OLD OR FAULTY WIRING IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF ELECTRICAL FIRES SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE YOUR WIRING IS SAFE AT REGULAR INTERVALS.
Some people may want to undertake a full rewire or upgrade the current system – particularly those moving into a new property which might be 25 years or older.
Undertaking a full or partial rewire in a property is a big job and one that should only be carried out by a registered electrician.
When should an electrician carry out a rewire?
All electrical installations, over time, will deteriorate naturally as they are a working mechanism made up of various components and working systems.
For wiring systems more than 25 years old we would always recommend having the electrical system checked out at regular intervals.
This will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement. It will also give you an idea of any work that might be required and potential cost if you are considering upgrading the electrical installation or remodelling it to include additional circuits.
A full rewire usually takes place when major building work such as an extension or conversion is being carried out – prior to any plastering or decoration.
Other occasions when a rewire might be necessary include;
After flood or fire damage
If electrical installation has become unsafe
Installation of several new circuits
Upgrade of building/property
Certification and Notification
Carrying out a partial or full rewire will often involve creating new circuits or a consumer unit change. This means the work is notifiable to your local building control department.
Using a registered contractor with NICEIC or ELECSA means the person carrying out the work is eligible to do this for you – without the need for you to do anything. Be sure to arrange this with your electrician beforehand and get the appropriate certification for the work afterwards.