Knob & Tube Wiring Removal & Replacement in the North Shore
Serving Salem, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Lynn & Surrounding Areas
Electrical wiring is one of the most critical unseen features in your home. It serves the vitally important task of carrying power to outlets, light switches, and appliances. If your home has outdated knob and tube wiring, consider replacing it with something safer and more reliable. Cranney Home Services has been in the home service industry for nearly 40 years. We employ licensed, trained electricians to meet all your home electrical needs, including knob and tube wiring removal and replacement.
Contact us today at (978) 750-6900 to schedule electrical rewiring in Topsfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Burlington, and surrounding areas. We can also help determine if your home has knob and tube wiring.
What Is Knob & Tube Wiring?
Knob and tube wiring is the oldest standardized form of home electrical wiring. It was common in North American homes from about 1880 to 1950, which means this outdated wiring is still present in many historic homes. While it is considered obsolete, building codes in the North Shore don’t require the removal of existing knob and tube wiring. However, it is not permitted in new construction, and electricians strongly recommend replacing it for the safety and performance of your electrical system.
What Are the Dangers of Knob & Tube Wiring?
Knob and tube wiring is not inherently dangerous. The hazard arises from these factors:
- Old age: Since knob and tube wiring was discontinued around 1950, any remaining installations are at least 70 years old. At this age, copper wires may be oxidized, and the wiring insulation may be cracked and peeling away.
- Insulation enveloping the wires: With today’s emphasis on energy efficiency, many older homes have had insulation added to them. Unfortunately, surrounding knob and tube wiring with insulation can create a fire hazard.
- Unable to meet modern electrical demands: The electricity requirements of homes in the early 1900s were nothing like they are today. Refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, ranges, and other appliances have higher amperage loads than knob and tube wiring is designed to handle. This can lead to overheating and potential electrical fires. Plus, with no ground wire, outlets have only two prongs, making it impossible to plug in three-pronged appliances.
- Improper modifications: Knob and tube wiring is susceptible to incorrect splicing performed by amateurs. This effort to overcome the amperage limitations of knob and tube wiring can actually make it more vulnerable to overloading and heat damage.
How to Determine if Your Home Has Knob & Tube Wiring
First, consider the age of your home. If it was built before the 1950s, it could have knob and tube wiring. Visit the basement and look up at the exposed joists. Do you see white ceramic knobs nailed to the joists with electrical wires snaking through them? That’s knob and tube wiring. If your home doesn’t have a basement, check the attic for the same telltale sign between the floor joists.
Schedule Home Wiring Removal & Replacement
No matter what type of electrical rewiring you need, it’s essential to let a professional electrician take care of it. The Master Electricians at Cranney Home Services have all the tools and know-how required to perform the job safely, quickly, and accurately. We are proud to be an Authorized Nexstar Residential Service Provider, which means we have received top training in customer service and industry best practices. Thanks to our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can begin your knob and tube rewiring project with confidence.
To have your wiring looked at by a qualified electrician, please call Cranney Home Services at (978) 750-6900 today. We proudly serve Woburn, Georgetown, Andover, Haverhill, and surrounding areas.
North Shore and
Merrimack Valley Areas include:
Salem | Andover | Danvers | Lynnfield | Melrose and surrounding cities