13 Jul Rewiring your house?
Advice on rewiring your house
- Signs that the rubber encasing the wires has degraded
- Lights stopped working or flicker
- If the property has been flooded
There is not really any set guidelines but the following guide from our guest electrician may indicate you need to consider rewiring your house:
If you are moving into an old property (40-50 years old) or extending a property and you would like to make sure its safe
How do I know how old the wiring is in the property?
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The following is a general guide:
- Cables coated in black were phased out in the 60s
- Cables coated in lead or fabric were installed before the 60s
- A fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches or a mixture of fuse boxes were installed before the 60s
- Wall-mounted light switches in bathrooms were installed before the 60s
What should I do before the rewiring starts?
Well, the great news is this will give you an opportunity to start with a blank page and design fixtures and fittings to meet your requirements. Make sure you do your research beforehand and have a clear idea of exactly what you want. Our electricians will be on hand to help you if you have any questions.
Packing away your items beforehand is a good idea. Rewiring can be a messy process and dust particles can get everywhere. Of course, we try and minimise the mess as best we can. On completion, we carry out a thorough clean up as well.
Make sure you look for a fully qualified Electrician
What to expect during the process?
Unfortunately, it is a messy invasive process and can take between 5-8 days. Our friendly electricians will be on hand to answer any questions during the process to ensure they have a clear understanding of your requirements.
Buying a new house? How can you tell when it was rewired?
You should be able to get a rough idea just by looking. Look at the age of the switches, sockets and fuse box. You can ask to look at this when viewing a property.
If there is an old style fuse box with a wooden base, with big ceramic style fuses or rewireable fuses then chances are it will need a complete rewiring.
Please contact us if you have any doubts and we can carry out a test.