3 Shocking Signs Your House Might Need Rewiring
Monday, July 26, 2021

Out of sight, out of mind is not a great motto to live by when it's about your electrical wiring. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean everything's happening as it should.

How do you spot the warning signs of electrical repair when the wires are hidden away behind the walls?

You have to use a few other tricks. We've put together this guide to teach you a few easy ways to find out if your house needs rewiring, or at least a couple of repairs.

Make sure you keep reading below!

1. Problems With Your Outlets

Do your outlets feel loose when you plug in a cord? Do they wobble back and forth or squish under your force? This means they aren't secured to the electrical boxes behind them, which can cause the live wires to pop out of place.

Because of this, loose outlets aren't something you should ignore.

There are a couple of other, more obvious signs of electrical trouble that come from our outlets, as well. For example, your outlets should never shoot electrical sparks when you plug something into them.

If you receive a shock (no matter how small), that's also a big problem. While it might not hurt now, it could become much more serious as the wires continue to deteriorate.

It's a good idea to feel your outlets ever so often. If they feel warm, something is wrong with your electrical system.

2. Burning Smells

Your house should never smell like it's burning (unless you forgot you had cookies in the oven). If you smell something burning and can't find the source, you should turn off the power, evacuate the house, and call the fire department right away.

A dangerous fire could erupt in a matter of minutes that could seriously injure you and your family. It's better to stay on the safe side call professional help.

Other fire risks (though maybe not as immediately serious), including hearing a sizzling sound when plugging cords into the wall. Burn marks on the wall above outlets or burned cords are another definite sign you need electrical repair.

3. Circuit Breakers That Keep Tripping

Circuit breakers trip for a reason, and you should listen to them.

If your circuit breakers keep turning off your power several times a month, your electrical system likely can't handle the amount of power you need to run your appliances. This is especially true if you live in an old house.

You might need to rewire your house to keep up with your needs.


Rewiring Your Electrical System to Improve Your Home Safety

Leaving a faulty electrical system on its own can result in some dramatic damages. Because of this, if you notice any of these electrical warning signs, you should talk to a professional about inspecting the wiring and devices in your house right away.  Certain panels like Federal Pacific have a bad reputation for causing fires and should be replaced.  Knob and Tube wiring is outdated, and typically should be replaced.   And there are challenges with Aluminum Wiring which can lead to dangerous situations if not dealt with properly.   

Feeling in over your head?    Not sure where to find the help?

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us! We'll take a look at your home and set you up with the repairs you need to stay safe and comfortable in your home.