Does my house need a rewire?
April 23, 2019
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April 23, 2019
Identifying certain renovation work in the home can be glaringly obvious, as defects will quickly stand out and you can see what needs to be replaced. However, there are some important aspects to a building that happen behind the scenes such as the electrical wiring. It is not as obvious to pinpoint if and when trade work needs to be carried out in a building when it comes to its internal cabling.
According to studies carried out by Electrical Safety First, 15,432 fires that occurred in 2015/2016 were caused by electricity with the misuse of equipment or appliances as the largest cause at 54.4 per cent followed by electrical distribution at 18.9 per cent. We can’t emphasise how important it is to ensure the wiring in your whole house is in tip-top condition.
Here we point out some of the key tell-tale signs that could point to your home needing some electrical work or even a complete rewire. Is it time to call in an electrician and renovate?
The older a home is, the more aged the wiring hidden inside those walls and under those floorboards will be. If you are living in an older building, it is definitely worth considering a rewire as the wiring will likely need to be replaced at some point in the near future.
Make no bones about it – a rewire of a home is a big job and as well as the dust and general upheaval it is bound to cause, it is likely you will also need to redecorate after the work has been complete. However, safety should always take top priority and it would be foolish to ignore these warning signs:
If you can often smell burning in the home but cannot identify the source, it could well be an electrical fault in a plug or other wires overheating. If this continues, it is advisable to turn off the power and contact a local electrician who will quickly identify if the problem is serious and whether or not your home could benefit from a rewire or new fittings.
If you have already changed the bulbs and/or checked that they are screwed in correctly, then regular flickering lights could be pointing to something a little more sinister. Call in an electrician immediately.
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This is a real tell-tale sign that something’s not quite right with your electrics. It invariably points to a loose or faulty connection and should be repaired immediately as such issues can lead to the outbreak of a fire.
An odd blown fuse or a tripping circuit braker, or fusebox is not something to unduly worry about. However, if this is occurring regularly, or every time you use a certain appliance or device it is advisable to cease using the appliance immediately. If the problem still persists and it is not possible to identify what is causing it, it could mean there is faulty wiring in the home and you need a new consumer unit installed. This needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, possibly by having a rewire of your entire fuse box.
An exposed socket can be very dangerous and should be fixed as soon as you can. Often, sockets are rewirable and there is a simple fix such as screwing a socket back into the wall correctly. However, if it is repeatedly occurring throughout the house then it points to an older system that may need a replace which would require an entire rewire or new installation.
Still not sure about the wiring in your home? Don’t take any chances and call in a professional for peace of mind. From a quick health check to a complete audit, our professional electricians are on hand to keep you and your family safe in your home.
You may also find it useful to read our article: Top things to remember when rewiring a house.
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