Every homeowner has a responsibility to be conscious of the electrical system within their house and ensure that it is safe and showing no signs of anything unusual. Electrics can pose a risk of danger if they are faulty or not in a safe condition. One of the major risks and consequences of faulty electrics, is fire. Not only could this cause severe damage to your home, but it is also life-threatening to everybody that lives there.
A solution to faulty electrics, is getting your house rewired. This removes any faults, risks and dangers, and ensures that your electrical system is in a safe condition and in line with safety regulations so as not to cause any sort of threat to you and your house. Furthermore, having a complete rewiring will also add value to your home, so it is ensuring safety whilst providing you with other benefits and reliability.
As rewirings are essential to keep your home safe from electrical faults, we thought we would tell you about a few different signs that may indicate that your house needs to be rewired…
One way of noticing that something isn’t right with your electrics, is if the fuse blows. Of course, this can happen from time to time, but if you notice that it’s happening often, or happens more than once in a short space of time, we would highly recommend getting in touch with an electrician to investigate and see if there is an underlying problem.
Another indication of electrical faults, is flickering lights. Generally, this will happen to more than one light in the house. If they keep flickering and you think it seems unusual, it could be a sign that there is an electrical fault. Again, we would always advise that you get an electrician to come and assess the situation as soon as you have any suspicion that something isn’t quite right, as not only does this solve the problem straight away, but it lessens the severity of it and minimises risk of danger.
Even if you don’t necessarily notice anything out of the already, it is always a good idea to get an electrical safety inspection. You could do this once a year perhaps, just to stay on top of things and flag up any issues before they become worse. Sometimes if you have an old electrical system that hasn’t been updated in years, it is good to get it checked out so that an electrician can advise you on whether a rewiring is necessary or a more cost effective option for you and your home.
A burning smell
One sign that your house may need rewiring that is a little more urgent, is if you notice a burning smell. A high percentage of house fires are caused by electrical faults, and burning can be a dangerous indication of a fault with the system that needs to be checked out urgently.
Discoloured plug sockets
Another sign of electrical faults that calls for more immediate inspection, is discolouration of and around your plug sockets. Sometimes this is caused by small fires or burning of the wiring behind the socket which leads to the discolouration. This is a more severe fault as it has the potential to lead to a house fire and therefore put you in danger. In this case, we would impose a rewiring to remove this risk completely.
For more information and advice or if you would like us to carry out an electrical safety inspection or rewiring of your house, simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.