If you’re in a home that was built pre 80s, your house wiring will most likely require some attention.
Not only is the wiring potentially dangerous, but older electrical wiring systems can’t cope with the demands of modern living, causing electrical problems to happen sooner or later.
How do you know if your electrical system requires some tender loving care? Do you have old round lighting switches, rubber or fabric cables, or power points fixed to the skirting boards? Do you have a switchboard with a wooden back and a mixture of fuses? For reference, a modern switchboard will have circuit breakers and residual current devices. If you answered yes to the questions above, these are all signs that your house has an out-of-date wiring system and needs to be rewired.
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Rewiring a House
Rewiring a house is messy work, but when done right, you won’t have to touch it for another thirty years. The key is to call in a professional who can assess the current wiring in your house and optimise the new wiring to fit your needs, as well as any needs you might have in the future. A wiring project is completed in two stages, outlined below.
The Stages of Wiring a House
The prewire stage is when cables or ground wires are installed under floors, through walls and across ceilings. It is best done without carpet or furniture, so that the floorboards can be lifted, and the ceiling cut into. New switches and points need to be repositioned to meet current legal requirements, which could mean that your walls need to be patched. Therefore, it’s important to plan where everything is going in each room before starting the prewire stage to come out with the best possible result.
TIP: Avoid additions or major changes midway through! When house wiring, these spontaneous changes are costly and time-consuming. One way to avoid them is drawing a plan of your home on graph paper and marking out the rooms with the positions of beds, sofas, kitchen units and so on. You can then consider the lighting and placement of switches and power points. Little things like under-cabinet and bedside lighting are easy to do when planned from the start, but costly to undertake later if they’ve been left out of the plans.
The Fit off
During fit off stage of wiring a house, we install light fixtures, fit the front faces of switches and power points, and join everything up or make them ‘live’. As well as thinking about task, mood, and feature lighting, remember the peripheral elements like heating and smoke alarms, garden RCD safety power points and security lights. We can work with you to create a cohesive scheme for your lighting, from the front gate all the way to the lighting on the deck.
TIP: Think about future proofing. Today, we’re a society hooked on technology, and we have to plan for future evolutions in terms of our house wiring. This means considering mood lighting, surround sound, high-speed Wi-Fi in every room, evolved kitchen gadgets and TVs in the bathroom.
Do you want ethernet cable to every room to ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi (or perhaps in just living spaces and bedrooms)? Will you want speakers in each room or a security system? Electrical circuits must be up to the job, so you need to plan to accommodate the load.
Get your house wiring done right with the professionals at Good Electrical. We’re a family-run business with a passion for all electrical work, and we always put the needs of our client first. If you’re planning on rewiring your home, our licensed electricians will work with you to create the best plan for the future, so you can rest assured that the job is done well. Get in touch with us today to organise a rewire cost estimate, or to talk to us about any other electrical services you require.
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