Your Guide to an Electrical Rewire – Making your home safer with TP Harris Electrical!
If you are moving into a new property which is 25 years or older, or you think that your current wiring may be out of date, a Full or Partial Rewire may be required. Old or faulty wiring is the most common cause of electrical fires in the home so it’s crucial that your wiring is safe and is checked by a registered electrician. A Rewire is a big job and should only be undertaken by a qualified electrician.
Your system should be up-to-date with the latest wiring regulations and having a full rewire will ensure that your property is safe. It will also allow you to update your consumer unit (fuse box) to one containing residual current devices (RCDs) and circuit breakers, and install any additional sockets you may need which can also include USB sockets if you so wish.
So what does a Full Rewire involve?
Firstly, it’s disruptive! It is very likely that all sockets, switches, and fittings including your consumer unit will need to be replaced and of course, new wiring will be needed throughout.
There are two stages to a Full Rewire. The first fix and second fix. All first fix work will take place before plastering work and, usually, at the same time as any central heating and plumbing work. This is to ensure all cabling is hidden so the installation will involve lifting the floor coverings and floorboards and possibly the skirting boards too, chasing out channels in the walls and possibly in some ceilings that are inaccessible from above. As well as installing new cabling, first fix stage may involve fitting new back boxes for all sockets and switches. In addition to rewiring for all power and lighting circuits, it is a good opportunity to rewire for modern central heating controls, alarms, smoke detectors and doorbells, to add outdoor lighting and sockets, and to rewire the telephones and television aerial sockets. It is also worth redesigning the wiring plan for sockets and switches to make sure it meets your needs and those of modern house buyers. Think about specifying two-way or even three-way switching for hallways and landings and other rooms with more than one main access. For a high-value property, consider adding a separate circuit with separate switching for any table and standard lamps in the main living rooms and principal bedrooms. It may also be worth considering adding automated lighting, home network cablings, speaker cabling and other modern technology.
How long will it take?
A full rewire takes around 5-10 days on average although this does depend on the size of the property.