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Aluminum Wiring

Do you live in a home built between 1965 and 1975? If the answer is yes, you may have aluminum wiring which means you may be a risk for a common fire hazard. Aluminum wired connections and splices have been reported to fail and overheat with no prior problems. From 1965 through the mid 1970’s, many builders installed aluminum branch circuit wiring due to a market copper shortage. Re-wired or new circuits in additions or new construction from that period may contain aluminum wiring. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a report on how to identify, and repair, this problem in your home. John Waters Inc. is the only contractor in the Greater Louisville Metro area certified to perform all three of the accepted repair methods, including the Copalum method of repair.

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Federal Pacific Circuit Panel

If your home was built sometime between the early 1950’s and early 1990’s, there is a good chance you have a Federal Pacific Circuit Panel. Breakers within circuit panels will “trip” or stop electric power to the circuit if it becomes overloaded. Federal Pacific Panels have Stab-Lok breakers; many studies have shown these breakers to have issues with proper tripping, resulting in electrical fires. Contact John Waters Inc. and schedule one of our licensed and certified electricians to check the safety of your circuit panel today.

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