Did you recently buy a property that is need of renovations or do you suspect the electrics in your existing house have become outdated? Either way, it is about time you considered rewiring your premise. Not only are modern properties vulnerable to electrical problems caused by old and faulty wires, but old building might also need fresh wiring to make sure all electrics are safe to use. All new rewiring needs to comply with the electrical safety regulations mentioned in the Part P of the building regulations and it is a compulsory responsibility of property owners to ensure all wires are safe and secure.
If any of the following conditions are true, it is vital that you take action immediately to avoid potential injury or financial loss:
- The property is over 25 years old.
- You depend upon extension cords for power.
- Damages or cracks are visible within the property.
- You use two prong sockets.
Read on to find out more about the early signs that show your property needs rewiring.
Early Warning Signs
Before you begin to examine the wiring in your home, it is crucial to stay safe and secure. Not many of us are aware of the electrical work, which is why it is necessary to call a professional rather than rewiring your premise yourself. It is highly recommended to keep an eye on the early warning signs that showcase a need for rewiring your premise. To start off, take a look at every room and count the number of sockets in every room. If there are only one or two, this means the building most likely has old and faulty wiring, which needs to be replaced instantly.
Another sign to watch out for is when you touch a socket and it feels hot, this means there’s an overheating taking place somewhere. It is unusual to observe flashing light from a plug or feel a socket heat up or smell peculiar burning smell within your premise. What’s more, don’t forget to take a look at the fuse box in your home. You will be able to identify whether it is made of an older design, judging by its current condition. If in case the fuse box is updated, this is not an indication that the entire property has been rewired.
Take a closer look at the fuses in the box, if they are the re-wirable kind, then it is most like you have an old domestic wiring system that needs immediate attention. A good indication for rewiring is by checking the general condition of the plug sockets and the light switches. If there are any damages such as expired fittings, loose boxes or live wires, you will need to take action today. It is highly recommended to carry out a detailed Electrical Installation Condition Report, which will highlight the necessary damages caused to the wiring hidden behind the walls.
Never take electrical work lightly. It is always best to contact a professional electrical contractor like ourselves when it comes to rewiring your premise.