Your Guide To Rewiring Your Home

When do i need a rewire...

There are no set guidelines for when a property should be rewired. However if a property has not already been rewired within the last 25-30 years, the chances are it will need upgrading in order to bring it up to current standards and regulations. The wiring may be potentially dangerous and may not be able to cope with the demands of modern living.

 

Signs you might need a rewire are;

 

  • Old fashioned style fuse board (ceramic fuses, wooden backed)

  • Old round pin sockets

  • Original dolly switches 

  • Rubber insulated cabling 

  • Fabric insulated cabling 

  • Lead insulated cabling 

  • Light bulbs flickering/blowing 

  • Fuses blowing 

  • Signs of overheating or thermal damage 

  • Lack of earthing and bonding 

Whats involved...

Carrying out a rewire will require some disruption to the the property. Wiring the new circuits will involve lifting the floor coverings and floorboards and possibly the skirting boards too, chasing out channels in the walls and possibly in some ceilings that are inaccessible from above.

 

In addition to rewiring for all power and lighting circuits, it is a good opportunity to rewire for modern central heating controls, alarms, smoke detectors and doorbells, to add outdoor lighting and sockets, and to rewire the telephones and television aerial sockets. It is also worth redesigning the wiring plan for sockets and switches to make sure it meets your needs and those of modern house buyers.

 

All floor coverings and floorboards are put back together after the 1st fix stage is completed. Plastering work will commence to fill all the chases and any other damage incurred. All faceplates and accessories can then be replaced and a new consumer unit installed. 

Timescale...

A full rewire can take on average between 5-10 days, but we aim to complete most of our rewires in 3-5 days depending on the specification and size of the property. 

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