Every day you use Electricity, everyday life would be impossible without it.
You give little thought to how your daily supply of Electricity’s delivered; everything works day in day out year after year.
The wiring hidden in the walls and ceilings supplies your sockets, hard-wired appliances and lights with power.
Wiring is an essential part of every Electrical system, and at some point will need replacing.
Wiring doesn’t last forever.
Now you might be wondering does your property need a rewire?
Is your property older than 30 years?
Sit back and relax you more than likely do not need a rewire
However, it’s recommended that you have your property inspected by an NICEIC qualified Electrician every ten years to make sure everything is in order
(If you’re a landlord you must have an electrical inspection every five years or at the change of tenancy whatever comes first)
Properties should be rewired every 30 years
Don’t worry if your property hasn’t been rewired in the last 30 years there’s a good chance your wirings ok (wiring can last up to 70 years)
An Electrical Inspection will ensure your Electrical systems in order.
Old Electrical systems with dated fuse boxes and rotting wiring are potentially dangerous, get your system checked over.
Better safe than sorry.
(If your considering buying an older property always get the Electrical system checked this should be included in the house survey)
Signs You Might Need A Rewire
Rewiring your property doesn’t always come down to age or the last time it was rewired. Sometimes under certain conditions, Electrical systems can deteriorate quickly.
Here are some signs that you might need a rewire (if not there are faults in your Electrical system)
- Fuses trip frequently
- You have an old fuse board instead of a modern consumer unit
- Sockets, light switches or appliances give you electric shocks
- Discoloured sockets, plugs and electrical cords
- Arcing (crackling sounding) plugs or sockets
- Wiring is red, black and green (or green/yellow)
- Burning smells when appliances are switched on
- Light bulbs regularly fail
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms give us a call one of our Electricians will quickly establish the problem and will probably be able to rectify the problem there and then.
Rarely do electrical faults mean a full rewires needed, it’s just a possibility.
Are You Planning Any Major Work To Your Property?
If you’re planning on an extending your home your new wiring will have to conform to The Part P Electrical Safety regulations. Your existing wiring may need upgrading also.