Before you invest in any building for your business, you should consult with a commercial electrician. But if you’re planning to buy an older property, the step is particularly crucial.
Buildings built decades ago have interesting architectural features and quirks, which is why many people prefer them to newer structures. However, those same oddities often extend to the wiring and electrical systems. What’s behind the walls may not be up to code, and if you fail to address the situation, you could be putting your employees and customers at risk.
Here, we explain the potential hazards of having an aging electrical system and how a commercial electrician can help make sure the older building you want to house your business in is safe.
Knob and Tube Wiring
Many older buildings have knob and tub wiring, and much of it isn’t in the best of shape. And when this type of wiring has been compromised in any way, it presents a major fire risk.
In decades-old buildings, people may have tinkered with the wiring. If the work was done by anyone other than an experienced commercial electrician, there could be serious problems.
Low Amp Wiring
Older wiring wasn’t meant to power advanced electronics and business equipment. To meet your needs, a commercial electrician may need to upgrade the amp capacity of the electrical system.
Electrical System Design
Depending upon the age of the building you want to buy, the electrical system may have been designed to meet codes from several decades ago. Standards have changed quite a bit over the years, so older buildings often don’t pass inspections.
Schedule a Commercial Electrical System Inspection
If you’re thinking about buying an older building, contact a local commercial electrician and schedule an in-depth inspection of the electrical system before committing to the purchase. An experienced contractor can identify any potential problems and provide you with an estimate for any necessary repairs. Armed with that information, you’ll be able to make a sound financial decision about the future location for your business.
And to tell the truth, buildings that aren’t very old can also have dangerous, outdated electrical systems. For that reason, having an experienced commercial electrician perform a thorough inspection is one step you should take before buying any business property.
If the older building you want to buy is in Salt Lake City, Provo or the greater northern Utah area, turn to the Orange Electric team. We have extensive experience inspecting commercial electrical systems, and we’d be happy to help make sure you make a smart business investment.
To schedule an electrical system inspection with an expert local commercial electrician, contact Orange Electric in West Jordan, Utah, today.