Old wiring can cause serious fire hazards and lead to injuries caused by electrocution. If you are looking to buy a house or a property that is more than 25 years old, then it is important to check that the electrical wiring is up to date.
The old wiring may prove to be dangerous and the demands of modern living may not be met with it.
Rewiring a home can cost a lot from 2,000 pounds to 5,000 pounds for an average house. And, the cost is not the only consideration. Rewiring a home will definitely cause some disruption, including the need to replaster walls after the work is finished.
Rewiring can be a difficult task. Be that as it may, old electrics can be hazardous and are the reason for fires, accidents, and deaths in the home every year. So, it isn’t something you should put off if you think it needs to be carried out. Examine the signs, and in case you’re concerned, have an electrical review done.
How to tell if your home needs rewiring
Persistent burning smell
If you sense a burning a smell and you haven’t burnt your food and the smell doesn’t go away, then it might be that your house needs rewiring. If you can identify the source of burning, turn off the power at the circuit and call an electrician immediately.
The odour is a distinctive smell of an electrical burn which is identical to that of fish.
Charred or discolored sockets or switches
Grey or brown marks on electrical sockets can be the result of tiny fires caused by loose wire connections inside the socket. This can cause little arcs of electricity and fire. Also, the absence of scorch marks doesn’t really mean that there is no problem. The arcing could be occurring in the wiring within the walls, which may not be noticeable on sight until an electrical inspection is done.
Flickering or dimming lights
If a light bulb is flickering or dimming it will be considered as a faulty bulb. On the other hand, there could be an electrical issue if you see that the lights in the other rooms are also flickering regularly. This needs to checked urgently.
Repeatedly blowing fuses
If the fuses blow regularly and randomly, this could be a sign that your house needs rewiring. However, it could simply be a defective electric appliance that is causing the problem. Be cautious though when it repeatedly happens and you can’t identify the faulty appliance, contact an electrician to have it checked out.
Hanging sockets will expose the wires and this can be very dangerous, especially if you have children or pets. Get an electrician to repair the socket and check the whole system quickly.
If you get shocked by electricity, however small the impact was, when plugging in an appliance into the socket, then it needs to be checked urgently. Also, if there is a buzzing sound from a socket, get the electrician to check it out.
An old house
If your house is more than 25 years old and you’re not sure if it has been rewired, or if the switches, sockets, and fuse boxes are old. You should get an electrician to have it checked.
Electrical installation should be tested every 10 years if you own a home, and every 5 years if you rent a home.
What to expect during a rewiring process?
Are you planning for a renovation? Most probably rewiring of all or a part of your property may be needed. Building Regulations BS 7671, also referred to as the IET Wiring Regulations, should be followed by Electrical installations. This sets the principles for installation of the electricals in the UK. On the off chance that you are extending your home or changing over the garage or loft, all the new wiring will require to adjust to the most recent Building Regulations, and the current installations are upgraded to securely convey the extra load.
The rewiring process will be messy if you are living on the property. The process can be invasive and take between 5-8 days. A team of qualified electricians will be working in your home, starting at the roof working down.
You can minimize the mess when there is a clear understanding of your requirements at the outset, regular consultations, and open communication.
Moreover, it is fundamental that you plan this out cautiously, as circuit testers will frequently work quicker in an empty, calm environment, which implies you should be ready for all conditions. Additionally, your area in the UK can likewise affect the general expense on account of the regional contrasts in professionals’ costs.
Quite possibly the main thing to comprehend about rewiring is what constitutes a full house rewire, as there will be changes in sockets and cables just as wires.
A full house overhaul is comprised of two phases: the main phase is typically finished before walls are placed and should be done without furniture or rugs in place, so on the off chance that you are moving into another property, we would advise that you have the property revamped before adding furniture, to dodge any future issues.
The subsequent phase is known as the “Second Fix” which is for the most part comprised of interfacing the electrics by fitting the switches, attachments, and lights. A fuse box/ consumer unit will likewise be connected.
Rewiring is a process to improve safety as well as present-day convenience – to add more switches and fittings for kitchen machines, home PCs, and TVs. In the event that you are selling an older property, a new overhaul can boost its appeal to purchasers.
In conclusion, as rewiring is a complex and conceivably risky work if done unprofessionally, it is crucial to use the right people for the job.
Request to see an electrician’s qualifications and verify whether they are enrolled with an association, for example, NICEIC or ELECSA. Additionally, get them to show you their public risk insurance so you have peace of mind that cover is there should anything turn out badly.
If you are a landlord or an estate agent and are looking for tailored electrical service in and across Leicestershire the C&M Electricals is the name you can trust on. We deal in various electrical services right from a minor maintenance work to rewiring to electrical installations etc.
Feel free to contact us for any kind of electrical work in a residential property or an industrial property.
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