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Is a full re-wire needed for your home?

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In the modern world we rely heavily on electricity in our homes and offices, but don’t often think about its maintenance unless something goes wrong and we find ourselves sitting in the dark.

However, it is a good idea to compare electrical health to your car. Every year you take your car for a service, rather than just fire-fighting and taking it into the garage when it breaks down. Electrical safety also needs to be addressed before a problem occurs.

However, when there are electrical problems, not only can you be without lights but it could be potentially dangerous and can cause electrical fires.

For the majority of electrical problems, repairs are needed rather than a full re-wire of the property. However, the latter is sometimes the safest option.

If your electrical wiring is rubber insulated then you need to have a full re-wire as this form of electrical wiring hasn’t been used since the 1960s, some 60 years ago. Generally, you should consider a full re-wire if the electrics are more than 25 years old.

However, there are some other signs that a re-wire might be required. Constantly tripping RCDs, blown fuses, flickering lights, hot electrical sockets, buzzing noise from electrical sockets or if electric stops working in one part of the property.

If you have just moved into a new property it is a good idea to get a professional Electrical Test and Inspection. This is the only way you will know if there are any hidden electrical problems.

For this, an electrician will check all the wiring in the home and will inform you whether a re-wire is necessary.

It is, however, always better to be safe than sorry where electricity is concerned. If you think you may need a partial or a full re-wire of your home contact the experienced electricians at EJS Electrical and we will discuss what we can do to help you.
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Why is it important to carry out an Electrical Inspection before buying your new home?

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It’s an exciting time in your life. You have found your ideal home, and your offer has been accepted.

But perhaps all is not as perfect as it seems.

A large proportion of home buyers do not see the need for an Electrical Inspection on a property they are considering buying and many others believe it is part of the survey carried out on the home.

This is not the case.

Additionally, house vendors do not need to provide an electrical safety certificate to sell a house.

The only certification they are required to provide is a Part P Building Regulation Certificate if they have made any additions to the electrics since 2005.

Therefore, the only way you can be 100% sure the electrics in the house are safe before you buy it is to have an Electrical Inspection report carried out.

Without it, you have no guarantee the electrics are safe and they could break down at any point – potentially leaving you with a larger bill than if you had known of before buying the property.

What is an Electrical Inspection?

An Electrical Inspection is straightforward and with wiring which is 30 years old or younger will take approximately two to four hours.

For older wiring, there are likely to be more faults and therefore the inspection will take longer to complete.

Also as you would expect, a one–bedroomed property will be quicker to complete than a five-bedroomed property.

The electricians will be looking for any overloaded circuits or equipment, potential electric shock risks, defective electrical works and identify if there are any earthing or bonding issues.

It is best to identify any problems before you and your family move into the new house, rather than have the electrics break down, or worse have an electrical fire break out due to faulty wiring.

It’s not worth the risk.

So don’t delay contact EJS Electrics today, and speak to us about an Electrical Inspection. Let us provide you with peace of mind that your dream home is not hiding any potentially disastrous surprises.