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Is it Worth Replacing Knob and Tube Wiring?

Langstaff & Sloan Inc. Knob And Tube Wiring

Should you discover knob and tube in your home, you’ll likely debate as to whether you can leave the old wiring in place or whether you should get it replaced. While this older wiring was effective for a time, learning about your options for knob and tube replacement in Toronto is recommended.

The ceramic tubes used for knob and tube could likely last a long time and the thickness of the wire used is similar to the wiring used today, but unfortunately, your outdated wiring will likely be overloaded with the needs of modern electrical appliances.

Why Consider Knob and Tube Replacement in Toronto?

When it comes down to it, you want your home to feel like a safe and relaxing space that you and your family can enjoy. As such, the electrical wiring that’s behind your walls certainly matters. Having a knob and tube replacement will give you great peace of mind as you’ll know you took important steps to reduce the likelihood of electrical fires or damage.

Here are some common problems that occur with knob and tube wiring that you should be aware of:

  • There’s no ground wire which works to divert stray electricity away from the circuit and the frame of your house. In the event of poor insulation, which after many years of use is common in knob and tube, the lack of ground wire increases the risk of shocks, short circuiting and even fires.
  • The outdated rubber insulation used in older wiring was not made to handle modern appliances. In addition, rubber insulation breaks down over time due to overheating or wear and tear, meaning it should definitely be replaced in older homes.
  • Instead of doing a knob and tube replacement, many older homes have had handymen or DIYers try to patchwork solutions together instead of updating things properly and to code. The result often leaves Toronto home owners with bad connections or extended circuits which can create potentially dangerous situations.

Langstaff & Sloan: Knob and Tube Replacement You Can Trust

At Langstaff & Sloan, we understand that undertaking a wire replacement is a big decision. In order to have everything go smoothly, our team takes ownership of all patching required to repair any holes made by the wiring replacement. Right from the start, we work hard to complete your job as safely and efficiently as possible. We’ll provide a written, detailed quote outlining individual costs and take the time to discuss the options so that you fully understand the work required. To learn more about working together and updating the wiring in your home, contact us today.