12 signs you may have problems with your electrics
You have no earth conductors in your lights – old wiring for lighting circuits never use to contain earth cable. This will require rewiring your lights with cables that have earths in
Your RCD trips occasionally or when it rains. For example water could be getting into an outside light or it could be a faulty appliance. I would recommend getting a qualified electrician to investigate
You have extension leads everywhere – my main concern is too many sockets pushing the existing wiring to its threshold. Not only that, it is ugly and a trip hazard
You have no RCD protection from your mains – An RCD offers protection to your electrics. This is a must and a requirement. This will allow your electrics to trip under fault conditions
You haven’t checked your electrics for 5-10 years / a long time – Would you not check your car regularly with services, maintenance and an MOT. Your house is where you and maybe your family sleep and needs upkeep to keep you safe. After time all things deteriorate.
Terminations are showing too much copper conductors – this shows the quality of workmanship and potential danger of exposed conductors touching other conductors.
No earth sleeving – this shows the quality of workmanship and potential danger of exposed conductors touching other conductors
Messy cable runs / switches – this shows the quality of workmanship. I would recommend getting your electrics checked to find out the condition. Ask yourself, when was the last time you reviewed your electrics?
Cables are brittle and show signs of heat – brown burn marks on brittle and hard cables are a sign of heat damage. Consult and electrician straight away.
Cables ran outside are PVC – PVC cables are perfect for inside a property or premises but NOT for outside. PVC cables can be easily damaged. SWA cables should be used outside as they offer mechanical protection from damage and have a lot better IP rating.
Your gas meter and water stop tap have no earth bonding to them – this is a must and the foundation of your earthing. Connecting all your exposed and hidden pipework. It is also an instant failure on a test certificate that would need rectifying
You have no test certificate for the property – Would you not check your car regularly with services, maintenance and an MOT. Your house is where you and maybe your family sleep and needs upkeep to keep you safe. After time all things deteriorate. It’s good to know the condition of your electrics and important when selling your house. Also potential buyers will request it. Would you drive a car with no MOT.
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