Aluminum Wiring Remediation

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Why is Aluminum Wiring Bad?

Sometimes the trends that drive home construction have nothing to do with style. Between 1965 and 1973, a sudden escalation in the price of copper forced many homebuilders to use single-strand aluminum wiring in homes for all electrical work. Seen as a compatible substitute, what no one anticipated was what would happen decades down the road in homes with aluminum wiring. Not only does aluminum heat up and expand more than copper, it also oxidizes and rusts, interfering with the flow of electricity from one circuit to another. These two conditions often mean that a home with aluminum wiring is at a greater risk for electrical fires than those that used copper wiring.

Help! My Home Has Aluminum Wiring!

First of all, don’t panic. It is possible that your aluminum wiring has held up and that your home is perfectly safe to live in. However, it is important to have an expert electrician come and conduct an energy audit to make sure the wiring you don’t see is safe and functioning properly.

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What Can be Done?

We know that the thought of rewiring your entire house, commercial building or workshop is daunting, but replacing the old aluminum wiring with copper wiring prevents fires while improving your building’s efficiency and lowering your electrical costs. Best of all, rewiring a home is a golden opportunity to add outlets, change light fixtures, move switches, add recessed lighting, and replace broken or worn out switch plates.

The experts at TAG Electric Contractors have been replacing old aluminum wiring in homes for more than 30 years. We understand the importance of this upgrade and the hassle that is often associated with replacing the wiring in your home. That is why we not only rewire your home, we work with you to restore your walls to the exact condition they were in before we started. Your home will be better than new once the work is completed. Call today for a free in-home estimate and discover why we’re the most trusted electricians in Baltimore.