Think that you may require a rewire and live in Bournemouth, Poole, Canford Cliffs, Wimborne, Ferndown, Wareham, Swanage or surrounding areas, Here’s our guide.
If you’ve just bought – or are about to buy – a house with electrics you suspect might be faulty, you’ll need to know what to look for and what to do next. Here’s a guide
How Can You Tell If Electrics Are Faulty?
If you’re viewing a house – or maybe have already moved in – what basic checks can you make to find out if the electrics are faulty? As a rule, only a full NICEIC periodic test can tell you that. But there are warning signs that you can look for:
- Obvious signs of damage to socket-outlets, switches, and lights.
- Signs of overheating at socket-outlets.
- How many socket-outlets are there in each room? If there are only one or two, or they are single sockets. it could be an indication that the installation may be quite old.
- The use of extension leads and socket outlet adaptors.
- Are the socket-outlets of the round pin type? If so, the installation is very old.
- Round light switches and braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards may require replacing.
- Check the fuse box – just because it looks new doesn’t mean it is – it may have had just a fuse box change, so check the rest of the installation as well.
- Has it got rewirable fuses? These have not been installed in new installations for many years.
- If the fuse box has a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard mixture of fuses it is likely that it dates back to before the 1960s and will need to be replaced.
How Bad Does An Electrical System Have To Be To Be Replaced?
- This is a difficult question to give an overall answer to as each installation would need to be assessed individually. However, the following factors all contribute:
- Any electrical installation is as old as the oldest component in it, which could be cables, socket-outlets, switches; lights, fuse box and any other item of current using equipment.
- If a Periodic Inspection Report identifies many departures to the existing installation.
- If you require a considerable amount of additional works such as lights and socket-outlets, it may be more cost effective to rewire the complete installation
So, you’ve decided that the electrics in your house – or potential new home – need replacing. What’s involved?
Preparing For Rewiring
Make a list or a drawing of the socket-outlets and lights you require in each room
- If you want wires concealed and accessories flushed in, within solid walls oval plastic conduit will need to be installed. This will most properly involve chases cut into walls
- If you plan to buy your own light fittings or accessories check that they are suitable for the location where they are to be installed, ie, outside or above a bath or shower or in a swimming pool.
- Our Electricians will clear up after each day’s work.
- The installation will comply with the UK national standard, BS 7671 (Requirements for Electrical Installations) and Part P.
Get Ready For Mess
Rewiring your home can be a messy job – it’s best to forget about decorating until it is finished. It can also cause major disruptions to the household as carpets and floorboards are up.
What Happens Next?
Upon completion of any electrical work we will give you an appropriate certificate, for a rewire, fuse box change or any new installation works it will be an Electrical Installation Certificate.
For any addition or alteration to an existing circuit it will be a Minor Works Certificate.
These certificates confirm that the work has been carried out, inspected and tested in accordance with BS 7671, the national safety standard for electrical installations.
Within 30 days of the work being completed, you will also receive an electrical installation certification of compliance. This certificate that confirms that the work complies with Part P of the building regulations.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us please remember to use a reputable company with NICEIC accreditation or similar
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