Does Openly Have an Appetite for Homes With Knob & Tube Wiring or Galvanized Pipes?

Openly does not have an appetite for the following electrical types:

Knob and Tube (even if inactive)

Knob-and-Tube wiring is an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings in North America from about 1880 to the 1930s. The covering on the wires is made of rubber or cloth and can easily wear away or shred over time, leaving wires susceptible to the elements and risk exposing a live wire.


A fuse box is the central switchboard for the electrical system in an entire home. It receives power from the utility firm and distributes it to various circuits supplying the home's fixtures and appliances. If the terminals or fuses become overheated, they may overheat and burn.

Stab Lok, Pushmatic, Federal Pacific, Challenger, Zinsco, and Sylvania panels are not within our appetite.

Openly does not have an appetite for the following plumbing types:


Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes are steel pipes dipped in a protective zinc coating to prevent corrosion and rust. Galvanized piping was commonly installed in homes built before 1960.

As galvanized pipes age, the zinc coating erodes, and pipes corrode. Lead, a dangerous toxin, may build when the pipes corrode. When it enters your plumbing pipes, you could be ingesting the lead. If not replaced with updated, safer pipes, galvanized water could pose a dangerous health hazard.

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