The cabling in properties has changed significantly over the years, including the fuse box/consumer units that they are attached to. Essentially, many houses wired before 1984 didn’t have an earth cable and some used aluminium wire instead of copper.
This is 55 times more likely to cause a fire!
Aluminium wire is 55 times more likely to cause a fire than houses wired with copper, due to aluminium running hotter than copper wire.
Without an earth connection (the third wire in a cable), you are susceptible to electrical shocks if there is an overload of power going into your electrical equipment. The job of an earth wire is to drain any access electricity so you can’t get electrocuted.
Does your home have a birthday?
Establishing if your house needs rewiring depends on the age of the house and the last time the house was wired.
Sometimes, looking at your fuse box or consumer unit, you may find a sticker shows the date it was installed. However, this could be misleading as it might only display the date the fuse box or consumer unit was installed and not when the property was last rewired.
looking around your home at plug sockets, any visible wiring and your existing fuse box – providing this can all be done safely,
if in doubt, stop and call MEC Electrical If the fuse box is mounted on wood, its likely to date back to the 1960’s and more than likely need updating.
If any wiring looks old and frayed or signs of over-heating it needs changing. If any socket outlets are cracked, worn or feel hot when in use, they should be replaced.
The best thing to do is have a Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out on your property.
If its established your house needs a full or partial rewire you can rest assured it will be carried out by highly experienced Electricians and any
remedial works is carried out by a professional plasterer.
Rewiring is a messy and dusty job but at MEC we pride ourselves on keeping tidy with brushing and hoovering everyday to keep the job safe
and clean. Please give us a call for your free no obligation quote and be assured of a first class job
All works are fully insured. guaranteed and include NICEIC certification