Friday, March 18, 2016

You Were Asking: Aluminum Wiring


Used extensively between 1965 and 1976, not all aluminum wiring is hazardous.  Education is key with this type of wiring, so, look for what is called an ESA if you are contemplating the purchase of a home with this type of electrical service.  

Typically, any seller these days will endeavour to have aluminum wiring inspected BEFORE putting his home on the market and that is achieved by contracting an electrician approved by the Electrical Safety Authority to come out and put the stamp of approval on its safety.  This type of wiring will operate just as safely as any other type of wiring provided it has been maintained and installed within the proper guidelines set out by the provincial safety code.  

Look for signs of problems, which can be seen in flickering lights, the smell of hot plastic insulation or even the discolouration of wall receptacles. Within many cities you will still find neighbourhoods filled with homes with aluminum wiring still very common and acceptable, so, don't be afraid of it and don't dismiss a home because of it, you just want to be sure it is safe before you agree to buy the home. 

As always, we're here to help as questions arise...Just Ask!

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