Electrical rewiring may sound like a heavy-duty house maintenance project, but we’re here to guide you through the process and everything that’s involved.
How do you know you need rewiring done in your home?
Getting rewiring done is not just about keeping your lights and electrical equipment working, it’s also about health and safety. Faulty electrics can result in a fire hazard or electrocution – both of which can have serious consequences. So, in other words, when it comes to rewiring your house, this isn’t something you should cut corners on or forget about.
But how do you know when your house needs rewiring?
It’s recommended that you get your electrical wiring checked by a professional electrician every 10 years. Aside from safety, electrical rewiring is essential for preventing fuses from blowing or frequent trips.
Rewiring your house – what’s involved?
If you’re new to house rewiring, you’ve probably got visions of lots of dust and damage to your walls, furnishings and decor as the electricians try to access your wiring.
House rewiring is generally completed in two stages, with the initial work including the replacement of cabling, wiring, circuits and back boxes.
After the initial work is complete, the electrician will focus on installing light fittings, faceplates on sockets and switches. Once that is complete, all wiring is connected to the consumer unit to make everything live.
Some electricians will also be able to install deep back boxes throughout your home, so you can easily fit a flat plate dimmer switch or USB socket to any wired position without having to change the back box.
Professional electrical installers like Bailey Electrical have access to state-of-the-art equipment to complete your rewiring as quickly and neatly as possible. From minimising dust production with a dust extraction system to ensuring chases are neat and cables are concealed, Bailey Electrical’s rewiring work is designed to have minimal effects on the interior of your property.
Some installers will also provide a plastering service to restore your walls and offer after sales visits to ensure your electrical wiring is still in good condition.
If you’re moving into a property, you should check when the rewiring was last done. If the house needs rewiring from top to bottom, then this may not only impact how much you’re prepared to offer for the property, it may also affect how soon you choose to decorate.
Whilst companies like Bailey Electrical use state-of-the-art equipment to minimise any damage or dust creation during the rewiring process, it still makes sense to delay the decorating and finishing touches for when essential electrical works have been completed.
Likewise, if you’re due some rewiring in your current house, it’s best to hold off on any replastering or redecorating until this has been completed.
We hope this blog on rewiring your house has given you a better idea of what’s involved and helped you identify when you should have this essential work completed.