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What is a re-wire and how do you know you need one?

One of the most common problems we encounter is old and faulty wiring in homes and commercial buildings. This is why it’s important to know the signs that indicate the need for a rewire. A rewire involves replacing the existing electrical wiring in a building with new, modern wiring that meets current safety standards and code.

Here are some of the signs that you may need a rewire:

  1. Age of the Wiring: If the wiring in your building is more than 20 years old, it’s possibly time for a rewire. Old wiring is more likely to be worn out, frayed, and unable to handle the demands of modern appliances. You may also see a green goo coming from rubber coated cables.
  2. Flickering Lights: Flickering lights may indicate a problem with the electrical wiring. This could be a sign of faulty wiring, loose connections, or even overloaded circuits.
  3. Electrical Shocks: If you’re experiencing electrical shocks when you touch appliances or switches, it’s a clear sign of faulty wiring. This could be due to frayed or exposed wires that are touching metal surfaces.
  4. Burning Smell: A burning smell coming from outlets or appliances is a sign of overheating wiring. This is a serious safety hazard and should be addressed immediately.
  5. Buzzing Sounds: Buzzing or crackling sounds coming from outlets or appliances can indicate a wiring problem. This could be due to faulty wiring or an overloaded circuit.
  6. Tripping Circuit Breakers: If your circuit breakers trip frequently, it could be a sign of overloaded circuits or faulty wiring.
  7. Outdated Outlets: If your outlets are outdated or with broken covers, it’s a good indication that your wiring is outdated and in need of replacement.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, then it is time for an electrician to assess your wiring and determine if a rewire is necessary. Remember, outdated or faulty wiring can be a serious safety hazard and should be addressed immediately. A rewire can give you peace of mind knowing that your electrical system is safe and up to code.

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