Cloth Insulated – Wiring Replacement

About Cloth Insulated – Wiring Replacement

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? Open your breaker panel and compare it to the picture here. A thin cloth material wrapped around wiring is the easiest indicator.

Cloth Insulated – Wiring Replacement FAQs

What is cloth-wrapped wiring?
Why is cloth wiring dangerous?
Is the wiring in my house safe?

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Cloth-wrapped wiring is a very outdated style of wiring.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 The Electric Connection a call and schedule a free home safety inspection. We will be glad to help you with cloth insulated electrical wire replacement and cloth covered electrical wire 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!

Cloth Insulated – Wiring Replacement Reviews

“The estimate was done by Ramiro. He and his team showed up on time. They came out to the house and took every switch and plug plate off to inspect the wiring. He provided me the estimate after 30 minutes. He explained the process in detail. Ramiro explained that running new wire through these old walls was not an easy task and holes would have to be made in the walls. He was clear about what would be done and what would not be done.

I called on a Monday to proceed with the job and the team showed up (on time) the next day. Turns out Ramiro was also the foreman for my job. He reviewed again what the process would be and that the job would take 3 days. I then went off to work and left his team to have at it. The team did an amazing job. They were polite, professional and best of all, neat. They placed cloths everywhere and at the end of the day cleaned up before leaving. I am so satisfied with this whole experience. All contractors should be this good!”

The Electric Connection
5 / 5 stars
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