If you’ve recently moved into a property and are concerned about the state of the wiring, then you might want to think about re-wiring. Faulty wiring is one of the major causes of house fires in Australia today, so you certainly have every right to be concerned. With this in mind, how do you know if your property needs completely re-wiring or not? Let’s take a closer look.
Firstly the age of a property can be a major giveaway as to whether you should seriously consider a complete re-wire. Let’s face it properties that were built 30-40 years ago weren’t constructed to be filled with a multitude of modern-day gadgets such as smart TV’s, laptops, X-boxes. Because of the amount of electrical devices that are constantly being used or need powering up in a modern home, older wiring might not be able to cope with the strains of modern-day use. Therefore if your home hasn’t knowingly been re-wired in that time, then it will probably need updating. If you’re unsure then for total peace-of-mind, why not contact a professional who can tell you for sure.
Insufficient plug sockets
Because of the lack of electrical gadgets that older homes had they wouldn’t have had the amount of plug sockets that we need today. They may for example have had only one or two in the kitchen or living room, whereas nowadays we need a plethora of them. Of course you can always add more plug sockets, but it you’re finding that you need to utilise a multitude of extension leads simply for everyday gadget use, it could be an indicator of older existing wiring that may need replacing.
Other warning signs
There are also plenty of other warning signs that might indicate old wiring and they include
Constant power changes as noticed in dimming lights
Switches that keep tripping when you plug a particular appliance in
Charring signs from around a plug socket
Burning smells from that same plug socket
Hot electrical cables or plugs
As you can see, if you know what to look for it’s relatively easy to tell whether your property needs re-wiring. To maintain the safety in your home, and also to get peace of mind, why not contact Static Electrics. As well as dealing with a wide variety of domestic and commercial installations and problems we also run electrical safety checks, so why not visit our website at www.staticelectrics.com.au or contact us directly on 07 5445 8305 to see how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you.