Does Your House Need Rewiring ?

A house rewire is a major job, but if the wiring in your house is old or inadequate, a house rewire would be an urgent safety matter. There are many way's to take on house rewiring, the first is to determine how far you will need to budget and the extent of your rewiring project will be.

A good place to start is to check the color of the cables under your house or in the roof, you will need to take  caution! because of the possible dangers associated with old wiring I would suggest to contact us for a house inspection - alternatively if you feel you need to have a look yourself please turn off the power at your switchboard.

If you see metal conduit installed and no cabling then stop there and remove yourself from the situation, metal conduit wiring installations are just to dangerous to come in contact with. You will seriously need to consider having this removed and rewire your property. Energy Safe Victoria also agrees with the dangers involved with old conduit wiring and need to be updated as soon as possible. PDF file for more info here.

If you find black colored cables entering the consumer unit, this is an immediate sign that the wiring needs replacing, it has been installed in the 50s and inadequate for today's use. Modern electrical cables are manufactured in white thermo plastic sheathing and are insulated by a coating of TPS, this cabling also has red for (live), black (neutral) and most importantly green/yellow for earthing. - the old black cables were insulated with rubber, which perishes and decays with age. You will also find there will be no earth present with this type of PVR cabling.

There are also older versions of white plastic sheathing that will need to be replaced, this cabling has been installed in the 60s and 70s and also has no earthing and may need to be replaced when upgrading your light fitting and appliances, the reason is that most light fitting need to be earth for safety. You will need to contact an electrician to determine the condition of the cabling system.

Black, rubber coated wires could be up to 40 years old, and over time deterioration allows the conductors inside the cable to meet. This will cause constant blown fuse's and safety switch tripping, and if you replace the fuse it will simply blow again. The only solution is to replace the wiring.

Other things to look out for include:
  • Metal conduit running to the sockets or lights
  • Round pin plugs
  • An inadequate fuse box
  • Black outer rubber cable
  • Lights dimming at night
Modern houses place a much higher demand on the electrical system than in years past, so if you have antiquated wiring it is an accident waiting to happen.

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Even if the safety issues aren't enough to convince you, you may have to get your electrics updated before you sell your house - a basic inspection will reveal inadequate or defective electrics, and no insurance company will insure your house that could burn down in the near future! Potential home buyers may bargain you down in price to cover the costs of an electrical upgrade.

So the age old question "should you invest in rewiring your home" if not for safety, rewiring you house will future proof you property and will be easer to sell when the time comes. We are asked to inspect many pre purchase homes foe potential buyers not willing to take the risk of over spending their budget and having to find additional funds when house wiring become an issue.

If you have concerns that your electrical system is either inadequate of too old, it is essential to get a qualified electrician to look at it. This is not a job for an optimistic amateur or DIY consumer, a professional electrical contractor should be hired to properly inspect and price works for you.

With the government Wiring regulations in place, it is illegal to do any electrical work yourself. These include:
  • Replace existing accessories such as socket outlets, light switches and ceiling fans or even repair individual damaged cable

  • Another myth consumer may have heard, is to install cable for the electrician to save costs then have the electrician power up the electrical circuits when ready. It is illegal to do so, contacting Energy safe Victoria will confirm this if you decide to have a tackle to them about it.

Rewiring your house would have to be done by a trained, qualified electrician, who would then issue a certificate to the householder, and notify Building Control - they record the work and issue a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.

Rewiring Specialist

Rewire House Powered By - United Electrical Services P/L
Registered - With Energy Safe Victoria REC 13464
ABN - 40 082 220 540
Phone - 03 8361 5889