You may think that you electrics are ok.... "its ok never had a problem before".. Please have a look at the below if you can relate to anything within these pictures and infomation,
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Does your fuse board look like this??
If so then you have no R.C.D Protection to any circuits in your property.
An RCD is designed to protect against the risks of electrocution and fire caused by earth faults. For example, if you cut through the cable when mowing the lawn and accidentally touched the exposed live wires or a faulty appliance overheats causing electric current to flow to earth.
Are you sockets and switches old like this?
Maybe you have old wiring behind the socket or switch? maybe the sockets are on top of the skirting or the floor, there is a posibilty that the wiring is old and in need of updating.
These sockets can be very dangerous becuse when taking the front 2 screws off all of the components behind will be exposed......
Do you have any of these in your property if so how regulary do you test it? these are out of date and cannot operate properly within the correct tripping times.....
An Earth-leakage circuit breaker (ELCB) is a safety device used in electrical installations with high Earth impedance to prevent shock. It detects small stray voltages on the metal enclosures of electrical equipment, and interrupts the circuit if a dangerous voltage is detected.
Once widely used, more recent installations instead use residual-current devices (RCDs, RCCBs or RCBOs) which instead detect leakage current directly.
"Green gunge" (also known as green goo, slime or exudate)
The green liquid that may be seen coming out of the ends of older PVC insulated and sheathed cables installed in the 1960's and 70's. ...
The cables should be replaced when insulation tests reveal failure or when cracking of the insulation becomes apparent.
This is a new fuse board installed on a rewire, due to there being no CPC in the old cabling.
As you can see that each circuit is protected by its own R.C.D (RCBO) this is so that no other circuit shall interfier with any other circuit, as stated within BS7671 electrical Regulations.
for example if an appliance was to be faulty in the kitchen it would Only trip off the kitchen RCBO circuit allowing the rest of the house to be fully functional (lights and sockets).
Surge Protection you maybe wondering what this is?
The Surge Protection Device (SPD) is a component of the electrical installation protection system.
SPD is designed to limit transient overvoltages of atmospheric origin and divert current waves to earth, so as to limit the amplitude of this overvoltage to a value that is not hazardous for the electrical installation.
Throughout the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, SPDs are required to comply with BS EN 62305 if there is a risk of a direct lightning strike to a structure or to the overhead lines.
We install these as standard to every Rewire that we complete to protect any equipment within the property.
The purpose of capping,
Cable Capping is not designed to protect against nails, but to protect the cable from the plasterer's trowel on traditional plastered walls and particularly aggressive lime based plasters. Neither the steel version nor the plastic (which I will occasionally use) will protect against nails.
It is also a good idea to install capping (Plastic,metal or oval conduit) just incase the socket or switch is likley to be moved in the future thus making it easy to remove the cable with out damaging any of the plaster or making good.
This is something that we will always try to do but in some cases it might not be possible, this is not a requirement but this is the standards KA Electrcial adhere to.
HOW MUCH DOES REWIRING COST?
The average cost for rewiring a three-bed semi in the UK is £3,500, but this will vary depending on where you live. If the house is bigger, the job is more complex or there are accessibility issues, the price of electrics will rise accordingly.
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN REWIRING?
Unfortunately fitting new cabling and sockets is disruptive to a home’s fabric
It happens in two stages: first fix, when cables and wiring are installed, and second fix when everything is joined up or made 'live', when the front faces of sockets, switches and lights are fitted.
so try to have electrics work carried out at the early stages of renovating or refurbishing, and at the same time as any central heating or plumbing alterations. It’s best if you can move out when the work is taking place, but sometimes this is not possible so we shall disscus a plan of works with you.