• Rewires

    Electric and Plumbing Solutions take electricity very seriously. Cables run inside the walls. Fuse boxes can be hidden away. It’s easy to forget your electrical system needs checking at least every ten years.
    Cables, switches, socket outlets and other accessories deteriorate with use and misuse, and require regular checks.

    Do I need a rewire?

    If your home built before 1980 or earlier you probably need one. Electrical technology has changed a lot in the past decades, as have electrical regulations.

    A huge number of UK homes still have old electrical wiring.

    It’s unsafe it could be a fire hazard and may mean higher electricity bills too. And if you’re thinking about selling it could affect the value of your home or office and will be flagged in the building survey.

    If you can see any wiring or fixtures listed in this section your electrics haven’t been changed for years. You need to act NOW.

    Black rubber cables: black cables going into your consumer unit were phased out in the 60s. They’re insulated with rubber (which rots) and could cause regular trips and lots of inconvenience for you. Swap them for modern and safe, grey or white PVC insulation today.

    Lead or fabric-coated cables are museum pieces and should be changed. 

    Other ancient electrical accessories include:

    • Fuse boxes with a wooden back
    • Cast iron switches
    • Haphazard mix of circuit boxes
    • Round pin sockets or round light switches
    • Braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings
    • Black switches
    • Sockets mounted in skirting boards
    • Wall-mounted light switches in bathrooms

    If you have any of these ‘vintage electrics’ they’re decades old. Get in touch with EPS who will give you a free quote.

    Here’s a more general checklist which works even for older electrical systems. If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may need a rewire. Here’s your starter for 10…

    • A consumer unit with replaceable fuse wires?
    • An old fuse board? (If you have one like this, your wiring could be dangerous and doesn’t meet current regulations).
    • Sockets or plugs that heat up fast or have burn marks?
    • Fuses that regularly trip?
    • Plug adapters or extensions?
    • Old, twisted flex on your lights?
    • Rubber-coated flexing?
    • Earth cables in your lighting and are they connected?
    • Earth cables on your gas meter and water stop tap?
    • Old TRS Wiring This cabling is very dangerous as it has no earth Check for TRS cabling in your loft or ask EPS to check it for you.
    • Old Switchgear is a dead giveaway that the electrical installation may be in need of a rewire.
      If you’ve got any of these electrical items or issues in your home or office let us know asap.

    Need a rewire? You can do no better than Electric and Plumbing Solutions as they are SJIB approved electricians