Are your electrics safe?
If your property was built more than 25 years ago, it’s time to check your electrical system. Unless your system has been upgraded within the last 15 years, its very likely your installation may require upgrading. I offer a free visual inspection on all local installations or take advantage of a free visual check by myself. Take a picture of your fuse box, a socket outlet and a light switch using your smartphone device. Send it to me on 07917693737, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Rewire Your Home?
Rewiring involves disruption to your home and requires decoration afterwards. If you have a house / flat that needs decoration, now is the time to check your electrics. It is recommended that rewiring is done every 25 years, however not all properties require a full rewire.
The risks of faulty electrics are well documented. Faulty Electrics are responsible for 12500 fires and 2000 electrical shock accidents in UK homes each year. With the introduction of residual current devices, the risk of fire and fatal shock is massively reduced, providing your system is installed to BS7671.
What is an RCD ?
An RCD, or residual current device, is a life saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock, should you touch something live. RCDs offer a level of protection that ordinary fuses and circuit breakers cannot provide.
What does an RCD do?
An RCD is a sensitive safety device that switches off electricity automatically if there is a fault. Its designed to protect against the risks of electrocution and fire cause by earth faults. An RCD constantly monitors the electrical current flowing though the circuits it is used to protect. It detects electricity flowing down an unintended path, such as through a person who has come into contact with a live cable. The RCD will switch the circuit off almost instantly, significantly reducing the risk of death or serious injury.
Its estimated half of UK homes do not have RCD protection! Please call me today for a free visual check, it could be as simple as adding an RCD to your system at minimal cost, and massively increasing your safety.
Signs Your Electrical Installation is Outdated.
Faulty and aging wiring is one of the major causes of electrical fires in the home. You can avoid these by having regular checks carried out on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. There are clear signs that can help you tell the age of electrical installations in your home. These are:
- Skirting mounted socket outlets
- Toggle type light switches
- Fuses blowing regularly
- Cable with sheathing other than PVC
- Lamps blowing regularly
- Minimal socket outlets in rooms, usually one or two single sockets indicates an old install.
- Signs of overheating at outlets or general damage to outlets.
- Rewireable fuses.
- Wooden backed switches or fuse boards.
- Lack of earth cable at switches and sockets.
- Cables coated in black rubber (phased out in the 1960s)
- Cables coated in lead or fabric (before the 1960s)
- A fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard mixture of fuse boxes (before the 1960s);
- Older round pin sockets and round light switches
- Braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown and black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards (before the 1960s)
Do you have any of the above? Please contact me for a free visual check to confirm safety of your electrics. Info@budselectrical.co.uk or call / text 07917693737.