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19 Nov

Do you live in a Ballarat home built in the 60’s? Are you aware of the electrical dangers that may be lurking in your beautiful home just because it has not been updated to suit the present-day electrical requirements?

As Ballarat is born and bred licensed electricians we know that old homes are simply love with vintage fireplaces, verandas and double-brick construction giving you a feel like you are walking on a film set from 5 decades back. However, when you actually start to live in an old home, the reality strikes hard.

Today’s needs are different from what that house has to offer.

The days when the only appliances in your home used to be a toaster and a coffee machine are long gone. Now your home is loaded with high wattage appliances from a dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, microwave, iron, water heater, oven and other electrical gadgets.

Your old home’s electrical system including electrical wiring, electric panels and power points might not be able to meet the demands you are putting on it today.

And while the plumbing of the house may be giving you a hard time, it’s the electrical work in your beautiful Ballarat home that could be a ticking time bomb.

Here are 3 of the most alarming electrical dangers lurking in your old Ballarat home and what you need to do about them to make your home a safe place for your family.

Unsafe Electrical Wiring

Back in the 60’s, electrical wiring used to be covered with lead, rubber or cotton. This kind of insulation deteriorates over time, leaving the live wires exposed and risking them coming in contact with moisture or other elements. Old wiring is the main reason for electrical fires in older homes.

It is advisable to get your home’s wiring inspected if you are living in an old home or if you frequently face electrical problems such as burning smell from outlets, blown fuses, breaker trips, flickering lights or buzzing power points.

No Safety Switches

If you live in a very old home, chances are that it has old ceramic fuses that are not just unsafe but also cannot handle the load placed on them by modern appliances.

These fuses are made to serve 30 to 60 amp whereas if you request a switchboard upgrade by your local Ballarat Electrician, these could be upgrades to 100 to 200 amp.

Additionally, old switchboards do not come with circuit breakers and safety switches for individual circuits, hence providing you absolutely no line of defense should there be a current leakage from your outlets or appliances.

Not enough power points

Since a typical household from the 60’s never had too many appliances to run at the same tiem, homes built in that era never had more than a handful of power points. However, today a single person uses as many as 10 appliances in a day, many of them simultaneously. Doing so in an old home, means either using an extension cord or overloading the power points which are already there. To avoid the danger of fire, it is advisable to get new power points installed at strategic places around your home in Ballarat.

Wrapping up

As licensed Electrician in Ballarat, we believe that it’s not only the right thing to get your old Ballarat home’s wiring inspected but also get a switchboard upgrade so not only would your home meet the current Australian safety standards, but you would be effectively increasing the value of your property while keeping your family safe from potential electrical hazards.