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Why it’s important to contact an electrician to review your electrical wiring

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Whether you’ve bought an old house with old or dodgy electrical wiring or are renovating, you’ll probably need the property rewired – find out more here.

Rewiring a house is probably something most of us forget about. Because the wiring is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ it’s not usually thought of as a priority when renovating. It’s very important that the wiring is up to standard to prevent the possibility of fire hazards and electrical shock. Speaking from experience, we have found DIY Electrical work in older style homes that is nothing short of dangerous.

The vast majority of older houses have an out dated style of fabric sheathed wiring encased in a black steel conduit. This cabling when left alone can pose no immediate threat but when worked on, moved or disturbed it can not only be dangerous but can cause nuisance blowing of fuses. Time taken to find the fault and repair can be costly. It is now practice to replace the old wiring with new plastic sheath cabling in accordance with Australian Standards. These old wiring systems sometimes don’t have an Earthing System. The earthing system is vital in circuit protection.

The majority of older houses have only one circuit for all power outlets and one circuit for powering lights. This means that all of the plug in appliances in your home are powered from one circuit. This is why most houses have the problem of blowing fuses or tripping of electrical items. For example, heard of people saying that you can’t have the heater and the toaster going at the same time? This is why a rewire is important. A rewire of the power circuits will all but eliminate this issue by splitting the outlets in your home over multiple circuits. This is also the case with the light circuit. With the implement of down lights and bathroom heating like IXL Tastics, the lighting cabling and circuit protection may not be rated highly enough to handle the increase load.

Upgrading your Main Switchboard is also important. Circuit Protection is not only paramount for the safety of your home, but also the safety of your family. Circuit Breakers and Residual Current Devices (RCD’s), or Safety Switches as they’re more commonly known, provide protection for all of the wiring in your home. Circuit Breakers have the advantage over older style fuses in that a circuit breaker trips due to a faulty appliance, the circuit breakers and safety switches can be reset rather than the hassle of rewiring a fuse. Safety Switches are essential on power circuits as they will trip in an instance of detecting a fault. Air Conditioners, Hot Water systems, Stoves and Cooktops also have to have protection by way of a Circuit Breaker.

It is now a requirement by law that all newly built houses have a Smoke Detector installed. These Smoke Detectors have to be hard wired to the lighting circuit with a battery backup. These are possibly the most important device you can have in your home and can be installed as part of the rewire. These run off your home lighting circuit and have the advantage that in the event of a blackout, the battery keeps the smoke detector operational.

Generally a rewire involves replacement of wiring, replacement of switches and power points, upgrading of main switchboard components and investigate the existing earthing system. We can also add power points if needed and upgrade lighting with energy efficient lights whilst onsite.

Call now for a free, no obligation quote for a rewire and peace of mind in knowing that your property, possessions and loved ones are protected in a Electrically safe environment.

Scott Davies – SCD Electrical Services

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February 23, 2014 |

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