Unfortunately there will always be an unscrupulous trade’s person ready to suggest a rewire to unsuspecting customers. My advice is to not just take one persons word for it, always get another opinion, and then if the work is required obtain at least 3 quotes and ensure that your chosen electrician is registered. Price is not and should not always be the deciding factor, but by obtaining 3 quotes you will get a feel for what right.
The good news is that re-wires are often not necessary. Many of my clients worry that because their wiring is old that it’s not safe. Just because your wiring is old does not mean it is unsafe. Many factors are taken into consideration when an electrician decides whether a house needs to be re-wired. Some of the main points we look for is the materials used in your electrical installation, the general wear and tear and the use of your property. A main problem I face often is electrical installations that have been ‘repaired’ by someone who is not a qualified, registered electrician. A problem has occurred and by the time I am called to assist, there has been extensive damage caused to a circuit which will then be more costly to repair.
I always advise against using unqualified people to carry out electrical work in your home no matter how good their intentions seem. Electricity can kill and incorrect work leaves you and your family at risk of fire, injury or even death. Putting these important matters aside, the work carried out will be neither guaranteed nor certified. Not having a certificate for electrical work you’ve had carried out on your property can cause problems if you sell your home or in the event of an insurance claim. There is no comeback on work that is not guaranteed and will leave you with an added expense of calling a qualified electrician to rectify the work should something go wrong.
Other signs to look for in your home which would indicate all is not well with your wiring is burn marks on plugs and sockets, sounds of buzzing or crackling, fuses blowing or circuit breakers tripping. These are all signs which tell you to consult a qualified electrician as soon as possible.
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