Electricity Tips for New Homeowners of Old Homes

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Electricity Tips for New Homeowners of Old Homes

Hi, my name is Henry. I grew up in an old home and saw my parents frequently tackle projects such as rewiring the home or installing new garage doors to meet updated safety standards. As a kid, it just felt like a lot of busy activity, but as I got older and began working in real estate, I could see how essential these tasks were to owners of old homes. If you are a new homeowner with an old home, you are in for a treat, but you will also face challenges inherent with owning a home with old wiring. To help you, this blog has tips on repairing, rewiring and assessing the electricity in old homes. Thanks for reading!

Find Out Why Underground Power Lines May Be the Ideal Solution for Your Home

Are you planning to install power in your home? One of the significant decisions you will have to make is choosing between overhead and underground power lines. Generally, your decision will come down to functionality and costs. While either option can work for your home, they come with pros and cons that you must consider before deciding which way to go. Underground power lines are gaining popularity because of their many advantages. With that in mind, here are some of the benefits you will enjoy with underground power lines.

Practical Benefits

Underground power lines come with reduced power outages. They are installed below the ground surface, making them less susceptible to damage from storms, strong winds, falling trees and branches, vehicle collisions, vandalism and more. The underground power lines' insusceptibility to these issues comes with reduced power supply surges, further enhancing power supply quality. However, worth noting is that in case of an electrical fault in your underground power lines, it would be more complex to detect and fix.

Vegetation disturbance is a common cause of electrical faults in overhead power lines. Therefore, regular clearing of vegetation surrounding overhead power lines is necessary. However, you won't have to worry about this if you install underground power lines.

Safety Benefits

Electricity can be dangerous. Electrical fires, shocks and electrocution are some of the safety concerns of poorly handled and faulty electrical installations. Downed lines are not uncommon with overhead power lines. Accidents, storms, damaged poles, falling trees and the like can lead to downed power lines. They are extremely dangerous and pose significant electrical safety risks like fire hazards and electrocutions to those close to them. By burying your power lines, you eliminate such occurrences.

Windy conditions can also cause electrical issues with your overhead power lines as the wires come into contact with each other or the surrounding buildings or vegetation. This won't be a concern with underground power lines.

Aesthetic Benefits

Many homeowners are concerned about their home's kerb appeal and overall aesthetics. Fortunately, underground power installations make this possible. Overhead power lines require the installation of poles to support the overhead wires. Some people may find the sight of such poles and the overhead wires quite undesirable because they can alter your home's look considerably.

In addition, overhead power lines have limitations when it comes to the planting of vegetation. You must be careful not to plant any trees that may get in the way of the overhead power lines. On the other hand, if you already have trees close to your overhead power lines, you will need to remove or trim them regularly. Consequently, this would interfere with your home's landscape if the trees were a part of it. Therefore, underground power lines are the solution to this because they help preserve your property's natural beauty. To learn more about underground powerlines, contact a power installation service.