An electrical rewire is an important project, it’s one that you need to make sure is completed to help keep your property safe, but it can be hard to know when you need a rewire for your home. Due to the fact that rewiring is such a large project, it does not need to be done regularly, but knowing when one is necessary is very important for home owners to avoid expensive call-outs (and to not require any expensive and timely repair work in addition to the actual rewiring service).
These are our suggestions of signs that you need an electrical rewire, any one of these is enough to call us out. If you have several, make sure you contact us urgently. If you suffer from all five of these issues, you need to contact us right now in order to stay safe in your property and avoid future damage to your wiring.
An older property or cabling
The first feature is more of a general warning than something specific to watch out for. If your property is older, the chances are the wiring is also the same age of the property, unless whoever you have purchased it from has stated otherwise. For property that is over forty years old, the wires in the property may be suffering from degradation and may blow out at any time. By replacing them with ones that comply to modern safety standards, you not only ensure that you are safe, but your electrical rewire can help you when you come to resell the property.
Sometimes outlets can spark. Electricity can be unpredictable, that’s in the nature of using modern appliances in our homes. However, if this happens routinely, or you notice a large spark when using a plug socket, you need to be concerned. This can be a sign of a potentially large problem on the horizon. If your outlets are short-circuiting, this means that heat is building up within the outlet which can cause melted insulation. When exposed, this could lead to electrical fires, which can be dangerous for your appliances, your property, and isn’t safe for those living in the property.
Fuses that are blowing regularly
Our increased dependency on modern technology, technology that is high output and uses a lot of electricity to power it, can be an issue for older properties. The older style of fuses that are installed are not designed for all of the appliances being used in your home, sometime collectively at one time, this can major issues. If your fuses are blowing regularly, they may need to be upgraded to modern circuit breakers, and the wiring around the property may need to be updated to reflect this.
Flickering or dimming lights
If your lights are regularly flickering or often starting to be dimmer than you are used to them being, this is a common sign that your home needs a rewiring service completed by a trained electrician. In terms of the effects that flickering or dimming are highlighting, bright lights are being subjected to too much voltage, dim lights are receiving too little voltage.
You may have replaced a few bulbs, believing that the lights or the bulbs are the issues, but not managed to correct the issue. This is a common problem. These spikes or declines in power are a symptom of faulty circuitry, loose wiring, or electrical wiring issues that are often caused by corrosion.
You have a lot of extension cords for your appliances
If you are having to use electrical extensions in order to power the appliances you have around your property, then you need to install additional power outlets. This can be done during an electrical rewire. Whilst extension cords can be cumbersome and difficult, they are also dangerous for your property, as too many will overload sockets and cause fires or damage to wiring.
These are five signs that you need full electrical rewiring throughout your property. As stated, if you are suffering with any of these issues, and especially if you are suffering with several (or all) of the problems stated, an inspection is due immediately (with a rewire in the near future). If you need a rewire, make sure you contact a qualified electrician to do the work properly and ensure safety in your home. At East Kent Electrical, we provide a range of electrical services, including rewiring services. We can help you with your rewiring in Thanet, or anywhere throughout South-East Kent.
Here at East Kent Electrical, we provide for all your electrical requirements in the Thanet and South Kent area. If you require an electrician in Thanet, then do get in touch. We provide a wide range of electrical services all focussed on keeping you living in a safe, efficient and comfortable home.