tubes that support lengths of wire. Modern Waldorf homes require more electricity than homes did in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and knob and tube wiring simply isn’t up to the task. The wires can overheat with increased electrical load, risking an electrical fire. The wiring is also quite old, and has likely deteriorated with age. Knob and tube wiring could be lurking hidden in your walls, even if you aren’t aware of it. An experienced electrician from S&S Electric can inspect your home and find out for sure whether this dangerous, outdated wiring is still in your home.
Knob and tube wiring isn’t the only type of unsafe, outdated wiring that could be in your home. You may also want to consult with the experts at S&S Electric about whether your older home has:
- Armored cable wiring
- Two-wire wiring
- Aluminum wiring
Aging and outdated household electrical wiring can pose a serious safety risk, and shouldn’t be ignored. S&S Electric can help you determine how to best repair or replace old wiring to better protect your home and family from electrical disasters.
Insurance Problems from Knob and Tube Wiring
As well as posing a serious safety risk, knob and tube wiring can also affect your ability to get suitable homeowner’s insurance. Many insurers will not cover a Waldorf home that still has this type of wiring, which is considered substandard. Even if they will, chances are you will pay significantly more because of it.
Don’t Take Chances with Subpar Wiring: Call S&S Electric Today
If you suspect that your Waldorf home may have outdated knob and tube wiring, consult with a qualified electrical specialist as soon as possible for advice on how to go about replacing this dangerous electrical work.