Montclair, NJ Knob–and–Tube Wiring Replacement Service
Electrical systems today are far safer than they have ever been before. Back in the late 1800s, though, electrical wiring was still a fairly new concept, and there was no way to predict how standardized wiring methods could go wrong. For homes built from the 1880s through the early part of the 1900s, knob-and-tube wiring was used instead of today’s updated systems held to rigorous building codes.
This method of wiring was quite useful for its time, but it was also much more dangerous than what’s common today. Some homes that remain standing from that time period are still occupied, and continue to use dangerous K&T wiring that could degrade or form a fire risk over time. Anderson Electric Corp. offers comprehensive knob-and-tube wiring elimination services, in order to modernize homes and remove any safety hazards resulting from this old technology. If your home uses K&T wiring, even if it’s just a small part, call today and our specialists will replace it for you. Contact us to schedule knob and tube wiring replacement services in Montclair, NJ and the surrounding area.
What Is Knob–and–Tube Wiring?
Knob–and–tube wiring gets its name from the method used to string wires around the house. Porcelain knobs nailed down throughout the system hold up copper conductors which are insulated with a protective porcelain tube. Additional rubber insulation was added where wires enter a device or appliance.
While it was a novel concept, the wiring insulation was not as effective as the insulation we use today. There is a risk that the protective insulation could degrade over time. And since homes that use K&T wiring are quite old, our electricians tend to discover a lot of problems due to modifications that have been made to the electrical systems over the years.
Should You Replace Your Home’s Knob–and–Tube Wiring?
By the 1940’s, most K&T wiring had been replaced with something much closer to modern electrical wiring. Sheathing the entire length of the wire in thermoplastic insulation made electrical work safer, easier, and more efficient. The knob–and–tube method may have worked well enough for its time, but it is considered outdated and dangerous.
The main problem for this day and age is that no new knob–and–tube wiring systems have been installed for almost 70 years. Homes that still make use of these systems are using very, very old wiring, and that makes K&T wires even more dangerous than they already are. The likelihood of sparking a house fire is higher in a home that is using old K&T wiring, especially if it’s putting a lot of demand on the system.
Certain intrinsic qualities of K&T wiring, such as that it has no ground wire and therefore cannot power three–pronged appliances, also cause problems in modern homes. Homes with K&T wiring are also far more likely to have improper modifications, usually in an attempt to keep up with modern technology without replacing the system entirely.
Call for Knob–and–Tube Replacement Services in Montclair, NJ
That’s why, in the interest of safety, it’s a good idea to have any K&T wiring in your home replaced as quickly as possible. Call Anderson Electric Corp. today to take advantage of our K&T replacement services in Montclair, NJ.
We are knob–and–tube wiring replacement and safety specialists, and we’ve been doing this for over 20 years. Our electricians are trained to find solutions tailored to your home, and we always listen to your needs to provide personalized service. We’ll make sure that your home’s wiring is both modern and safe. Give us a call to schedule knob and tube wiring replacement services in Montclair, NJ and the surrounding area.