Electricity is something we take for granted in our homes. The complex wiring process that allows us to take advantage of the incredible amount of electrical devices and appliances in our homes doesn’t just happen by itself. The wiring is also not going to last forever. Particularly if you’re living in an older house, you might want to think about having the wiring checked, just to be sure that everything is in solid working order.
A rewire job can be an ideal home improvement task to add some value to your home and keep you and your loved ones safe. But just how often do you need to rewire a house?
How long can your wiring last?
This question will depend on a number of different factors, and there’s not one specific answer that can apply to every case. The age of your home is obviously the first factor to determine, and generally, if it’s over 25 years old you should think about having an electrical inspection.
Although the wiring should last around 50-70 years, the insulation will start to degrade much sooner than this. For example, if your house was built back in the 1950s, the protective insulation on the wiring may have started breaking down.
The way in which the wiring itself was installed is another important factor as this could result in a much shorter lifespan for your home wiring. An inexperienced electrician may have placed these wires in ideal conditions, which again will affect the insulation of the wires.
With the protective insulation breaking down over time, your home could be filled with exposed electrical wires which poses a large safety threat for you and your loved ones. As well as electrical shocks, the exposed wiring can also create electrical fires which can result in devastating damage to your home.
Signs that your house may need rewiring
Here are some of the telltale signs that may indicate that your house is in need of rewiring:
- Sparking Outlets
This results from a large build-up of heat within the outlet, which when exposed can cause electrical fires.
- Circuit Breakers Tripping
A tripped circuit breaker is usually a sign that it’s doing its job properly, but if you notice it happening all the time it’s time to call in a professional.
- Flickering Lights
People associate flickering lights with the bulb itself, however, this fluctuation is usually because of faulty circuits or loose wiring.
- A Smell of Burning
If you notice a burning smell around your home, it may be a sign that there’s an electrical short near the switches.
- Blowing Fuses
Older homes aren’t designed to take on the full electrical capacity required from the number of electrical appliances we have in our homes today.
- Electrical Shock
If you’ve received a little electrical shock or jolt when you touch a cord, make sure to get in contact with a licensed electrical contractor in Perth to conduct a safety inspection.
Why you should rewire your home
Having a residential electrician in Perth rewire your home can give you the peace of mind that your house is wired in a safe and modern way that can last you for many years to come. Avoiding an electrical fire and keeping your home safe should be a top priority for having your home rewired, as sometimes older homes just aren’t up to the task of matching our modern electrical needs.
At the time of the rewire, it’s probably quite likely that you’ll need a number of other upgrades as well, such as new powerpoints and socket replacements. These again help to add value to your home and ensure your house is safe and capable of keeping up with the electrical demand.
Ready for an upgrade?
Although there are a few warning signs to look out for, it can be tough to analyse whether or not you need your home to be rewired. If the house you’re living in is over 25 years old, we recommend having the electrician Perth at Scott Comms come to conduct a thorough inspection of your home.
Some of our wiring services at Scott Comms include replacement of fuses, outlets and circuit breakers, and switchboard upgrades. We’ll take you through the cost of rewiring and ensure that you’re getting an affordable and professional service for your needs. If you’re wanting to keep your family safe and upgrade some old wiring, give our friendly team a call today on (08) 6107 4553, or send us a message with your electrical issues.