Many accidental domestic fires in the UK are caused by electrical faults. The main reasons behind these accidents are old, faulty wiring or poor quality electrical appliances. People underestimate the risks associated with electricity. The electrical wiring in a house, like everything else, deteriorates or develops faults over time and if it‘s not replaced, could eventually lead to serious fire hazards. Many electrical fires in the UK are caused by old wiring and worn out sockets, switches and outlets etc. To ensure that you and your family are safe, it is really important to keep your property’s wiring in good shape.
Rewiring your home can greatly improve both the safety and functionality of your home. It is also an opportunity to add more switches and plugs for household appliances, home computers, etc. And if you are planning to sell an older property, electrical rewiring can boost its visual appeal and value.
Here is a list of 7 Major Signs Your Property Needs Rewiring :
1. Flickering or Dimming Lights in Your Property
Have you noticed your house lights flicker or go unexpectedly dim? Flickering or dimming lights are one of the most common signs that your home needs rewiring. If your lights dim when you turn on an appliance, such as a washer, dryer or any other large appliance, you might be dealing with an overloaded circuit. A loose wiring or faulty circuit might be the culprit behind this type of spike or decline in power. If you continue to experience dimming or flickering lights, always consult qualified, trusted electricians in your area.
2. Sparking Outlets and Constantly Blowing Fuses
If you plug in a device and the outlet sparks, you may have a serious problem. Sometimes sparking outlets are normal, however they can also be a sign of a potentially dangerous electrical problem. There are instances when your outlets are short-circuiting, smell of smoke after sparking occurs, or excessive heat is building up within the outlet – this can lead to electrical fires and calls for an immediate attention.
3. A Persistent Burning Smell
If you keep smelling a burnt scent, chances are that you have an electric short-circuit occurring in the wiring. You are advised to stop using the outlet immediately as it is a clear indication of an electrical problem. If there are strange burning smells in your house, it should be tested by a qualified electrician ASAP.
4. Power Fluctuations
Loose wiring and overloaded sockets can cause power fluctuations. Improper wiring can also lead to irregular electric supply and voltage fluctuations, similarly, if your circuits are constantly tripping this may be a sign that they are overloading. Finding and fixing the cause of power fluctuations prevents serious damage to sensitive electrical / electronic equipment.
5. Minor Electrical Shock
If you touch an appliance and feel a minor shock, this could mean incorrect or deteriorated household electrical wiring problem. You should contact a qualified electrician immediately for a home electrical safety inspection.
6. Constantly Tripping Circuit Breakers
Circuit breakers keep you and your family safe by tripping, when a wire connecting to a specific device becomes overloaded. However, if circuit breaker trips too frequently, this is a clear sign that there is a problem with your wiring.
7. Old property with Outdated Wiring
Old houses mean old wiring. These houses were not built to handle today’s electrical needs. Moreover, Old wiring tends to be faulty and can lead to fires when one least expects it. So, if your property is at least three decades old, it may be due an electric rewire. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry!
Does Your Home or Office Property Need Rewiring?
An electric rewire will increase safety, add value to your property and provide you with additional and conveniently placed electrical outlets. A house rewire is not a job for an amateur, therefore it goes without saying than hiring an experienced and certified electrician is worth the investment.
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NICEIC approved specialists providing safe and secure electrical installations, full or partial rewiring and 24 hours electrical emergency services across Warwickshire. From electrical installations to emergency repairs, our qualified and experienced electricians offer a full range of services to home and business customers in Coventry, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon, Kenilworth and further afield. We look forward to serving you with all your electrical needs!