Cloth Wiring Replacement

 

Cloth Wiring Replacement by our Tampa Electricians in Tampa Bay

Cloth insulated wire is a danger that many homeowners are not aware of. Homes that were built before 1950 were likely built with cloth insulated wiring. The wiring isn’t obvious, because it is hidden behind the walls. So, how do you know if your home has cloth wiring? The first place we look at is your breaker panel and an example is in the picture. A thin cloth material wrapped around wiring is the easiest indicator.


Cloth Insulated – Wiring Replacement FAQs


Why is cloth wiring dangerous?

Cloth-wrapped wiring is a very outdated style of wiring. This type of wiring is found in homes built before 1960. With cloth-insulted wiring, there is copper that is covered in cotton or rayon with either paper or rubberized insulation.


Why is cloth wiring dangerous?

One of the major reasons cloth-covered wiring isn’t safe is due to the fact the cloth becomes brittle over time and falls off the wiring. This leaves the wiring exposed. If anybody happens to touch the bare wires, they risk being shocked. Bare wires that come into contact with each other can spark, resulting in a devastating house fire.


Another issue with many of the old-fashioned cloth insulated wiring systems is the fact they are not always grounded. Ungrounded systems can be dangerous. Grounding a system allows excess electrical charges to be sent into the ground instead of the wiring in your home. Devices like computers, refrigerators, and any other appliances or entertainment systems may have their lives cut short by these electrical charges. A system that is properly grounded can help prevent electrical shock should there be some kind of accident involving an electrical appliance.


Your best bet is to upgrade your home’s electrical wiring if it is currently cloth. This is your best option to protect your sensitive electronics, protect your family and reduce the risk of a home fire caused by faulty wiring. If you are unsure about the type of wiring your home has and your home was built before 1950, give Team Electric a call Today and Schedule an Electrical Safety Inspection. We will be glad to help you with your cloth wiring replacement.


Is the wiring in my house safe?

The cloth on cloth covered wiring becomes brittle over time and may wear away. When this happens it becomes a potential shocking hazard. If you have cloth-covered wiring in your home, your home wiring may not be safe!

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