If your home was built from the 1950’s to the 1970’s contact Positricity today! Your home could be at risk if aluminum wiring was used in its construction. Since 2004, Positricity has helped homeowners in the Clearwater, Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg areas avoid disaster by providing aluminum wire remediation. Aluminum wiring was thought to be a practical and proactive alternative to traditional copper wiring. For one thing, aluminum wiring is anywhere from 25% to 40% less expensive than copper wiring. Advances in the manufacturing of aluminum wiring have not prevented it’s use in the modern-day electrical environment. In fact, newer technology such as the 8000 Series of aluminum wiring offer better conductivity, better resistance to “cold creep”, improved strength and can allow for easier installations as it is about 50% lighter than copper.
However, for those homes built prior to the development of better aluminum wiring alternatives, dangers could be present. Over time aluminum wiring used in older construction become susceptible to “cold creep”. This means that older aluminum wiring reacts differently than copper when there are changes in temperature. Aluminum wiring will expand, or contract based on the weather and temperature. This can cause the wiring to become loose at connection points and that negatively affects conductivity. With a weak connection, aluminum wiring becomes a major fire hazard. At the very least it can lead to electrical failures.
If it is determined that your older home was constructed with aluminum wiring and it is necessary to repair or replace there are several options.
Complete Replacement – Depending on the style and construction of your home, it may be possible to install a completely new copper wire system. The old aluminum wiring would remain in the walls and simply be abandoned. This is the safest alternative, but it is also the most expensive. Again, based on the style and construction of your home it could also prove impractical.
Alumiconn Repair – This is a far less expensive alternative and involves attaching a section of copper wire to all the ends of the aluminum wiring at all connection points. This is also known as “pig tailing”. This utilizes a special connection called an Alumiconn which is used to join the aluminum wire to the copper wiring. This would be done at every connection in your home such as outlets, dimmer switches, fixtures, appliances and junction boxes. A Previous method was COPALUM , but this is no lnoger the preferred method both from a cost and reliability point of view.
At Positricity, we can help you with all your electrical needs. Not all electricians are properly trained to install Alumiconn connections. You need an experienced electrician who will terminate and torque down the connectors properly. The professionals at Positricity are trained and certified to perform Aluminum Wire Remediation. This is not a do it yourself project and should not be delayed, as the stakes are too high. If you are unsure as to whether you have aluminum wiring in your home, do not hesitate to call Positricity to conduct a thorough inspection. With 24/7 service, we are available when you need us the most. Schedule your appointment today!
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The electrical system in your house or business acts very similarly to a living body, with all the circuitry and wiring behaving like the circulatory system. Rather like arteries and veins, these essential wires carry vital energy throughout the whole property so you can keep all your electrical devices and appliances fully functional.
Unfortunately, however, many buildings in the past used aluminum wiring rather than copper, and the connectors to this wiring are far more likely to oxidize and corrode. This means that if you have an older residence or commercial enterprise, your property is about 60 times more prone to suffer from a dangerous fire sparked by these inferior wiring systems and loose connections. To prevent such a disaster from occurring, it is essential to schedule aluminum wire remediation in Clearwater. Our professionals at Positricity are prepared to safely modernize your property as soon as you give us a call.
Understandably, there are some people who may wonder whether replacing all their aluminum wiring is really a benefit, since at the outset it might seem like a costly investment. It is important to remember, however, that the health and safety of your family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else visiting your property is always the highest goal. Replacing your aluminum wiring will lower the risk of fires and electrical shock.
In addition to this critical advantage, however, there are other significant benefits as well, including:
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Even though there are plenty of tasks around your home that you could turn into DIY projects, we strongly urge you never to try to deal with your aluminum wiring independently. Too many tragic accidents occur every year from homeowners trying to fix their wiring by themselves. Instead of attempting a task that could result in a critical injury or fatality to you or your loved ones, seek out the dedicated support of our electrical specialists. Our experienced technicians are licensed to carefully replace your aluminum wiring, keeping you and your household safe from any form of electrocution or fire hazard.
Whether you have just bought a previously owned building to conduct your new business or have been operating the same piece of property for several decades, it is crucial to arrange for efficient aluminum wire remediation in Clearwater as soon as possible. If the worst-case scenario occurred and a fire started, you would be shocked to discover that most insurance companies refuse to take care of any financial loss that has come about because of aluminum wiring. Do not allow this risk to take place, but rapidly arrange with our reliable team for dependable support.