6 Signs Your Home Needs Electrical Rewiring
It’s easy to take our electricity for granted – wiring is behind walls and unless something goes horribly wrong, it’s not something we give much thought to. But if we wait until problems arise, they are costly to fix and can be a major safety hazard. If your electrics are old in your Birmingham home, having them rewired can mitigate the risk of electrical accidents and drastically reduce the chance of a fire. In this post, we’ll show you six important signs that your home needs electrical rewiring and soon.
1. Persistent burning smell
Does your home have a persistent burning smell that you can’t seem to get rid of? This is one of the most obvious signs that your wiring may be faulty. As soon as you smell burning without an obvious source, turn your power off at the fuse board and contact us immediately. There may be a live wire burning the structure behind a wall that is causing a significant fire hazard.
2. Discoloured sockets or switches
Are there brown marks or what look like burns on your sockets? Again, this is a sign that the wiring behind the socket is creating arcs of electricity that cause the plates to burn. Even if marks seem insignificant, it only takes one spark to cause a house fire, so this is another sign you need an emergency electrician straight away.
3. Fuses blow repeatedly
If your fuse board randomly blows, you might need rewiring or you might have a faulty appliance causing it to trip. If you can’t identify an appliance causing an issue, give us a call. We’ll be able to identify the problem and let you know if the wiring is the issue.
4. Flickering lights
If you have a single flickering light, it’s probably an issue with the light fixture or bulb. However, if several of your lights in different rooms flicker constantly or go dim, chances are there is a problem with the wiring that needs to be addressed.
5. Electric shocks
If you’ve ever had even a minor electric shock when you’ve touched a socket or appliance in your home, your wiring needs to be checked immediately.
If you haven’t been shocked but can hear a buzzing around an electrical outlet, you are at serious risk of suffering an electric shock and need to call us right away.
6. Hanging sockets
Do you have any sockets hanging off the wall, exposing the wiring? This is extremely dangerous, especially if you have children in your home. It’s also a sign that the socket is wired incorrectly and needs attention.
We’ll let you know if you need rewiring in Birmingham
If you are experiencing any of the issues above and want to know if your home needs rewiring, call us today. We are a reliable, friendly team of electricians in Birmingham that will assess your home and give you our honest opinion on any work that needs to be done. Call us today to arrange a free appointment: 0121 429 1122