If you currently have aluminum wiring, you should know that it can still be considered a safe option. While there can be some problems with aluminum wiring in homes, there are special considerations that need to be followed and upgrades that should be completed in order to make your space as safe as possible.
Aluminum electrical wiring does have several properties that make it substandard in comparison to copper wiring, which is used more commonly today. Aluminum is a softer metal, making it prone to damages during installation. It also expands more when heated, causing your wiring to loosen more frequently.
What to Do with Aluminum Electrical Wiring
Although many properties in the Toronto area still have aluminum building wiring, this type of wiring is more susceptible to wear and tear which is a cause for concern. Since most houses that have aluminum wiring were built in the ‘60s and ‘70s, there’s been a substantial amount of time for aluminum wiring in homes to deteriorate.
If your Toronto or Etobicoke home does have aluminum wiring, certain measures can be taken to ensure that it is safe. Here are some steps you can follow: Here are some steps you can follow:
- Contact a licensed electrician to conduct an inspection. They can assess the current state of your wiring and then provide options on how to complete upgrades or rewiring. Even if your aluminum electrical wiring is in an overall good condition, be sure to have all your heavily used circuits thoroughly inspected each year.
- Talk to your insurance company. Some homeowners learn that their insurance company won’t provide or renew insurance coverage on homes with aluminum wiring unless the wiring is inspected, repaired, or replaced. You may also be required to provide a certificate during the inspection in order to be insured.
- If repairs are necessary, it is critical that you hire someone to complete the job. You should look for someone who is not only a licensed electrical contractor but who also has experience with aluminum wiring.
Langstaff & Sloan – We Can Help with Aluminum Electrical Wiring
Aluminum building wiring can still safely power your home or office space. However, it really does come down to ensuring that the proper steps are taken to make sure everything is still functioning well. The team at Langstaff & Sloan can complete a thorough inspection and determine the best next steps to reduce potential dangers and hazards. Our certified electricians have the skills and knowledge needed to work with aluminum wiring. To find out more about how we can help, contact us.