Rewiring an older home can be complex, messy and disruptive. However rewiring older homes is often more necessary than people think.
Unfortunately a large part of your electrical system is completely hidden, this means most of the time homeowners don’t realise the electrics in their home haven become unsafe until it’s too late and a fault occurs.
How do I know if my home needs rewiring?
With age deterioration is inevitable, even more so for the electrical system within a home. The electrics in our homes are used all day, every day. So if your home is more than 25 years old it’s pretty likely your home will need a rewire. Since most of the electrical system is hidden it can be difficult to tell if your home is due a rewire but there are a few telltale signs to look out for, these include:
- Tripping electrics.
- Flickering lights.
- Hot sockets & switches.
- Green goo.
- Noisy electrics (listen out for popping, crackling or sizzling noises).
- An old fusebox rather than a consumer unit.
What are the risks of not rewiring?
An electrician will not under any circumstances advise a rewire if it is not entirely necessary. The rewire process is disruptive and time consuming yes BUT it’s 100% vital for a safe and efficient home. If you are ever told a rewire is necessary, please do not ignore this. Leaving your home to continue to run on unsafe electrics is dangerous and increases the risk of fires, electric shocks and further complicated faults.
Can I rewire my home myself to cut costs?
A rewire is not the time to cut costs. Rewiring older homes is simply not a DIY task and untrained eyes will more than likely cause more harm than good. No matter how many YouTube videos insist you can rewire a house with no experience; we can assure you hiring a qualified electrician is by far the most cost-effective option.
If you do decide to attempt to rewire your own house, you must obey several laws regarding to electrical safety. Before any work begins you MUST apply for a Buildings Regulation application. This is because rewiring is considered notifiable work. Following approval, you should ideally consult an electrician before and after works, an agreement should also be arranged that they will come back to certify the works once completed. If these methods are not followed correctly, the works could be deemed non complaint with Part P and will negatively impact your ability to sell. Ultimately rewiring your own home will be more stressful, time consuming and will likely end up costing you more.
How long does a rewire take?
A rewire typically takes anywhere from 3 to 10 days. This timeframe is just a guide and can depend on a few factors such as the size of your home, whether it’s a lived in or empty rewire and if you decide to make any additions or alterations.
Making rewires less stressful
With new cabling fitted behind walls and under floorboards, a new consumer unit, fixtures, switches and sockets replaced; a rewire will be dusty, messy and disruptive. However with proper planning and strategic thinking a rewire can be efficient and stress-free; Well it will be if you choose NDM Electrical for your Romsey home rewire! At NDM Electrical we take many steps before rewiring your home to ensure the process runs smoothly. This includes detailed planning, strategic work all while prioritising efficiency. We also ensure our customers feel relaxed in our presence and can contact us at any time. All these steps keep our customers satisfied allowing them to continue with their day to day lives with little disruption.
Rewire electricians in Romsey
NDM Electrical are your local rewire electricians based in Romsey. With our expertise, efficiency and reliability you’ll be instantly relaxed even during the midst of major electrical works like a rewire. Worried about your old electrics? Reach out to NDM Electrical to arrange an initial visit to see if your Romsey home is overdue for a rewire.