If you’ve recently moved into your new home or are thinking about buying one, you could ask the following question:- When does a house need a rewire? There are lots of old properties in Thanet and many need a rewire. Since a lot of us don’t have an electrical background, it would be wise to get your self a local domestic electrician to look over the property and they will advise if there are any works that are required.
So, what are the signs that your house or property may need a rewire? Speaking as an electrician, we have come across properties where the owner should have thought about a rewire a long time ago. Below we have mentioned some signs that you may notice which could indicate that a rewire is in order:
1) Your lights start to flicker or dim even after replacing the light bulbs.
2) The consumer unit is over 10 years old. It may not have an RCD (A Residual Current Device – This is a safety mechanism that monitors the electricity flowing through the circuits.)
3) The consumer unit has asbestos flash guards which are never on newer models due to the harmful effect of asbestos fibres if breathed in.
4) The sockets are found in skirting boards rather than the wall and perhaps have rounded pins.
5) Sockets are unresponsive.
6) Old cables which are not earthed.
7) Circuit breakers which trip regularly.
Do I need to worry?
The simple answer is yes. Since there may be no RCD in the consumer unit then there is a high risk of fire, from the wiring which could even cause injury. You can read more about what an RCD is by clicking RCDs Explained. In 2015/16 electricity caused more than 15,000 fires in the UK. Furthermore, asbestos flash guards are also extremely dangerous to humans if the fibres are disturbed and breathed in.
Most homes have various appliances such as phones, laptops and game consoles (just to name a few). These require charging or Constance power supply. For your old wiring to be able to take the payload, the electrical wiring in your property requires to be updated.
Can I rewire a house myself?
Electrical rewiring is not for amateurs. Professional Electricians such as ourselves train for many years through apprenticeships and we regulated by the NICEIC, so all our work is fully certified and safe.
All of our house rewires would come with an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) following the rewire to confirm that it has been completed to an industry standard. As an NICEIC approved electrician, you the consumer are covered by the Platinum Promise from NICEIC. This will protect you should installation work that has been undertaken by a NICEIC registered contractor not meet the required building regulations or installation standards.
What does a rewire involve?
A full rewire could take anything between 1-3 weeks depending on the size of the property. In Thanet, it can cost between £2,500 and £5,000 on average to rewire a property. If you require any additional works such as data cabling or LED lighting, these can be completed alongside the rewiring to keep disruption to a minimum.
If you’re in Thanet and think that your property or house may need a rewire, then contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation. We are NICEIC approved electrician in Thanet, with over 10 years’ experience and very happy customers. We have established our business in Thanet and have rewired various property’s from tenements to multiple story flats and buildings.
Contact Us today for a free no-obligation quotation to see how we can help you stay safe with your electrical wiring!