Older homes are cherished for their character and majesty, however with the extra years can come extra levels of maintenance. Just as you need to replace appliances and other electronics, the wires in older homes eventually need replacing. The safety hazards of leaving old and damaged wires unchecked are reasons enough to contact an electrician, luckily it’s a job that only needs to be done once in a generation.
Rewiring a home is something that all homes need eventually, but what’s really involved in rewiring a home? Read on to find out.
Why Rewire An Older Home?
Generally, if your home is older than 30 years it’s recommended that you get an inspection every 10 years. Houses older than 50 years need to be checked even more thoroughly as they may have dated knob-and-tube or cotton insulated wiring. Modern lifestyles use much more energy than 30 years ago, so a main factor in rewiring homes is bringing them up to date so that they can handle the power needs of today’s families, and so that they are futureproofed for years to come.
What Are The Signs You Need To Rewire?
If you have an older home, it’s a good idea to get an electrical inspection to make sure that your wiring is up to scratch. An older home will often show signs of electrical problems if it’s wiring needs replacing. Here are some signs to look out for:
• Your electrical box has a fuse rather than a circuit breaker, or it has a wooden box with iron switches and a ceramic fuse.
• Your home contains cables that are surface mounted that run along skirting boards, and/or up walls.
• Your home’s cables are lead, fabric or insulated with old black rubber.
• Your home’s sockets are different designs, which could indicate a partial rewire
• You experience regular tripped breakers or blown fuses
• Lights regularly flicker or dim
• Switch plates are hot or discoloured
• Light bulbs burn out
• Buzzing sounds or burning smells
• Loose outlets, cracks and broken insulation
• Sparks, arcs or shocks when switched and cords are touched
How Long Will Rewiring Take?
Rewiring can generally take a few days, depending on the size of your home, and if it’s a full rewire or just a couple of rooms. Sometimes a full rewire can be avoided if some of your circuitry is up to scratch. Despite this, rewiring will involve entering the sub-floor and ceiling space.
It’s best to plan ahead of time so you can make alternative arrangments as these spaces generally become unlivable when work is underway. To help you get a bit of an idea, kitchens can take up to a day, a small home can take four days and a larger home can take over a week.
What is Involved When Rewiring?
The first stage in rewiring a home is the fix stage, which involves gaining access to the sub-floor and ceiling space needed to access your home’s wiring. Next, new sockets will be installed (if required) in addition to new wiring for all power and lighting circuits. While in the fix stage, it’s a good idea to check and or rewire circuits for heating controls, alarms, smoke detectors and doorbells and to add any additional wires and or sockets you may need in the future.
If you have any questions about rewiring your home or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON about Power Boards today.
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