Do You Have Dangerous Aluminum Wiring?

From the mid 1960s to the early 1970s, many homes utilized aluminum wiring rather than copper. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are an estimated 2,000,000 homes that were built with aluminum wiring. As a result of the fire hazard posed by aluminum wiring, only copper wiring has been used since mid 1970.

Why Is Aluminum Wiring Unsafe?
Whenever aluminum wiring is spliced or connects with a component of your electrical system such as a switch, outlet or circuit breaker, it presents a fire hazard. Due to the changing temperatures, aluminum wiring will shrink and expand at connection points. This movement can eventually lead to breaks in the circuit. This can cause sparks, fire or overheating.

“Serious Potential Fire Hazard” According to the CPSC
The CPSC believes that homes with aluminum wiring are 40-50% more likely to have fires than those with copper wiring.

Scott Wolfson, a CPSC spokesman, says that “This is an area we feel very strongly about. Aluminum wiring in a house presents a very serious potential fire hazard. We feel that there are a significant number of homeowners who have aluminum wiring and who haven’t yet taken steps to make their homes safe.”

Whole House Rewiring Unnecessary
Luckily for most homeowners, there is a fairly inexpensive method for solving this issue without replacing all of the aluminum wiring in your home. By adding copper ends to the aluminum wires at all connection spots, you can solve this serious safety issue.

Aluminum wiring is a very specialized form of electrical work, which should only be conducted by electricians who are specially trained to perform aluminum-to-copper retrofits.

What Do I Do Next?
If you are unsure if your home was built using aluminum wiring, and it was built between the mid-1960’s and early 1970s, please don’t hesitate to call us. It will be our pleasure to help you figure out whether or not your home electrical wiring is safe.

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