Knob and Tube Replacement Wiring

Knob and tube wiring was one of the first types of standardized wiring for buildings. It was used mainly between the 1880’s and 1930’s, which makes it one of the oldest forms of electrical wiring. If your home was built before the 1930’s, it likely had knob and tube wiring. If your home still has knob and tube wiring, it should be replaced as soon as possible.

Knob and Tube Replacement Wiring

What are the risks of knob and tube wiring?

Knob and tube wiring has many risks:

  • The age of these systems means that they are typically in a serious state of disrepair when they are still in place. The woven material that was used to encase the hot wire tends to break down over time.
  • Knob and tube wiring does not incorporate a ground conductor, which can be extremely dangerous with the complexities of modern life and the ways devices are now used.
  • Switches were often placed on the neutral wire, which means that they would turn off a circuit, but not turn off the electrical current, which can lead to house fires.

Why replace knob and tube wiring it if it is working?

If you have knob and tube wiring in your home, it could seem to be working fine right up until the point when something goes drastically wrong. Because you can’t see behind your walls, it’s often difficult to determine if you have a problem, and there is no way for you to determine when a problem might occur, or what kind of hazard it will be.

Who can inspect my knob and tube wiring?

At WIREONE, we take home safety seriously. WIREONE is available to inspect your electrical system to make sure that it is operating safely and is up to date with modern electrical codes. If we find anything that is dangerous—or potentially dangerous—we’ll discuss the problems with you and suggest the best ways to move forward, with a variety of pricing options and strategies to fit every budget. We’ll make sure that your home is as safe as possible before our job is complete.

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