Knob & Tube Wiring & Removal In Winnipeg
What is knob and tube wiring?
Knob and tube electrical wiring is the oldest kind of residential wiring and it is now considered antique in the electrical trade. Porcelain knobs guide the wire along its run while porcelain tubes support the wire as it passes through wooden studs and joists. The old-fashioned wire is insulated by paper- or asbestos-wrap and is designed to be air-cooled.Knob and tube wiring was state-of-the-art from the early 1900s until around 1950. Knob and tube systems were designed to power simple devices of the early 20th century that did not draw a lot of electricity by today’s standards.
Do I have knob and tube in my house?
If your house was built before 1950, you might have knob and tube in your house and not know it. Because knob&tube wiring is largely hidden behind walls, floors, and ceilings, and because homeowners tend to have done partial electrical upgrades over the years, it is advisable have an electrician visit your house and tell you if you have knob&tube. Signs that knob and tube is present include 2-prong outlets and no junction boxes for electrical devices, although there are more determining factors.Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can determine if you have knob and tube in your house.
Is knob and tube wiring safe?
Untouched knob and tube wiring systems are generally safe. Damaged, abused, or otherwise compromised knob and tube wiring systems may be unsafe.Some potential problems include:Improper Splices.Knob and tube wiring systems damaged by improperly done or faulty splices can create a major fire risk.Exposed wires. The old-style insulation meant to protect the wires can flake off due to the natural aging process, leaving wire exposed. Abuse can occur by either rodents biting through the insulation or persons mishandling the wires.
Ungrounded system. Ungrounded knob and tube wiring cannot be used to wire modern grounded electrical outlets. While the science of an ungrounded system is not defective, knob and tube systems compromised to accommodate modern electrical devices may increase shock hazard. Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can perform an electrical inspection and determine a level of fire risk in your home. Since every system is different, knob and tube wiring are assessed on a case by-case basis.
What is the cost to replace knob and tube wiring?
Knob and tube wiring replacement cost depends on how many circuits and devices are in your home.
Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can provide a free estimate.
I hear re-wiring a house is disruptive and messy. Will my walls look like Swiss cheese?
Mr. Electric of Winnipeg are knob and tube removal experts. We pride ourselves on maximum respect to our customer’s lives and property – and the absolute minimal amount of holes.
Knob and tube wiring and insurance
Insurance companies may not write a new policy if a house has knob and tube wiring. Check with your insurance provider.
Occasionally insurance companies request an electrical inspection. Mr. Electric of Winnipeg can perform the electrical inspection to determine the percentage of knob and tube in your house and provide a level of fire risk.
Benefits of knob and tube replacement
Modern day electrical standards include improvements to new wire technology, the modern grounded electrical systems, and better wire installation methods. New wire technology, temperature-rated wire contained in a nylon sheath, provides better protection than the old paper-wrapped wires. Properly grounded modern electrical systems minimize shock hazards. Wire installation methods are designed for today’s power consumption. Professional installation of a modern electrical system by Mr. Electric of Winnipeg, and deactivation of your old knob and tube system, will improve your home’s safety and will often increases your house value. Overall, it is generally considered a worthwhile expense to upgrade and modernize your electrical system.
Your home is your biggest investment and one that requires proper maintenance to make sure that all systems are operating effectively and efficiently. A modern home is built to incorporate complicated electrical systems allowing us to enjoy the creature comforts of 21st century life. Only when all of these systems are operating as intended can we be certain that you’re getting a return on your investment, whether you decide to sell your home later or stay as long as possible. Keeping the electrical systems of your home updated with the latest technology will ensure a high degree of efficiency in energy use and secure your home for many years to come. At Mr. Electric, we do this by offering knob and tube removal for Winnipeg homes done by our skilled technicians and at an affordable cost.
Now considered an outdated method of delivering electrical service, knob and tube wiring was once used to power homes in the early 20th century until about 1950. These systems are usually safe but over time the wiring can degrade causing a loss of electricity transmission. In addition, the electrical devices of the early 20th century were much simpler and needed to draw much less power than the devices of our modern times. If you think you may be in need of having knob and tube removal in Winnipeg performed on your home, the only name you need to know is Mr. Electric.
So, how can you tell if you have knob and tube wiring in your home? If your house was built before 1950, there is a good chance this type of wiring is still being used somewhere in your home. Often, homeowners will only partially upgrade their electrical systems, leaving old parts and outdated technology in some areas. Since this type of wiring is hidden behind walls or floors, you may not even be aware of it. If you have any two prong outlets in your home, you may have knob and tube wiring, however, there could also be a lack of junction boxes that you wouldn’t be able to readily see. Mr. Electric’s expert electricians can visit your home and determine if you need any knob and tube removal on your Winnipeg house.
Leaving knob and tube wiring in your Winnipeg home, may be leaving you and your family at risk in addition to operating less efficiently. Problems such as improper splices or exposed wires that could be due to old age or even mice chewing on the wires over the years can cause a fire hazard. By having knob and tube removal in Winnipeg performed on your home by Mr. Electric, you’ll not only gain peace of mind but possibly increase your home’s value through the updating of its electrical systems.
The cost of performing knob and tube removal in Winnipeg varies with regard to the number of circuits and devices in your home. Mr. Electric’s skilled professionals are always happy to provide a free estimate.
Over the years, a staggering amount of advances have been made in electrical technology, from improvements in wiring, materials used to wrap the wires and entirely grounded systems that minimize shock hazards. Update the foundations of modern life in your home today with knob and tube removal in Winnipeg by Mr. Electric and secure where you live for the next 50 years.
Why you need knob and tube removal in Winnipeg
Knob and tube wiring is one of the oldest methods of wiring which can be seen in older homes. This type of system was extremely popular until the 1950s, but the emergence of new and advanced wiring methods have made knob and tube wiring not just obsolete, but it is also considered as hazardous. We all are well aware of the fact that electricity is a potentially destructive and powerful force therefore, it is essential to ensure that all the wirings and connections in your house are up to date.
Needless to say, knob and tube systems are outdated and if you want proper and safe wiring, you must replace such systems with new methods. Mr. Electric of Winnipeg has an experience of more than 2 decades in commercial and residential knob and tube removal. So, if you are thinking why do you need knob and tube removal in Winnipeg, then you should read the following points.
- Old and outdated: If you have knob and tube wiring in your house, then it means that it is probably 60-70 years old. After such a long time, not only connections get worn off, but old knobs and tubes might also get brittle and develop cracks thereby, representing bigger threat to your house.
- Adding new wiring is complicated: Because this technique is so old, nowadays, it is very hard to find a home or a building with 100 percent knob and tube wiring. Instead, most homes possess a hazardous combination of modern and knob and tube wiring. The biggest problem with this is, not only it is extremely difficult to add more wiring to the original system, but the whole combination is not deemed as safe.
- Ungrounded system: The old system is ungrounded which is totally unacceptable according to modern standards. Though, ungrounded systems were not completely worthless, but due to the current use and demands such wiring possesses greater threat of shock hazards.
- Modern needs: Nowadays, more amount of electricity is used at homes and these old systems are not built for such a high electricity flow. Even if you restrict your power consumption, it is highly likely that one day or other, you will have to face some bigger problems if the old wiring is not replaced. It is due to the fact that old system are not only incapable of handling modern needs, but, high electricity demands can cause overuse of the whole system.
- Material: One of the major problems associated with knob and tube systems is the materials used for insulation. In such systems insulation is done by using rubber rather than plastic. The issue is that rubber degrades with age which further exposes bare wires thereby, increasing possibility of short circuits.