Rewiring- What We can do for you!
Faulty electrics can be a serious fire hazard and can lead to injury or electrocution. Therefore, electrics were brought in to the building regulations. Existing wiring installations are not covered, but if you make significant alterations or new additions to the wiring in your home, the regulations come into force. If you are thinking of buying a property over 25 years old, it is important to check that the wiring is up to date before you buy. Ideally, you will get an idea of what work is required and an estimate of the likely cost so that you can take this into account when assessing the feasibility of the project and how much to offer.
Understanding when rewiring is needed in your home!
Homes which have not been touched or rewired for over 20 to 30 years usually require attention. This is not only because the wiring is potentially dangerous but also because older wiring systems can’t cope with the demands of modern living. If the property has not already been rewired within the last 25-30 years, the chances are it will need upgrading at least in part to bring it up to current standards. The wiring may be potentially dangerous and may not be able to cope with the demands of modern living.
If you plan to do any sort major remodelling work that constitutes a material alteration as defined by the Building Regulations, it is likely that you will need to rewire part, if not all, of the property, including upgrading the fuse box. On the other hand, if you are extending your home, or converting an attic or garage, this will constitute new work and therefore all the new wiring will have to conform to Part P: Electrical Safety, and all existing wiring will have to be improved to ensure that it is able to carry the additional loads safely, it is earthed to current requirements and that cross bonding is satisfactory.
Ultimately, where you are extending, or remodelling is the only area that would need wiring. The rest of the existing wiring does not have to be upgraded, unless the upgrading is required by the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations, i.e. central heating controls.
“How much will I be expected to pay?”
Well the answer to this is simple. The UK average cost for rewiring a three-bed semi is £3,500 however, the price will vary depending on where you live. Other variables include the size of the house, how accessible/empty the property is and the complexity and standard of the finish. The cost of rewiring, including first and second fix with standard sockets and switches and excluding light fittings, should be around £1,000-£1,500 for a kitchen extension. You can (very rarely) avoid getting a full house rewire, but; providing the existing cabling is secure and able to carry any additional loads, it also may be possible to upgrade it by adding a modern consumer unit, proper earthing arrangements and cross bonding.
A kitchen rewire may take two days, a three-bed semi probably two days to first fix, then the same again to second fix. A larger property will take much longer.
If rewiring work is required, it should be undertaken at first fix stage (before plastering), at the same time as any central heating and plumbing work. New cabling cannot be surface mounted and so the installation will involve lifting the floor coverings and floorboards and possibly the skirting boards too, routing out channels in the walls and possibly in some ceilings that are inaccessible from above. All this work will cause major disruption and so it is best not to try and live around the work if possible.
It is essential to hire a fully qualified electrician to rewire your house. Electricians in England and Wales are legally obligated to comply with the Part P building regulations.
There are limitations on electrical work in areas where there are high dangers of electrocution. For example; In wet conditioned areas such as a bathroom, the only plugs available to be laced in here are shaver sockets which even then, must be a certain distance away from the shower to avoid any splashes of water that could occur. If you are to use any sort of electrical appliances in wet or damn places (Bar Shaver sockets) like electric showers, light fixtures and ventilated fans, they must have levels of moisture protection on top of mechanical protection. This is known as the Ingress Protection numbers.