Do you have to change a socket or switch in the kitchen every now and then? Or are you intending to add new appliances to the already existing ones in your kitchen and feel it might be stronger than the wiring of the kitchen? Then, there is the need to cough out a particular amount of money to the rewiring of your kitchen. A lot of people wondered how they can rewire and still maintain their kitchen design electrical model. This has been a major concern for a lot of people. However in this article, we would be pointing out to you some of the necessary tips you need to know regarding the kitchen wiring code.
Why do I need to rewire my kitchen?
Faulty wiring or old wiring could be risky and could cause some serious damage to not just the kitchen but to the entire home or property. These damages could be as simple as injuries or an electric shock and as fatal as electrocution and fire outbreaks. This is why it is important to pay attention to the kitchen wiring code and make sure that the wiring in your kitchen meets the required standard. To conform to this code, it is wise to conduct the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) as it would help highlight problem areas in the kitchen. When you decide to rewire your kitchen, you are ultimately bringing the standard to the optimal standard able to carry the entire load your appliances might have. By doing this, you are enabling the wiring system to meet up with the ever evolving demand of modern day living.
When should I rewire my kitchen?
There is the need to confirm if there is the need to rewire the home and not just the kitchen if you have just acquired the property. This is because your energy usage might differ and be higher than the previous occupants of the home. If you have been staying in your personal home and want to decide on whether to rewire then you should consider the regulation laid down about wiring. According to the kitchen rewiring regulation, you should think of rewiring if
- it has not been done in the past 25–30 years
- you are planning to remodel, renovate or restructure
- you intend on adding new energy consuming appliances like the oven, microwave etc.
How to wire a kitchen in your home in the UK?
Wiring and rewiring happens in two different stages these stages are the different steps you have to take to make sure that you carry out a complete and standard rewiring work. The first stage is the first fix which includes the fixing and installation of the wires and cables while the second stage which is the second fix involves every activity that makes the installed cable live. There is partial rewiring when you only have to add a new customer unit (fuse box) to bring your wiring to current acceptable standards while there is the full rewiring where you have to change both the installation of cables and wire and the installation of a new fuse box (consumer unit). When you have decided to rewire your kitchen, the following are the factors to consider;
- The cost and time of rewiring. The time frame of rewiring the kitchen could be around 2 days depending on the complexity of the layout design. The cost should be roughly around £1,000 to £1,500.
- The size of the kitchen you are going to rewire.
- The accessibility of the kitchen should also be a factor. Would there be a need to vacate the kitchen for the period of the rewiring.
- The complexity of the layout design and the standard of finishing is also a factor that one should consider.
These factors would be useful when considering whether to not to use the DIY approach of rewiring or to call a professional electrician.
Signs that show that you need to rewire your kitchen
Most people don’t recognise the need for rewiring their kitchen until there is an accident in the kitchen. However, there are so many signs that if noticed quickly might help avert any form of accident. These signs include;
- Insufficient light sockets which could be needed when there is an extension of the kitchen area.
- If your wire and cables are not PVC coated in accordance with part P electrical safety regulation, then there is a need to carry out the rewiring process to your kitchen.
- If you notice old round pin sockets or original dolly pins, then rewiring should take place as such kitchen or the entire home has not been rewired in a long time.
- Should you notice that the sockets and switch styles are different, you might need to either rewire partially or fully. The difference came about because of a partial rewire that had occurred sometime ago.
- If you do not have any earth connections in the switch boxes or if your PVC cable isn’t twin earthed, then there is the need to rewire your kitchen or if the case might be the entire house.
Types of wire
You do not have to rewire your home if the existing layout design is adequate to carry the extra load or appliance you intend adding to your already existing appliances. Below are some of the different kinds of wires and the year they were used.
- The lead insulated cable: this was used up till 1955, if you find any of this in your home, then there is the need to rewire your home to meet up with the wiring regulation.
- Rubber and fabric insulated cable: this type of wiring and cabling was used until the 1960s.
- The PVC coated wire is the modern day kind of wire used in wiring and cabling.
Rewiring is essential especially for those who are just moving into a new apartment or those who have been living in a house for a long time. However, it is easier to just upgrade at times by just adding a customer unit, proper earthing arrangements and cross bonding.
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