If you own a property in Bristol that is between 25-30 years old or more, you may be in danger: The effects of poor or worn out wiring could be potentially devastating and life threatening.
Even if the property you own is being renovated, it is essential that you know if any rewiring work is necessary, in order to alleviate any possible risks or hazards from faulty wires; faulty wires and appliances can also lead to injuries such as electrocution and potential fire hazards, which emphasises the importance of properly tending to and rewiring a property correctly.
There are a number of noticeable factors when a property is in need of rewiring.
As mentioned before, a property that is 30 years old and has its original wiring will most likely need to be rewired, not just for safety reasons, but also in order to meet modern regulations.
If you are interested in purchasing an older property, a thorough check must be completed by a licensed electrician before buying, to make sure the wiring is safe.
The recommendation for an inspection is every 10 years for a property owned by you and every five years for a rented property; if you are extending part of your house or converting it, all new and updated wiring will need to comply with the latest Building Regulations to ensure safety and security.
Rewiring also creates the chance to improve your quality of life, as well as improving safety in a household. For example, a larger number of switches and plugs can be installed with a rewire, which means that the number of appliances in a household can increase, including televisions, radios and home computers.
There are several warning signs if you are unsure whether of not your property needs rewiring- circuit breakers that trip regularly are a big sign, as they can lead to an overload in current, which means that appliances will receive too much electricity from the plug. In addition, flickering or dimming lights indicate a fault in the wiring including damaged or exposed wires.
If you spot any of these warning signs, call our expert electricians to get the best experience when rewiring your property.
It is much quicker and easier to rewire a house that is not occupied, in addition it is pretty unpleasant for the occupants living in a home being rewired – the power will be off for around a week and floorboards will be lifted and plaster cut into – it is better to move out of your house while rewiring work is in progress if at all possible! If you specify the typical white plastic for sockets/switches then this will keep the price down, whereas opting for polished brass will obviously cost a lot more!
You also should also consider that there are other jobs which will need doing at same time, for example, most electricians won’t re-plaster the walls afterwards, nor will they make good any plasterwork repairs or damage to the flooring. So it is not unusual for plasterers and decorators along with flooring specialists to be required after a rewiring job! Though some electricians will get in touch with other specialists and supply a complete all-inclusive quote to make good the plasterwork and flooring, though even that will be unlikely to include painting/decorating, this will almost always have to be arranged separately by the homeowner.
Having your home rewired is a messy and uncomfortable experience, even if you cannot move out, there are a number of ways you can make the whole experience go more smoothly. For example, if parking is limited outside your home use your car to “reserve” a space for the electrician’s van as close as possible. If you cannot move out for the duration, consider staying with friends for one of to nights at least, and remove as many of your possessions as you can and put them in storage, leaving any larger items in the centre of the room.
If you need to stay in the property, most electricians will rig safe power for you in the evenings at least, but you will have to put up with lots of floorboards being removed and plenty of dust! Remember that you are paying a premium hourly rate for an electrician to rewire your home, do you really want to be paying him to move your furniture around?