7 Reasons Why Your Home Needs Rewiring

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!

Electrical safety: Do’s and Dont’s

Electricity is a universal energy that surrounds us and one that we interact with every day. Most of the time we take it for granted and only notice it when it’s absent; like in a power cut. What most of us lose sight of is just how dangerous electricity is. Government statistics show that faulty appliances and leads were the cause of over 4,000 fires in 2017/18. These numbers are showing a gradual decline, but the point of this article is to help drive down these numbers further to safeguard the people of Warwick and Stratford upon Avon.

Do’s

Do frequently inspect sockets and plugs for signs of scorching or any crackling noises. If blowing a fuse is a regular occurrence, you should contact a certified electrician.

Do purchase your electrical appliances from a trustworthy vendor and follow the manual to the letter when using them.

Do prevent the build-up of lint and dust behind your fridge and freezer ensuring there’s enough space around the appliance so air can circulate.

Do make sure your oven and hob are spotless to prevent food particles and fat catching fire.

Dont’s

Don’t leave any appliances on when you’re asleep or away from home that is not essential, like the fridge and freezer, for instance.

Don’t overload dishwashers, tumble dryers or washing machines. It leads to wear and tear and an unnecessary fire risk.

Don’t position your fridge or freezer in too close proximity to an oven. Your white goods will have to work overtime to keep cool.

Don’t ignore any potential electrical fault. At the first sign of deterioration, you should stop using the appliance or socket and call a qualified electrician to inspect the problem.

Electrical safety has a lot to do with common sense. By following these simple steps, you will help to keep you and your family safe. If you live in Warwick or Stratford upon Avon and you have any concerns about your electrics, contact us at 007 Electricians for a professional and reliable electrical service.

What is Periodic Testing?

If there is one fact that every electrician knows it’s that any electrical appliance or installation will begin to display signs of wear and tear over time. Therefore, if you own a business in Rugby or Coventry, it’s essential that regular inspections are carried out to ensure the electrical items on your property are safe and usable. Landlords and business owners are required by several government acts and regulations to ensure testing is performed, while homeowners are advised to have their homes tested every five years.

What does the Law say?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 commands that all employers and employees must work to secure the safety of everyone in the workplace, including any visitors. The Management of Health and Safety Work Regulations 1999 is intended solely for employers and requires them to conduct risk assessments to ensure the safety of the workplace and employees. The British Standard BS 7671 is a document that outlines the standards required for electrical installation in the United Kingdom.

These are the chief laws that cover Periodic Testing, and they require businesses to undertake an inspection every five years. Landlords are bound by the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations to carry out testing every five years.

Who can conduct Periodic Testing?

Any qualified and registered electrician will be suitable to conduct testing of your fuse box and all electrical installations. Afterwards, you will receive an Electrical Installation Condition Report that will advise whether or not they have passed and if not, what work will be required to get them up to code.

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The importance of using a registered electrician

When you hire an electrician, do you check that they are registered or do you rely on word of mouth and recommendations from people you know? If you hire an unregistered electrician, you run the risk of them installing electrical appliances incorrectly and leaving you with a potentially dangerous situation. The people that you hire for any electrical work in your home or business need to be experienced and skilled in working with electricity to ensure they complete the job safely.

What credentials should an electrician hold?

You should check if they are a member of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contraction (NICEIC). NICEIC is a voluntary body that that provides certification and advice for electrical contractors. If a contractor completes sub-standard work, then you can refer to NICEIC to register a complaint.

You should also ensure that they work to the BS7671 standard, which is referred to in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Try to find out how often they have their work assessed and perhaps most critically, that they are insured, so you have full protection in case of any problems.

How to find a registered electrician?

Any electrician that is a member of a voluntary body, is backed by a government approved scheme or has full public liability cover should make this prominent on their website. There are also several registers that are available online to help you find competent and qualified electricians in Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

007 Electricians are NICEIC approved contractor that can undertake any electrical odd jobs or installations. If you live in Kenilworth or Leamington Spa and you need a tried and tested contractor, give our team a call.

