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.