Electrical Wiring in the Home/old wiring in a home
Expert: Bill Lutz - 1/14/2013
Question Hi, We have recently bought an older home that has been sitting for a while, had to do all the stripping of carpets and old tile and other junk left in the home. While cleaning we noticed evidence of pack rats and mice! LOTS of them!! We were very scared that due to so many droppings and so much stuff in the home they were surviving on they would for sure be nesting up in the attic. To our surprise; NONE! Maybe because there was no insulation what so ever up there. My husband was able to go up into the attic and walk around inspecting and looking for any eat up wires, but found none!! Do you think its possible all our wiring is going to be ok good enough and safe for us to go ahead and have our electric services turned on so we can proceed with our renovations?
Answer There is no way to know for sure if there is any damage. I would turn the power on and see it there were any issues at power up. I would then check the age of the wires. You could have an electrician install AFCI circuit. Breakers. They would protect you from mouse damage.
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