The Shock Doctors are specialists in knob and tube wiring; caring for these elegant and stately homes with skill, patience and expertise. When The Shock Doctors complete a knob and tube repair, the home has all the character of its era, and all the convenience and safety of a new home.
For the home owner, this means a minimum of household disruption, and most importantly, circumvents any unneeded damage to the home’s walls, ceilings, floors and baseboards.
Because most older homes have a mixture of knob and tube and other wiring materials, it is important to have a careful electrical inspection and assessment so you have all your options available before you proceed.
A SITE VISIT BY ONE OF OUR PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICIANS WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A FULL INSPECTION AND ALL THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE.
Knob & Tube Wiring is the oldest method of wiring a home —cloth-covered wires are connected with porcelain knobs to secure the wires in place. Wherever the wire passes through a stud or joist, holes are drilled and fitted with porcelain tubes; the wire is threaded through these tubes to prevent them from touching the wood; thus the name — Knob & Tube Wiring.
Knob and tube wiring is NOT safe — for a number of reasons:
With care and skill, a beautiful old home CAN be rewired without demolition and major damage. The beauty and charm of a heritage home can remain intact but have the safety features and improved appraisal value of modern wiring.
All insurance companies view this wiring method as a serious safety hazard and most require an insurance inspection before a policy is issued. The insurance inspection must be submitted by a certified electrical contractor before a home-owner’s policy is issued or renewed. Some insurance companies and the ESA will allow upgrading of the receptacles to GFCI protection when re-wiring is not an option. Although this method is not optimal, it does at least provide some protection from faulty electrical equipment.
At “The Shock Doctors“ we have sourced reasonable financing options for upgrades of this nature. Our clients are often pleasantly surprised at how affordable upgrades of this nature can be when it is reduced to a manageable monthly investment.
Call us at 1-877-646-7440 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a comprehensive, no obligation assessment.
" Great Work. We feel safe now that we are up to code compliance. Very good clean up :) "
- Allan & Lynne Scott, Orillia, ON, February 2017View All