Electrical wiring in commercial buildings is typically hidden behind the drywall and plaster. An older electrical system often contributes to a risk of fire, and most of the fires in commercial buildings that take place can be attributed to that as well. If you have an older electrical system in your commercial building, then the risk of fire is greater. There are several commercial fire hazards that exist when you have an old electrical system, which is why we want to take this opportunity to share some of the obvious hazards with you that can exist.
Commercial Fire Hazards
Knob and tube wiring – Most older buildings have what is commonly referred to as ‘knob and tube’ wiring, which over time, becomes compromised, perhaps by animals gnawing at the wires or even simple disintegration. It can then become one of the more common causes of electrical fires in commercial buildings.
Low amp wiring – Many modern appliances and other business equipment today require higher amps to operate effectively and efficiently. The older wiring in many aged commercial buildings is often rated for lower amps than what is required to effectively and safely operate all types of modern equipment and appliances.
Wiring that is poorly modified – In much older commercial buildings, the wiring is often altered many times over the years and most times the altering is performed by people who lack appropriate electrical experience and training. When this occurs, loose live wires may be present and even poorly executed connections which can wreak havoc behind the walls of your older commercial building.
Wiring that has old insulation – Insulation serves to protect electrical wiring. However, over the years insulation on old wiring can get destroyed by animals, become damaged by nails that are tapped into the walls, or simply disintegrate with age. When this occurs, the wires become exposed and can then lead to sparks and even fire.
Poor electrical design – The electrical system in your older commercial building was more than likely designed to meet old standards of yesteryears that, today, are no longer compliant. Standards and codes have changed drastically over the years, which means that the wiring in your old commercial building is not only a commercial fire hazard but is sure to fail any inspection that may be performed.
Faulty breakers – If your commercial electrical panel has not been upgraded for a good long time, then more than likely the switches and the breakers may very well be faulty. If you notice that they are not working properly, then it’s time to have the inspected and upgraded because surely, they can present with many risks and dangers.
If you own a commercial building that was constructed in the 1970’s or sooner, then rest assured your electrical system is outdated. You probably have a good many electrical concerns that are lurking behind your walls. If you are unsure as to the age of your building, or whether or not there may be risks or danger of commercial fire hazards then it is best to reach out to a professional commercial electrician to inspect your system and make certain that everything is in tip top working order.
If you need an electrical inspection, are worried about commercial fire hazards or need any other electrical services or repairs, then the professionals here at Gervais Electric, Inc. are just the team for you. Give a shout out to our team today and schedule your appointment. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality, affordable electrical products and services this side of Franklin!