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    11 Jul, 2021
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    Is Your Home’s Electrical Wiring In Need Of Updating

    Your Plugs, lights and appliances are working fine, so that means your electrical wiring is too, right? Not so much. Toptronic inspected after installation, the wiring in your home may need an update, especially if your home is more than 10 years old.. To get hold of us urgently, please use the contact number below.

    – CALL or WhatsApp on 073 409 4390 to book your installation

    Why update wiring?

    Installing sufficient wiring goes beyond safety. It also means enhancing your home’s functionality, reliability, and safety to keep up with today’s ever-increasing power needs. This applies not only to the installation of current electrical wiring, but wiring for your phone, Internet, cable, and more.

    Waiting is a risk.

    According to the FPASA (Fire Protection Association South Africa), faulty wiring is the leading cause for residential fires. The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) updates electrical codes and standards for outlets and wiring every three years. Their mission is to keep up with technology designed to keep your home and family safe. 

    Your home may be behind the times and in need of wiring updates if you have…

    Older wiring

    Aluminum wiring used in the 60s and 70s, non-metallic wiring installed in the 40s and 50s, and knob and tube wiring in pre-1930s homes are well-known safety hazards, as are loose connections and frayed wires resulting from wear-and-tear.

    Two pronged, ungrounded outlets
    These are an enormous safety hazard – for you and your electronics. Without proper grounding, electrical excesses have nowhere to go but into your devices – or you – even if you have a surge protector. Reduce shock risks by rapidly addressing this sign of wiring that is way behind the times.

    Missing Earth Leakage / GFCIs

    Identified by the “TEST” and “RESET” buttons on receptacles, GFCIs protect you from shock in high moisture areas. They are currently required in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, utility rooms, garages, spa/pool areas, unfinished crawlspaces/basements, and any areas outside of your home. If you are lacking these inexpensive, easy-to-install devices in any of these areas, you may be in for a shocking experience.

    Missing AFCIs

    AFCIs prevent fire by acting as a circuit breaker, which disconnects in the event of a potentially dangerous arc. They are required in bedrooms in all 50 states, though some states require them in all circuits throughout the home.

    Outlets that are not childproof

    Childproof outlets require equal pressure in all prongs simultaneously for electricity to flow. They cost pennies more than traditional outlets and are required in all newly built homes.

    Not enough power

    How many amps power your home? While 60 amps may have been sufficient in the past, today’s homes often need 100 to 200 amps to successfully operate the glut of large and technologically advanced appliances you use simultaneously, from mobile devices and flat screens to your refrigerator and air conditioner. Without an adequate power supply, you could end up damaging these sensitive items beyond repair.

    Other behind-the-times, wiring problem signs also include:

    Tripped breakers
    Blown fuses
    Using extension cords or adapters to compensate for a lack of outlets
    Flickering or dimming lights with the operation of neighboring appliances
    Rodent damage
    Popping, crackling, or buzzing
    Hot or scorch marked outlets
    Burning smells or smoke
    Protect your family and home, ensuring the smooth, efficient operation of all things electrical while boosting the value of your property. Contact Toptronic Energy Electrical® for an electrical safety and wiring inspection today.



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