Outdated or insufficient wiring is so much more than an inconvenience; it’s a safety hazard to the home. There is a much higher consumption of electricity today than ever has been, meaning that you need wiring that can meet these increasing demands.
Rewiring is a big job—and one that should only be handled by professional electricians—however it can be vital to keeping you and your home safe. But how do you know if it’s time to rewire your home? Be aware of the following signs.
Old age is the biggest issue of most appliances and components in your home. The average age of a home in the UK is about 40 years old. If this is the case for your home, and it still has its original wiring, then chances are it’s outdated and needs an upgrade.
The 21st century has brought us many of technological advancements and electronic devices and appliances. This includes smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, exercise equipment, and so much more. Electrical systems are simply not equipped to handle these new devices, particularly if your home was built in the 80’s or prior. It just puts too much strain on your home wiring.
Do you plan on eventually selling your home or rent it out? If your wiring is outdated, then many buyers. Estate agents and even mortgage lenders may be discouraged. Wiring in older homes often doesn’t meet UK laws, which a rewire can help solve.
Overloading your home electrical outlets—in a best-case scenario—will cause your circuit breakers to trip. It also leads to overheating, fire, or electrical shocks. By investing in a rewire, you can add more outlets and switches, bringing your home up to date.
Other signs that it is time to rewire your house include visibly worn electric cables, sockets, and switches, outlets, electrical shocks from appliances, and cords that get warm from use.