When to rewire your home

When is Rewiring Necessary?

Edinburgh is full of beautiful period homes with stunning original features. One of the less desirable features of many of these older properties is antiquated and dangerous electrical wiring.

Generally speaking the cabling in your home is designed to have a service life of around 30 years – any older and it is advisable at the very least to have an inspection, or EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) carried out by a qualified electrician. Signs which may indicate that your wiring is in need of an upgrade are:

  • Sockets mounted very close to the floor, usually in skirtings
  • A general lack of sockets
  • An older style fuseboard
  • Broken or damage accessories (switches and sockets etc)
  • Fuses which regularly trip
  • Switches which sit proud of the wall
  • Ceiling Lights which are close to windows rather than the centre of the room in bedrooms

Rewiring involves removing the existing wiring system so far as is reasonably practicable and replacing it with new – it is almost always impossible to carry this procedure out without damage to the walls and ceilings of the property. With this in mind there will be decorative works to complete following the re-wiring project. The most convenient time to carry out a rewire is when the property is empty – for example a property which you have recently purchased and have yet to move into.

Rewiring your home can be a messy business, it is a big job which requires effort and expense; however the final result will be that you can rest assured in the knowledge that your  home electrical system is safe for decades to come. At Lumen Electrical we are very experienced in rewires and have specialist tools and an established procedure to make the process as mess and headache free as possible for you. We work with plasterers and cleaners to make sure your property is in a fit state for you to redecorate upon completion of our works.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote or call us direct on 0131 661 1181.

Lumen Electrical are Fully qualified NICEIC approved Edinburgh electrician located in Edinburgh.

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