Friday 10 July 2015

House Rewires Leeds

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Do I Need a full house rewire?

A question many house owners, and more often potential house buyers ask themselves is "does this place need a rewire?"

Our Home Electrical Rewires in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York & Harrogate are simply the best affordable and best quality home electrical rewires in the Yorkshire area, why you ask ? here is why.

1. We liaise with you from start to finish where everything is to be situated as to your requirements
2. We protect all your furniture and floors with coverings throughout the home electrical rewire in Leeds
3. Our dedicated team are there throughout the rewire daily ensuring you are left with power and flooring placed back down every night before we leave
4. Our dedicated team are on hand for any changes you make during the home electrical rewire and any extra items you request throughout the home electrical rewire.
5. Our team are professional, polite, friendly and work hard from start to finish to ensure the home electrical rewire is completed to quality standards as quick as possible.
6. You do not pay for the rewire up front like most companies
7. We plaster all the chasing works up to finishing styandards

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Often the answer is not straight forward, as some parts of the installation may be satisfactory, others not so. Some older properties may have had modifications carried out while different (IE older) versions of the Wiring Regulations were in force and are now in need of improvement.

The only way to be sure, is to get an approved electrician to have a look and carry out an EICR Electrical inspection. If you are buying a property, paying for an inspection may be money well spent if you discover the property needs to be re-wired. We offer this service for a fixed fee and conduct home buyers and home sellers electrical surveys for estate agents weekly.

What is involved in a house rewire in Leeds ?

Is the cheapest house rewire quote always the best to go for ?

Many houses in the UK still have old wiring. This is not only unsafe and a potential fire hazard but is also less efficient than modern systems. It can also affect the resale value of your house, as old wiring almost certainly is highlighted as a major problem during a survey.

If you have old wiring in your house, for example fabric or rubber covered flex you should seriously consider having a complete rewire. Here at MPS Electrical Contractors Leeds we can completely redesign your electrical system to include sufficient socket outlets located in the right places to accommodate your needs, a state of the art consumer unit to replace your old fuse box which will contain residual current devices and circuit breakers. Rewiring a house is a major undertaking, we will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Take a look at our 10-point checklist to see if you might need a rewire.

Does your fuse box have replaceable fuse wire?
Do your plugs or sockets get hot or have scorch marks?
Do fuses blow regularly?
Do you have to use extension leads and adapters?
Do you have lights that use the old, twisted type flex?
Do you have rubber covered flex?
Do you have round pin plugs and sockets?
Are your cables missing an earth cable?
Do you use electrical equipment outdoors?
Has your wiring been checked in the last 10 years?

If you have answered yes to any of the above you could require a rewire.

TRS Wiring Tough Rubber Sheath Wiring
TRS Wiring Tough Rubber Sheath Wiring

(TRS) was the forerunner to today's modern PVC cables. It was last used in this country in the early 60's and if your property is older than this, and hasn't been re-wired at some point, there may be TRS wiring present in your house. TRS wiring can be extremely dangerous.

The sheaths (inner & outer) of these cables are made of rubber. The outer is impregnated with an oil, preventing it from drying out, but where the inner sheaths are exposed to air, ie. in junction boxes, consumer units, switches and behind sockets, this inner sheath, over time, dries out and cracks, usually falling off leaving exposed live conductors, as you can see this has happened to the black cable here.

For obvious reasons this can be very dangerous, and any live TRS wiring should be replaced as a matter of urgency with the more modern PVC type.

The two types of cable are very distinctive, and you should be able to spot TRS wiring at a glance. Another reason TRS cabling can be dangerous is that in the lighting cables (as in the picture) there is usually no earth wire. There are 3 conductors present in the PVC cable (Brown, Blue and the bare conductor, which is sleeved green and yellow, then used as an earth or cpc) but only 2 (Red & Black) in the older TRS cable. If there are metal light fittings in the property they cannot be earthed if a 2 core cable is used and this is very dangerous.

A good place to check for TRS cabling is in the loft as access is easy. Of course these cables are also the easiest to replace, so if you don't find any up there, there may still be some lurking somewhere else! It is important to remember that just because there is TRS wiring present, doesn't necessarily mean it's live. If you are in any doubt though, it is very important that you get a qualified electrician to check for you.

So a few golden rules:

Check for old accessories, switches, sockets, etc.
Check the consumer unit.
In pre 60's properties check the cabling, if it's TRS GET IT REPLACED ASAP.

Optional Extras

When carrying out a rewire we can also provide computer data cabling, Phone points, Emergency lights, TV Aerial points, Intruder Alarm, Door Entry Systems and under floor heating.

Fuse Board Upgrades

We can provide a free quotation to replace existing rewireable fuse boards with Consumer Units containing Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs) & Residual Current Devices (RCDs). These consumer units have built-in 30mA protection for the use of electrical equipment outdoors & easily re-set circuit breakers giving safe & accurate protection of circuits.
Miniature Circuit Breakers

MCBs are mechanical switches that incorporate thermal & magnetic short circuit protection giving accurate & fast disconnection in the case of a fault. Unlike fuse wires they can be reset without the need of tools.

We also upgrade main & supplementary equipotential bonding to BS7671 standards. RCDs are earth fault safety trips that monitor the whole installation or individual circuit for earth leakage currents.

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