If you’re worried about the state of your household electrics you might need your wiring repaired or replaced – a job best left to a professional.What with our ever increasing consumption of and reliance upon electricity and electrical goods, the last thing we need in life is a power failure; not only does it leave us in the dark, but it also forces us to go without all our mod-cons. Plus faulty wiring can increase the risk of sparks and electric shocks, which can then lead to fires – putting you and your family in danger. Although it is tempting to have a go at minor repairs yourself, electricians are fully trained and qualified to safely and skilfully get the job done in a matter of days – so if you’re suffering from frequent overloads or breakdowns, you should get your wiring inspected immediately
It is also important to note that it is a criminal offence to sell a home or property with faulty wiring; so if you’re thinking of leaving any time soon make sure your home is competently surveyed and any repairs are carried out to the highest quality. If you’re unsure of what constitutes faulty wiring, you should contact the Building Regulations Department of your Local Authority or ask your electrician.
So what is the cause of faulty wiring and electrical malfunctions?
There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing regular power outages, including the following:
Short circuit – frayed insulation can also lead to the failure of the earth wire, which can cause
What repairs will I need?
The type of repairs you will require to your electricity system will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of damage to the circuit board or fuse box, and the nature of the underlying cause of the power outages. It may be a simple case of replacing and refitting wall sockets; but for more serious problems you’re likely to need a full, or at least partial, refit of your home’s electrical wiring system. This involves replacing or re-covering old copper wires with an effective insulation material to prevent the exposure to air and make sure excess electricity is properly diverted. Aluminium or steel-based coverings are extremely strong and durable; uPVC or thermoplastics, however, are a safer option, as they don’t conduct electricity and are unlikely to affect the flow of current.
Rewiring is regulated by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in alignment with the British Standards 7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations, 2008 to ensure the safety and competence of such a comprehensive job – so make sure your employer can supply proof of meeting these guidelines.
How much will re-wiring cost?
The cost of re-wiring will vary significantly between different properties, but to make sure you get the best deal be sure to compare a number of quotes from different contractors before you sign on the dotted line. Always check references too, just to be certain your chosen employer is up to the task; you should also make sure they are fully qualified with the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Instillation Contracting) and understand the nature of your problem and what repairs will be necessary. A complete overhaul of electrical wiring for a three bedroom semi-detached property will, on average, cost somewhere between £3,000 and £5,000. It may sound like a lot of money, but it is important that you put you and your family’s safety first.