Rewiring considerations to look out for
The main reason for rewiring a house is due to out of date or faulty wiring. Faulty wiring can be very dangerous, causing 12,500 fires and 750 serious accidents in UK homes each year.
There are many safety devices that can be installed and protective measures that can be implemented to protect you and your home. It is therefore essential that, if you spot a common fault, you get it tested and if necessary get it rewired by a qualified electrician or ring one of our friendly staff who will be more than happy to assist you with any problems you may be experiencing.
Some of the most common faults for you to check when considering rewiring your property
· A fuse box with wooden backing, cast iron switches, a black electricity cable or no labelling, these are decades old and offer very little fault protection. This is evidence that your box is out of date and you should have it replaced.
· Having less than two plug sockets in each room, broken or cracked sockets and rounded entries as opposed to 3-pin varieties can indicate that your plug sockets are out of date, also if socket outlets are mounted within skirting boards that sometimes indicates the wiring may be from the 1970's or earlier and is likely to need replacing.
Another warning sign to take note of is if the plugs ever feel hot or if you ever hear any arching noises from accessories, sockets or switches. Any of these warning signs are an indicator that the equipment or fittings need to be inspected as soon as possible.
· Flickering lights or lights which require frequent light bulb changing are another sign that your wiring may need to be changed as most bulbs should last from months to years depending on how often they are used and the type of bulb or quality of lamp.
For example, some LED lights can last for up to 50,000 hours. Rounded light switches are an indication of pre 1960's lighting and should be rewired with modern switches and the wiring inspected.
If you’re going to have repairs made to your electrical systems at home, make sure that all of the wiring in your fuse box is also checked. If it is slightly out of date it is better to have it all rewired at once to ensure a safer home and the guidelines are to have your installation rewired approximately every 25 years.
if you recognise any of these tell tale warning signs in your own home and you are wondering if you need the property rewired, get some expert advice from a local electrician please contact the office on 0161 452 0330