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Electrical Gremlins And Old Homes

When I bought an old house because I fell in love with the charm, I was completely unprepared for some of the issues that come along with homes of that age. One of the biggest surprises to me was the electrical issues I experienced. Everything from having to unplug everything in the kitchen to use a compressor in the garage to tripped breakers from a single air conditioner left me frustrated and confused. I called an electrician and learned a lot during his inspection. If you are thinking about buying an old house, this blog is for you. I hope that my knowledge and first-hand experience can help you avoid some of the disasters that I faced.

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Purchased An Older Building To Open Your New Business? 2 Things You Should Have Checked

If you purchased an older building to open your new business, you need to have some things checked before you move in. This will make sure everything goes smoothly for you when you start to move in. Keep reading to learn about two things to get you started.

Electricity

Hire a commercial electrician to come to your building to have the electrical work checked. This is important because the building is older and the electrical wiring may also be old. This can be a big problem as there could be an electrical fire, which can easily spread throughout the building. 

A commercial electrician will start by looking at the circuit breaker box. They will check each circuit breaker to ensure it is working properly and that it has enough amps. The electrician will check all writing on the circuit breaker box also. 

The commercial electrician will ask you what you plan to move into the building. This is because this will tell the electrician how many amps you need. If you have something that uses a lot of amps and the circuit breaker that powers this does not have enough amps, then you will have problems with power going down. 

While the commercial electrician is there, they will check all outlets to make sure they are working. Ask the electrician to install some things for you while they are there. You may need new lighting installed or need more electrical outlets in the building. 

Plumbing 

You also need to hire a commercial plumber to check the plumbing in the building. The last thing you want to have happen is to have a pipe burst, as this could cause a flood. This would damage a lot of equipment you have, which would result in a lot of money in repairs.

The plumber will check all plumbing pipes. If the pipes are old, they may suggest that you install all new pipes. Some good options when it comes to piping include:

  • Copper: Very durable and resistant to corrosion. Copper pipes can be expensive.
  • Stainless steel: The most expensive type of piping. It is very resistant to corrosion and is durable.
  • PEX (cross-linked polyethylene): Very resistant to cold and heat. It is also flexible and can be bent, which makes this type easiest for plumbers to install.
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride): Common in commercial properties. It is mostly used indoors only as PVC does not hold up well to ultraviolet light or heat.

The plumber will check all bathrooms for plumbing problems. For example, toilets may not flush well or there may be drainage problems in the sink.  

Talk with both a commercial electrical service and a commercial plumber to learn more information.