Do I need to rewire my house?

This is a question that is difficult for homeowners to answer, since many of us are simply unaware of the electrical wiring system in our house!

Dimming or Flickering

Flickering or dimming lights is one of the most obvious signs that there’s something not quite right in your home’s wiring system.

What might seem an annoyance can actually be an obvious sign of a larger problem deep within your home’s electrical system.

Of course, if the issue is isolated, it might simply be the light bulb. The best and simplest way to check it to replace the globe, and see if the issue persists. If it does, you now know the problem goes beyond the bulb; this is the sign you need to call your local electrician to inspect your wiring.

The spike or decrease in power is usually a sign of loose wiring or faulty circuits.

Burning lightbulb
or socket

Many bulbs cannot withstand fluctuations in voltage and eventually, they will burn out. If you’re finding that bulbs are burning out faster than normal, you might have an issue with old or faulty wiring delivering voltage that is too high.

You can also experience this surge of power when using power sockets. If you’ve experienced a damaged appliance, it may have been exposed to voltage that is simply too high for the appliance to handle.

Fluctuations in voltage may mean common appliances such as toasters, kettles, hair dryers, and hair straighteners can be damaged when they unexpectedly receive an influx of power.

Also look out for charring or burning on your actual sockets – this is another tell-tale sign that too much voltage is being sent to your power outlets.

Prokop Electrical can also install surge protectors to your existing electrical system which can protect your equipment from further damage from electrical surges.

Fuses blowing

Our modern lifestyles demand a lot more power and functionality from our wiring systems. From computers and smartphones to gaming consoles, televisions, washers, and dryers, we sure are an energy-hungry generation!

Older wiring systems and fuse boxes struggle to withstand the stresses and loads that modern appliances place upon them.

You might need to rewire your circuit to upgrade your circuit box if your fuse blows frequently.

You live in an
old house

Replacing electrical wiring in old houses is something to consider if your home is more than 40 years old and has its original wiring. Messy electrical wiring can also be tidied up to ensure a safe, effective, and efficient system that can keep up with your home and your family’s electrical demands.

Your home has suffered water damage

If your home has suffered water damage, your wiring system may become not only dysfunctional, but downright dangerous, too.

Stagnant water can damage your home in many ways, including weakening the structural foundations, attracting insects like mosquitoes, and creating a dangerous wiring system that poses an electrocution risk. Water damage can also lead to mould on electrical wires.

If you need to replace electrical wiring after a flood or other water damage, speak to Prokop immediately!

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Electrical rewiring benefits

The latest electrical safety standards are met by new wiring. It’s simple: rewired houses are safer!

It is important to ensure that your wiring is in good condition to keep your home, devices, appliances,and family safe for the long run.

These are some of the benefits of good electrical wiring:

  • Protect your appliances against power outages and surges by installing new wiring
  • Prolong the life of your appliances and help to reduce the need for repairs
  • You can customise your home to meet your specific needs
  • Your wiring upgrade can be a great way to add new sockets or improve lighting Increase in your home value.
  • High-quality, compliant wiring is an indication that your home is safe to live in, which is always a consideration for buyers.

As you can imagine, rewiring prices can be affected by a variety of factors.

Your home’s size
Rewiring a home, no matter it’s size, is a large job that our electricians undertake. As you would expect, rewiring a larger house will take more time and as such can cost more.

It can also mean more complicated wiring systems and set-ups that need to cover a wider area.

Age of the property
Older properties are more likely to have unsafe wiring, and as such may require more comprehensive rewiring services.

Installation and replacement can also pose challenges, for example, asbestos contamination during a rewire could pose a problem.

Materials required
Rewiring a home doesn’t just involve wires. It may also involve new power sockets, switchboard, light switches, dimmer switches, and other components.

These additional materials (as well as the labour) can affect the cost.

Rewiring your home is a big electrical job and a total rewire involves the following are the steps:

  1. Installation of a new switchboard and meter box along with the appropriate cabling.
  2. All cabling to be replaced
  3. Installing switches and sockets
  4. Any new switches or sockets to be installed. If required, installing automated technology or other high-tech electrical installations
  5. Rewiring lighting fixtures