Does your house need a rewire?

As with all electrical appliances, fixed electrical installations deteriorate over time through daily use and general wear and tear. 

Cables weaken during their lifespan and the quality of the PVC casing that protects the copper cable inside can weaken to the point that copper is exposed.

Some older houses may still contain cables that are coated with a vulcanised natural rubber for insulation. Since the rubber is made of natural materials, it becomes so brittle that if the cable is disturbed or moved the rubber will crack, again revealing the live copper inside.

It is therefore highly advisable to have a house rewire and recommended not to touch the cables unless the electrical supply has been isolated.

If you think or know that your house needs rewiring, you can contact me to discuss the specific requirements of your own home. If you are thinking of having your house rewired, you may wish to consider if you need any additional sockets, TV / phone points or additional lighting installed when the rewire takes place. 

To ensure the safety of families and their homes, new regulations regarding electrical installations are often introduced. Wiring should always be installed to the most current version of the British Standard BS7671 “Requirements for electrical installations”. These requirements give electricians the guidelines to follow to ensure the installation is safe, posing the minimal risk to life as possible should something go wrong.

It is always advisable to consult a qualified electrician when having this sort of work done, as the installation needs to be tested after completion to ensure it is fully safe and fit for purpose.

If you can recognise any of the following your property could probably benefit from a re-wire or upgrading.

  • Extension leads in most room due to lack of sockets.
  • Lights Flickering
  • Buzzing noises from sockets or switches
  • Electrical sockets do not have an earth connection.
  • Electrical points sometimes don’t work.
  • Installation is older than 25 years old
  • Do you have outdoor sockets/lights?
  • Is your fuse board rcd protected?
  • Has your electrics been checked in past 10 years?
  • Sockets mounted on skirting board or very low down.
  • Electrics keep blowing or tripping.
  • Light fitting, sockets, switches in poor condition.
  • Is your gas meter bonded
  • Is your incoming water bonded
  • Fuse board is of old age
  • Are your bathroom lights acceptable for a bathroom location.
  • Numerous circuits bunched within your fuse board

If you are just upgrading an area of your property i can also help. Whether you are upgrading your kitchen, bathroom or building a new extension i can offer a professional service. Not only would i take care of the area you specified but i would also make sure your property meets the current requirement.

Upgrading or re-wiring your property should be seen as an investment as it can add value to the sale price and covers you in the event of an insurance claim should the worse happen. Most insurers will ask for a test certificate should an accident happen so make sure your covered!

Need free advice? Give me a call!