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Unless you’re an electrician by trade, few homeowners know all that much about electricity and wiring in their Manatee, Florida, home. However, it’s important to educate yourself. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, faulty electrical work causes 51,000 fires a year and over $1.3 billion in damage. If you know little about electrical wiring, here are some signs that it’s time to rewire your home.

Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires in the United States. Used between 1965 and 1973, electrical wiring is present in over 2 million homes in the country. The problem with this type of wiring is that it leads to faulty wire connections which can overheat and cause a fire. To identify aluminum wiring, look for “AL” on the wiring jacket.

Burned Out Light Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs burn out more quickly than CFL, LED, or halogen bulbs. If you notice these high-efficiency bulbs burning out with regularity, it’s a sign you may need a rewiring. This means that your fixture can’t handle the bulb wattage, and it needs a thorough inspection.

Two-Pronged Outlets

If you notice two-pronged outlets in your home, it’s a case for rewiring. Two-pronged outlets have no ground wire, leaving your family and electronics at risk of electrical shock or destruction. Many homeowners amend this situation by simply replacing the two-pronged outlet with a three-pronged outlet, but it doesn’t fix the risk of shock. In truth, this needs a rewiring to eliminate any potential hazards.

Extension Cords

Extension cords are a valuable asset when it comes to getting power in hard to reach places. However, if you’re constantly using them to power everyday electronics, it could pose electrical problems. Not only will a rewiring curb risk of shock or fire, but it will also provide a more convenient way to plug in everything you need.

Rewiring your home may sound like an expensive undertaking, but it pales in comparison to the costs of a fire. If you’ve identified any of these problems and need a home rewiring, call us, the professionals at Aqua Plumbing and Air today at (941) 306-3715.

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