The prospect of rewiring a property may seem incredibly daunting for many at first, but when it comes to safety, ensuring that electricals are working properly is hugely important.
Obviously, the most important thing when it comes to examining your electrics is to stay safe. If for any reason, you feel uncomfortable in examining any area of your property’s wiring, it is important to bring in a professional.
BD has a highly talented team of electrical contractors in Liverpool and can offer you expert advice on what your property needs.
Then again, you don’t need to be an electrician to be able to spot some of the tell-tale signs that your property is in need of rewiring.
Check Your Plugs
One of the first things you can look at is how many plugs are servicing each room. If there are no more than two within a particularly large room, there is a chance that it could be in the older style of wiring.
Similarly, if you’ve ever touched a socket and it’s felt hot, it could also be a sign that there’s overheating happening somewhere.
Heat, just like sparks, strange smells and flashing lights are never a normal sight for any plug, so if you notice any of these signs, then it’s a good idea to seek out help.
Check Your Fuse Box
Another good indicator is the property’s fuse box, as those built before 1984 didn’t have an earth cable and some used aluminium instead of copper, meaning it is just over 50 times more likely to cause a fire.
Additionally, those without an earth cable increase the risk of electric shock during an overload of power.
Have a good look at the fuse box on your property and see if you can establish its age. You may find a sticker detailing the year, although this can be misleading as it could instead be displaying the installation date.
Check the State
Finally, the general condition of the light switches and plug sockets is also a good indicator of what state your wiring is in.
Look at any damage or any exposed wires, and if you see any live wires exposed then be sure to call an expert immediately.
If you require any further advice, then please do not hesitate to contact us.