Does your home need a rewire?
There are a number of reasons why your home may need a rewire, which we explain below, however, to be sure we recommend that you contact us to carry out an electrical inspection of the property.
Periodic inspections offer you an overview of the current condition of the electrical installation in your home.
On completion of the inspection we will provide you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) detailing any dameage, deteriation, defects, dangerous conditions and anything that does not comply with present-day safety standards which may cause danger.
Age of the property
The most common cause for rewires. If your property is over 25-30 years old it may need a rewire as a lot of properties built before the mid 1980s did not have earth cables, and instead of copper wires, they used aluminium wires.
If you notice aluminium wires in your home, then you are in serious need of rewiring. This is because aluminium wires are 55 times more flammable and likely to cause a fire than copper wires.
This is another common sign that a house needs rewiring if wires are either frayed by time or chewed by rodents, to avoid electrocution or short-circuits that can cause fires.
Circuit breakers that trip a lot are a major sign as they can lead to an overload in current, which means that appliances will receive too much energy from the plug.
If the fuses blow regularly and randomly, it could be a sign your house needs rewiring, although it could simply be a faulty appliance causing the problem. But if it keeps happening and you can’t identify an appliance that could be behind it then chances are you will need a rewire.
Flickering / Dimming Lights
One flickering or dimming light is probably just a fault with a bulb, but if you notice regular flickering lights in several rooms, it could be a sign of electrical problems indicating a fault in the wiring which includes damaged or exposed wires.
Wooden back boxes
The presence of wood behind accessories such as switches, sockets and fuse boxes or even next to wiring is a sign that your property may be older than you think and in need of a rewire.
If you plan major renovation work that constitutes a material alteration as defined by the Building Regulations, it is likely that you will need to rewire part, if not all, of the property.