Electrical Repair issues You shouldn’t ignore

When dealing with the safety of your home and loved ones, things cannot be taken for granted, especially when considering electrical repair issues. When we look at the commercial setting, one needs to be conscious of a safe working environment for both workers and visitors. To be liable for an accident would be distressing at best and could end up in court at worst. Here are some electrical repair issues you shouldn’t ignore.

Circuit Breaker problem & Buzzing Outlets
Circuits are designed to prevent overloading but when a fuse is overloaded with many appliances, it can cause problems. If your appliances trip occasionally try plugging them into another outlet, however, if you are experiencing problems more frequently arrange a circuit inspection to detect any underlying issues.

A buzzing sound can signal a loose switch, wire or outlet. Repair or replace the outlet immediately, but if this continues call a professionally qualified electrician for an inspection.

Ceiling Fixtures
Sometimes ceiling fixtures are not properly insulated, so ask a professional electrician to consider the maximum wattage acceptable to avoid overheating (which can cause sparking / lead to a fire hazard). Inspect wiring too, this is a very common flashpoint.

Burning smell & Flickering
Burning smells and flickering can occur due to loose switches, defective bulbs or faulty wires. NICEIC Electricians are fully qualified to diagnose these issues so set up a survey if in any doubt.

Prevent your home from household electrical fires

There are numerous reasons for household electrical problems at home and these problems can bring serious injuries / electrical fires if homeowners don’t take them seriously. Follow these safety steps to help keep your home free of electrical hazards and fires.

Start with the basics
Electrical outlets are one of the most important components in the electrical system of our home so they require more care and attention. If anything goes wrong with these outlets, i.e. become loose or damaged there can be a chance of an electrical fire. There are cases where the electrical outlet sparks frequently and some people ignore these sparks. You do so at your peril as they can cause serious damage / electric fires. Homeowners should call the certified electrician and should ask for professional advice with even the smallest of doubts.

Heat-producing appliances
Heat producing appliances are also another cause of electrical fires as heat produced from these appliances can potentially ignite materials surrounding them. To prevent a home from these types of fires, homeowners should keep all materials well away from any source of heat or electricity. All heating appliances have been upgraded in the past few years, but inevitably there are still some homeowners in the UK using older heating appliances, which have fewer fire prevention features. In these cases homeowners should consider upgrading their heating appliances to modern ones with better safety and energy efficiency characteristics.

Electrical inspection
In addition to the situations mentioned above there can be other reasons which are best detected and explained by a professional electrician. So every homeowner should get a home inspection from a certified electrician at regular intervals. Prevention is always better than cure, especially when your house is on the line.

Some risks in doing electrical work at home by yourself

Being in the business for many years, we have noticed that whenever people have a situation where their electrical system failed, or has become potentially dangerous, they sometimes try to repair it themselves. What we want to highlight today is the dangers involved unless you are a qualified electrician. Saving money should never be a factor as you may be risking your life or your families life by not being professionally qualified. Consider the following:

Risks in DIY

(1). Electrical fires: Hundreds of electrical fires in the UK are caused by electricity, and the major cause behind these fires is a fault in switches, electrical appliances and outdated appliances.
Homeowners should avoid handling electrical problems and call a certified (NICEIC Electrician) professional for repairs. Light fixtures and outdated wiring are also common reasons for electrical fires at home.
(2). Minor or major injuries (life at risk): Doing electrical repairs by yourself can risk life or at best give a shock. Not doing it properly can cause some serious injury to an individual, or to the property itself. Experienced electricians can handle electrical repairs or installation because they spend time learning and practicing the safety standards of the professional associations.

(3). Property Damage: Fire may spread immediately and can damage part or all of a property. In some cities, insurance companies don’t pay for any damage unless the work has been certified.

What if something goes wrong?
Working with electricity is always risky so one shouldn’t do any electrical work unless they have the knowledge and skills to do so. You simply cannot put a price on a human life so always consult an expert.