House Rewires Barry

A house electrical rewire is when an electrician replaces some, or possibly all of the electrical wiring of a house. An electrical rewire will often constitute not just a rewire, but will also add, remove, or replace electrical items (i.e. electrical sockets, fuse boards, light switches)

Assured Electrical Solutions are very experienced in this type of electrical work. All properties will need to be rewired over time. If you currently own a property, or are looking to buy a property that is more than 25-35 years old, the likelihood is that it will need to have an electrical rewire.

As time goes on the electrical cabling gets worn and will need upgrading in order to avoid a potential fire hazard. An electrical rewire will also bring the property up to current regulations and safety standards, and can save money on bills. Of course, it may be possible that it is unknown when the property was last rewired. Electrical testing of your wiring is something that should be considered, particularly if you are contemplating purchasing a property.

Rewiring Explained

There are two ways to electrically rewire a house, flush or surface installation. Surface installation is the method where the cables are hidden within plastic casing or trunking. This is fixed to the ceilings or walls.

The alternative method is flushing; this is the more permanent method. Cables are flushed into the properties walls by removing the plaster, Then inserting the wiring and then re-plastering after. It all depends on the choices of the occupiers, as it will depend on how much redecorating they will need to carry out after the rewire.

Next it will be time to install the electrical sockets, switches and accessories. Once all the circuits have been installed it is necessary to carry out an electrical test. This is to make sure you newly fitted circuits comply with the current regulations and safety standards.

What Will Need To Be Discussed

We will help you with the location of sockets, and additions/removals of light and any other electrical accessories. It would also be wise to decide if you plan on having an extension over the next few years, as this rewire could last the rest of your time spent in the house. These requests will be taken into account with the fire safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency all taken into account.

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The cost depends on if the wiring will be cut into the walls or surface mounted. Average costs are as follows: for a two-bed flat, the cost is on average between £3,600 – £5,600. The average cost to rewire a 3-bedroom house is in the region of £4,450 – £6,000. Depending on the size and layout of the property, it should take 6-12 days to carry out the rewiring work. Larger properties can take over 2 weeks to rewire.

You can either cut into the walls to hide the wiring. This is if you would like the cables hidden in the wall and all flush mounted. If you would like less mess you can surface mount the cables in trunking and maybe cut them in when you decorate each room etc.

If your house has not had an electrical inspection for 10 years or more as this is the recommended interval. This could mean it needs rewiring or upgrading. You can tell how old the wiring is by looking at how old the electrical accessories are in the property like the style of switches and sockets. some examples that your house needs rewiring are: 

  1. Flickering Lights.
  2. Persistent Burning Smell.
  3. Discoloured Sockets and Switches.
  4. Fuses Board Keeps Tripping.
  5. Sparks and Electric Shocks.
  6. Buzzing and Crackling.

Each property is different and some may not require the electricians to make as much mess, but the majority of electrical rewires require the walls to be cut out, chased and chiselled. This can result in a lot of dust, mess and re-plastering works. There are times when the electrician can save on mess by pulling cables through existing wall conduits.

You can stay in your house while its being rewired, This process can take longer as the electrician will need to get the electricity back on every day. Also there is more furniture in an occupied property which also makes it a longer job. 

Its always best if you can rewire when you move into a house or when you decide to decorate, however its not always possible to use these windows of opportunity.

Remove all you can, such as any carpets or old furniture, because wires will run underneath floors, walls, across ceiling. Electricians will need to lift floorboard and cut into ceilings to get the wires in safely. Walls will need to be cut into in order to install new switches and sockets.

A rewire can be very disruptive. The sound of chiselling and grinding channels in walls for new electric cables is always very noisy.

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