Got Knob And Tube Wiring? 3 Reasons Why It Could Be Putting Your Home And Life In Jeopardy

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

While it’s a widely held belief that knob and tube wiring is inherently dangerous, it is not dangerous as long as it is in good working order. However, this type of wiring was used from 1880 to 1930, so most of the wiring lurking behind the walls in older homes has some issues due to age. Additionally, knob and tube wiring has been made dangerous, in many cases, due to upgrades within the home and within the electrical system itself. Following are three reasons why your knob and tube wiring might be dangerous. 1. Additions and Alterations Knob and tube wiring can only accommodate up to 12 circuits within a home. However, most modern homes have numerous dedicated circuits to accommodate the stove, washer and dryer, furnace, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal and refrigerator. And these are only a tip of the iceberg. There are also circuits for lights and electrical outlets.  To accommodate the needs of modern living, many houses with knob and tube wiring have had their electrical systems altered or added to, which overloads the whole system and makes it unsafe. So if you have modern amenities in your old home, it’s probably not safe to continue using knob and tube wiring. 2. Thermal Insulation and Fire Hazards Knob and tube wiring was installed using strict open-air standards that prevented fires, which means there had to be a lot of space or open air around the wires. You see, knob and tube wiring gets hotter than other types of wiring, which is why nothing was allowed near it. This poses a problem for homes that have had loose insulation blown into either the attic or wall cavities. Many times this type of insulation lays directly on top of and around the wiring, posing a major fire hazard. 3. Age and Wear Knob and tube wiring is old. And as such, it is susceptible to wear and tear that can break down the integrity of the wires, resulting in unsafe conditions. While this type of wiring is protected by thick insulation, critters, heat and other factors can cause damage or cause the insulation to deteriorate over time.  If you have knob and tube wiring, it isn’t necessarily dangerous, but there’s a good chance that things have happened throughout the years to make it unsafe. If you’re worried about your wiring, have it inspected by a trusted residential electrician who will be able to tell you if your system is still in good working order and safe for your family. To learn more, contact a residential electrician company like Excel Electric...

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Top 6 Ways To Protect Your Home From Hurricanes

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Hurricanes are devastating storms that cause billions in property damage each year. Hurricane season is fast approaching, beginning in June. If you live in the southeast region of the US, you know that the warm, lazy days of summer can also bring deadly storms. Here are six ways to protect your home from hurricanes: 1. Install storm doors. Replace your front and back doors with storm doors. These storm doors should not have windows or glass parts, since these can go flying in high wind conditions. Look for storm doors that have the FEMA seal. This seal certifies that the door can withstand 250 mph winds under testing. 2. Replace old windows with storm windows. Make sure all windows are removed and replaced with storm windows. Storm windows can withstand much higher winds than standard windows. The 400 series by Andersen Windows is a great choice for anyone who is looking for protection as well as style. The 400 series windows resist corrosion from salt, and are rated to withstand a large missile impact during testing. These windows combined with storm shutters will make your home safe from flying glass and debris. For more help with windows, contact a company like Fary W. T. Bros Lumber Co. 3. Install truss bracing for your roof. If you have a gabled roof, the roof will most likely not be able to withstand the high winds of a hurricane. This is because the only thing protecting the roof’s trusses are pieces of plywood. The trusses need to be reinforced with truss bracing. A roofing contractor can install braces. 4. Install hurricane straps. Regardless of the type of roof you have, you need hurricane straps. Hurricane straps literally hold your roof to your walls to prevent it from flying off. While the straps won’t prevent shingles or other pieces of your roof from being torn away, it will keep the majority of the roof in place. 5. Buy a water pump. Get a water pump for your home. It can be installed in the basement or on the lowest floor of your home. Many people understand the risk from high winds, but they forget about flooding. Water pumps prevent water from building up in your home. Make sure the pump is battery powered, so if the power goes out you can still prevent flood damage. 6. Reinforce your garage door. Garage doors can cause significant damage in high wind conditions, and it’s something that many homeowners forget. Your garage door should have a sticker on it showing its pressure rating. If it doesn’t have one, then it’s not rated for hurricanes and will need to be reinforced. Adding an additional layer of plywood or...

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About Managing Wastewater By Investing In A Septic Tank System For Your Home

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Did you purchase a home in a rural area with no access to a municipal sewer plant? Investing in a septic tank system is something you must consider it you want to manage the wastewater coming out of your home. Find out below how a septic tank system is able to manage wastewater, as well as an estimate of what tank pumping will cost. How is Wastewater Managed by a Septic Tank System? A septic tank system is able to manage wastewater by filtering it and then draining it in a way that protects soil. The system is able to work by way of connection to the plumbing system in your house. Each time there is a need for wastewater to be disposed of, it is sent into the tank of the septic system where it is then separated into three layers. The layers will consist of the solids that sink due to weight, solids that remain floating on the surface and liquid waste that will be in the middle of the solids. After the wastewater is separated in the tank, the liquids will be sent into the drainfield of the system. The drainfield is a series of pipes that are buried under the soil. The pipes have holes in them because they are needed for making sure the liquid waste is distributed in an even manner, as it can prevent a pond of wastewater from forming. Gravel is also used in the drainfield because it regulates the seepage of liquid waste into the soil by making the process happen slowly instead of fast. The waste remaining inside of the septic tank will have to be pumped out by a professional. However, some of the waste will naturally go away due to the presence of bacteria. How Much Does a Professional Charge for Septic Tank Pumping? The cost for a professional to pump out your septic tank will depend on how many gallons it is. You are looking to spend up to $350 plus on average. However, you can end up paying up to $2,000 plus if you want the drainfield lines cleaned and other complex work done to make the system more efficient. A septic tank system is the best way to manage wastewater in a rural area without a municipal sewer plant. Get in touch with a contractor like one from All County Operations to get your system installed so you won’t have to deal with flooded soil from...

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