Faulty wiring inside the home is never something that should be taken lightly. It poses a direct and indirect danger to you and everyone inside the home. Unfortunately, everyone can’t be electrical experts. But there are certain things you can look for that can indicate whether the house needs re-wiring. In this article, you will learn more about spotting danger areas, and when it’s time to call in the experts.
Basic House Re-Wiring Rules
– How Old Is The Structure?
The age of the structure plays a critical part in the re-wiring cycle. The general rule is that when a house is forty years or older, a re-wiring job is necessary. If it can’t be proven that the house was re-wired during this time, make it happen.
– Two Prong Sockets
Two prong sockets are outdated and dangerous.
– Perished Wires And Cracks
If you can spot damaged sockets, perished wires and cracks, it’s a definite sign to get the wiring tested at the very least.
Some Common Signs To Look For
Now that you are aware of what experts typically look at first when they walk into a house, there are other signs you can you utilize without having to spend money.
– Count The Sockets
A good place to start would be checking the rooms and count the sockets in each one. If they average between one and two, the styling of the original wire can be old and outdated.
– Hot Sockets
If you can feel a socket getting hot, especially when you use it, it’s a definite sign something is very wrong.
– Flashes And Burning Smells
You can not miss the flash a socket makes, or the burning smell it gives off when used.
– Fuse Box Design
It shouldn’t be too difficult to spot whether the fuse box inside the house is modern and new. However, it doesn’t speak to the rest of the wiring.
– Damaged Boxes And Fitting Conditions
Take a moment to look at the other equipment that is used with wiring a house. Are the fittings in good condition? Does anything look damaged and simply put, very old?
If you come across any of the above-mentioned situations and examples, know that immediate attention is required. Even if your specific problem doesn’t pose an immediate threat, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
And if you are not certified to work with high-voltage electricity, don’t attempt at re-wiring the house yourself.