When and why you should do rewiring in your house

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When and why you should do rewiring in your house 

Rewiring a house or a workspace requires major expenses and time as faulty wiring could result in life-threatening accidents.  In such cases, it is important to know when and why to rewire. The smart choice is always to consult an electrician and get his professional opinion on whether you should do the rewiring or not.  Old and worn-out wiring could result in a blown fuse or could spark a fire. It could also melt your electrical cord. All these dangers make it evident that proper knowledge of when and why to rewire your house is necessary.

Warning Signs

Just like our body displays symptoms when we fall sick, an electrical system exhibits certain signs if there are potential problems. These signs include:

1. Frequently blown fuse

2.Dimming or flickering of light.

3.Hot and discoloured switches, electrical cords or plugs.

4.Burning smell and sizzling sound

5 Spark from an outlet when you plug/unplug an electrical appliance.

6.Broken insulation and electrical shocks when you touch a cord.

If you notice any of these warning signs, consult an electrician immediately. Also, if you are moving into a new home that is more than 30 years old or if you’re installing a new appliance/heavy machinery, it would be a smart move to have the wiring inspected by an electrician. It is important to conduct regular inspections in old houses because modern houses have better wiring as compared to older ones.

Things to keep in mind

1. Rewiring can cause major disturbance and disruption, thus it is best to vacate the rooms when it is being done. If you’re getting a new house rewired the processes should precede plastering. Besides rewiring for lighting and power it is also important that there is an ample number of sockets at the right distance as per your needs.

2. Do your research and make an electrical inventory. Look into the electrical plan and blueprints of your house, figure out how much electrical load it can take. Make an inventory of all the electrical appliances and their electrical output. This will give you an idea of how much energy the house can take and how you have to rewire.

3. Do not think of rewiring as a hassle and an expensive affair. Proper rewiring and maintenance of electrical systems can prevent life-threatening accidents. Rewiring is an investment for a more secure and safe life for your family and your house.

4. Before installing and running any modern appliances, read its conditions and electrical requirements. Use the user’s guide to figure out the electrical input/output of the appliance, the kind of electrical cord being used, the kind of socket required, etc. Do not use appliances like an air-conditioner or a refrigerator without a stabilizer if your house experiences frequent voltage fluctuations.

5. Only use authentic electrical cords for your appliances and replace it if it is worn out. Electrical cords connect the appliance to the mains supply and if they are faulty they could result in sparking a fire, short-circuiting or overloading the appliance. If the insulation on the electrical cord breaks, it could also give electrical shocks that can prove fatal.

6. Wet areas of the house like bathrooms, kitchen and swimming pool have the greatest risk of electrocution. Wiring in these areas requires special care. While rewiring in bathrooms, it should be kept in mind that shaver sockets are away from the shower and the splash zone.

7. Check new homes for the kind of wire used, the quality of sockets and fuses. It is always a smart choice to replace aluminium wiring with copper. The quality of electrical cords used should also be kept in mind because a faulty electrical cord won’t be able to handle the electrical output.

8. It is always a smart choice to contact a certified electrician for your electrical inspection. Do not try to rewire your house by yourself. Wait for the professionals to do the work.

Rewiring your house: Ensuring safety

Regular inspections and rewiring if necessary will ensure the safety of you and your family from any electrical accidents. It will also prolong the life of your electrical appliances and prevent any damage to the electrical system of the house, thus ensuring the structural safety of the property. Mere rewiring is not sufficient, it is also important that you keep the quality of fuses, sockets and electrical cords up to date. Rewiring is an investment you should make without a second thought.

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