Electrical Hazards in the Crawlspace

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I recently spent some time in a crawlspace.  The house is approximately 80 years old and amazing!  You can tell craftsman spent quite a bit of time perfecting the structure. The details are rich, the building materials are plainly perfect and lasting.

The electrical systems in these wonderful old houses cannot meet the lighting or power requirements needed in these modern times.  Upgrades were not always completed by licensed electricians.  As such, there are many dangerous wire splices, and other problem causing issues.  

I enter the crawlspace wearing a Tyvek suit, a headlamp for light, a camera in my right hand and a non-contact voltage tester in the left.  Why a voltage tester? Every year across the United States, emergency crews make recoveries from crawlspaces due to accidental wire contact. 

Non-contact voltage testers are about the same size and shape as a magic marker.  These testers provide an audible, visual or combination of both when touched against a wire with voltage running through it.  The $15 spent on a non-contact voltage tester provides an immeasurable amount of protection and can be used all over your house.    

If you have any questions regarding your crawlspace send me a comment and I'll help you diagnose what is happening.