Are my home electrics safe?
All electrical installations over time will deteriorate so its important to keep a check on them and be aware of any issues that may hint that they need replacing.
An inspection will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement and give you an idea of any work and cost that may be required in upgrading the electrical installation or remodelling it to include additional circuits.
A full rewire usually takes place when major building work such as an extension or conversion is being carried out – prior to any plastering or decoration. Other reasons that a rewire may be necessary is if your property has suffered from flood or fire damage, if electrical installation has become unsafe, an installation of several new circuits or if you are upgrading the property.
Getting your electrics checked regularly by an experienced electrician offers peace of mind, ensuring your property is safe to live in. Old or faulty electrics can lead to electric shocks and fires so its important to maintain them properly.
NAPIT highly recommend having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out on your home at least every 10 years to check everything is safe for your family. If you live in a privately rented property, it is a legal requirement in England and Scotland to have an electrical safety check, in the form of an EICR carried out at least every five years by a qualified and competent person.
Certainly for wiring systems over 25 years old we recommend that the electrical system is checked out at regular intervals.
These warning signs indicate your home may have underlying electrical issues which need addressing quickly:
- Flickering, buzzing or dimming lights
- Circuit breaker trips
- Warm or hot outlets
- Burning smells
- Electric shocks
- Loose outlets
- Messy or tangled wiring
- Frayed or chewed wiring
- Discoloration, scorching and smoke on outlet points