Why should I invest thousands of pounds in rewiring my house, you may ask? Well, the answer is simple: electricity is dangerous and non-forgiving. Having a local electrician rewire your house may save yourself and your family members from the dangers of electrocution.
Technology has seen a significant upgrade in the past decade. We have upgraded our devices and adopted them, but the circuits powering them remain the same. Some durables like central air conditioners, automatic washing and drying machines have made our lives simpler, but the wires supplying power to them are stressed out. With general ageing, wires, breakers, switches and other fixtures wear out and lose efficiency.
Any money invested in house rewiring is like an insurance against electric shocks. An average home has devices belonging to 5-6 generations (considering a generation to be 2-3 years). Changes have happened, and the electrical code has been revised. You may not know when you’re using a device with an electrical hazard. Safety itself is an argument strong enough to warrant a rewiring.
A stitch in time saves nine
Any malfunctioning circuit can damage a lot of other circuits and the equipment connected to it.
Modern electrical appliances may be highly efficient devices, but may also be more sensitive than previous-generation devices. Older appliances were built to withstand the electrical conditions at that time.
Your LED TV may not be able to bear that surge in current due to a lightning strike. If you had a surge protector installed, maybe you could have saved that TV.
Repairs, modifications, and ageing
Over the years, electrical terminals corrode, have carbon deposits and heat up when a large amount of current passes through them. This poses a risk of fire.
Repairs and modifications done by domestic electricians may not comply with the latest safety protocols. For example, if your house has some china-clay fuses and MCBs, you’re putting the devices connected to the old fuses in danger.
Ageing can cause the pipes inside the walls to get damaged and moist. This is a severe electrical hazard. Also, the old earthing system may not be completely effective due to the salt losing its efficiency over the two decades you’ve used your house.
Rewiring and modern equipment
Despite increasing efficiency, the load consumed by homes has increased. When you’re rewiring your home, get wires that support the level of current required by your devices. Future proof yourself by using wires having a 50% greater capacity than what you currently consume.
Your local electrician can guide you on the wires you need to use. Circuit breakers have become increasingly sophisticated and robust. They can be connected individually to devices and can disconnect the circuit in milliseconds. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter: GFCI is a device that shuts off the circuit in as little as 1/40 of a second if it detects any earthing fault. A GFCI measures the outgoing (hotwire) and incoming (neutral wire) current and calculates the difference between them. If the difference exceeds a safe value, the circuit is shut off.
It is a safety device that shuts off the circuit when someone gets an electric shock. A local electrician can identify which parts of the house require an electrical revamp and you have the job completed safely. Rewiring is a prudent way to spend your money. It is an investment that has unlimited returns. One would go as far as required to protect their loved ones from electrical hazards. Thank you for reading this blog post. If you have any questions or wish to contact us, visit our contact page or call us on 01604 217 817.