Insurance companies are in the business of risk management, and their goal is to minimize the likelihood of having to pay out costly claims which helps keeps rates stable. As a result, they tend to be very cautious about the types of risks they take on. One type of risk that many insurance companies are reluctant to insure is homes with knob and tube wiring.

Knob and tube wiring was a common electrical wiring method used in homes built between the 1880s and the 1930s. It consists of two separate wires, one for hot and one for neutral, that are run through porcelain insulators known as knobs and tubes. While this wiring method was once considered state-of-the-art, it is now outdated and poses a number of potential hazards.

One of the biggest concerns with knob and tube wiring is its lack of grounding. Grounding is a critical safety feature that helps protect people and property from electrical shocks and fires. Knob and tube wiring does not have a ground wire, which makes it much more susceptible to electrical problems. In addition, knob and tube wiring can become brittle and worn over time, which can lead to frayed wires and other hazards.

Another concern is that many homes with knob and tube wiring have been modified over the years, which can lead to additional safety hazards. For example, some homeowners may have added new electrical circuits that are not properly grounded or installed. Others may have overloaded circuits or used improper wiring methods.

Because of these risks, many insurance companies are hesitant to insure homes with knob and tube wiring. In fact, some insurance companies may refuse to insure a home with this type of wiring altogether. Others may require the homeowner to make costly repairs or upgrades to the electrical system before they will provide coverage.

If you are purchasing a home with knob and tube wiring, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and to take steps to mitigate them. This may include hiring a licensed electrician to inspect the electrical system and make any necessary repairs or upgrades. In addition, you may need to shop around to find an insurance company that is willing to provide coverage for a home with knob and tube wiring.

Some state have a Carrier of last resort that will offer coverage and in some instances you may have to purchase insurance from Excess and Surplus lines companies. These companies may not be as Financially stable as a standard carrier and may not cover as many different types of perils.

In conclusion, insurance companies are reluctant to insure homes with knob and tube wiring due to the potential safety hazards associated with this outdated electrical system. If you own a home with knob and tube wiring or are considering purchasing one, it is important to take steps to address any safety concerns and to find an insurance provider who is willing to provide coverage. By disconnecting all know and tube wires and rerunning with update materials, can help ensure that your home and family are protected unsafe systems and with better insurance coverage

Michael Vereecke, CLCS
Michael Vereecke, CLCS

President/Agent @ Customers First Insurance Group