Old homes, many of which can be found in Georgetown County, can be charming and contain architectural elements not often seen in many modern housing developments. But what older homes may have in design appeal, they may lack in updated features.

While cosmetic changes are not necessarily difficult, one area of concern in historic homes is old electrical wiring. Wiring provides power to every room of the home.

In today’s technology-driven world, electricity that works is an essential component of daily life. Over time, wiring can break down due to aging, pest infiltration or weather.

A house’s electrical system is sometimes not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about home improvement. Experts say that the amperage of old wiring may not meet the needs of new technology in homes which can overload circuits.

This can cause breaker blowouts or overheated wires that may spark and cause fires.

It is always best to schedule an inspection with a licensed electrician to go over a home’s wiring. He or she can determine if any areas pose a safety risk and/or do not conform to local code requirements and the National Electrical Code.

Any licensed electrician can also go over improvements that can improve function and safety. GCFI outlets should be installed in kitchens or bathrooms, where water can be an issue. They can also suggest rewiring a fuse box or circuit panel to allow for a better flow of power around the house as well as check for any frayed or underinsulated wiring.