All houses should have their electrics checked every 10 years and more frequently if the electrics are very old. If the electrics have been checked before you will see a notice fixed on or near the fuse board that recommends the next inspection date.
what to look for
There are several tell tale signs that indicate an out of date electrical system and whether your home needs re-wiring, they include:
- Cables coated in black rubber, which was phased out in the 1960's
- Cables coated in lead or fabrics even older. Modern cables use PVC insulation, which is usually coloured grey or white
- A fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or haphazard mixture of fuse boards
- Older round pin sockets and round light switches, braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards
- Burning around sockets
Buying or Bought a Property?Many people are unaware that most bank and building society homebuyer reports include only a comment on the electrics of the property often governed by the estimated age of the installation and obvious signs of deterioration. They rarely include a detailed inspection. Faulty electrics can cost thousands of pounds to put right, not to mention the disruption that goes with it, but an Approved NAPIT Eletrician will inspect and test the whole installation to safeguard against hidden dangers and unforseen costs.
With 40% of homes in Britain built before 1945, it is essential to have an electrical survey on older properties before exchanging contracts. This will give homebuyers an idea of any work that is required, and the estimated cost of remedial work, which homebuyers may be able to negotiate off the asking price.
Knowing what work needs doing in advance means it can be rectified before moving in and before any re-decoration work takes place. Look for the tell tale signs that indicate if the electrics need further inspection.We offer a fully qualified service. As a Part P approved domestic installer, you have peace of mind that we are Government authorised to carry out domestic electrical work in the UK and that the work carried out will comply with current wiring regulations, BS7671.
easywiring electrical services offers a Design & Installation service for house developers and private residents and provides advice on all aspects of electrical installation work in the home.All of our work is tested and certified to BS7671 with processes in place to ensure that local building control offices are notified of relevant work. On completion of work, ceritifcates are issued assuring that your home insurer and other interested parties on the safety of the electrical work undertaken. All our work is fully guaranteed.
why use a registered electrician
The UK has a comparatively good record of electrical safety, although around 2.5 million adults aged 18-65 experience an electric shock every year*. Based on electric injuries received in the past five years, this resulted in nearly 1.2 million significant injuries (exclude mild pains and unspecified conditions) and 200,000 hospital admissions annually**.
Although many incidents are caused by faulty appliances rather than the electrical installation itself, a properly installed and well maintained installation could save lives. It is important therefore that electrical installation work is carried out only by persons who are competent. Such persons are those that have the necessary knowledge, skill and experience to enable them to avoid dangers to themselves and others that electricity can create. It's easy to make an electrical circuit work - it's far harder to make the circuit work safely. Safety for you in your home is paramount and therefore the Electrical Safety Council strongly recommends that you use an electrician registered with one of the government-approved schemes to carry out any electrical installation work you need done. Registered electricians will work to the UK national standard, BS 7671, and will issue a safety certificate for their electrical work to confirm that the installation has been designed, constructed, and inspected and tested in accordance with the national electrical safety standard, BS 7671 - equirements for Electrical Installations.
*Conducted by Ipsos MORI using a nationally representative quota sample across Great Britain. The results have been weighted to reflect the known profile of the adult population in Great Britain. Based on a confidence interval of +/- 3.5% and the sample size of 809 the actual number could vary between c1.3 and 4 million adults aged 15+. Electric shock is defined as a mains-voltage electric shock rather than a static shock of the type a person might get from a car, for example.
**1024 adults aged 18-65 in Great Britain who have personally experienced an electric shock that resulted in injury while at home or in the garden in the past five years, including all those who experience one or more of the following injuries: skin burn without scarring, severe pain, bruising from a fall or severe muscular contraction, persistent pain numbness, difficulty in breathing, heart-beat disturbances/irregularities, skin burn with scarring, higher blood pressure, deep tissue burn, broken bone(s), angina, temporary blindness, cardiac arrest.