This is a good question to ask if you’ve just moved into a new house or are looking to buy one. The city of Swansea has a lot of older buildings, and many of them need to be rewired. It’s a good idea to have a local electrician look over the property to see if you need to rewire a house in Swansea. This is mainly for advice because most of us don’t have any experience with electricity.
Signs you need to rewire a house
What are the telltale signs that your home needs a rewire? Well, we can tell you from experience as electricians that there are some cases where a rewire should have been considered by the property owner a long time ago. So if you see any of the following signs, it may be time to rewire your home.
If your lights continue to flicker or dim even after you have changed the bulb then this could mean you need a rewire.
The appliance is more than a decade old. A Residual Current Device (RCD) may not be present. You need to have one because this is a safety mechanism which monitors the electricity flowing through the circuits.
Asbestos flash guards
If your consumer unit has asbestos flash guards then you will probably need a rewire. This is because they are never found on newer models because of the risk associated with breathing in asbestos fibres.
Sockets on skirting
Should your sockets be located on skirting boards this is a sign that they are old. The reason for this is that new houses don’t put them on skirting boards anymore which means that your wires are likely old.
Sockets that do not respond to being turned on or off.
Unsafe and old wiring
Out-of-date cables that have not been properly earthed could be a major risk. If this is the case then you need to rewire a house in Swansea.
Tripping circuit breakers
If your circuit breakers frequently trip when you turn something on or plug something in then it’s likely a wire problem.
Do I have to be concerned?
Yes, if any of these points are present in your home you do need to be concerned. As the consumer unit may not have an RCD, fire or another injury from the wiring is likely. Also, it’s dangerous to humans if the fibres of asbestos flash guards are disturbed. Plus, in comparison to 20 or 30 years ago, most homes now have many more devices that need to be charged (phones, laptops, gaming consoles). So this necessitates an upgrade to the electrical rewiring.
Can I rewire a house in Swansea myself?
Rewiring an electrical system is not a DIY project. To become an electrician, you must go through an extensive apprenticeship programme and be certified by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC). EICR (Electric Installation Condition Report) will be provided following the rewiring to ensure that it has been done to industry standards. In addition, the Platinum Promise of NICEIC covers customers of NICEIC electricians. So if an NICEIC-registered contractor fails to meet building regulations or installation standards, you will be covered by the Platinum Promise.
How long and how much does it cost to rewire a house?
An electrical rewire can take anywhere from one to three weeks to complete, depending on the size of the house. It can cost anywhere from £3000 to £5000 in Swansea. The rewiring can be done at the same time as any additional work, such as extra sockets or LED lighting, to minimise disruption.
Contact us if you need an electrician in Swansea and suspect that your home requires rewiring. We’re NICEIC-certified electricians with years of experience. Many properties in Swansea have been rewired by our company, which is well-established in the city.