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Frequently Asked Questions
You will find answers to all of your most common Electrical Services related questions here.
What is a periodic inspection?
A periodic inspection is an inspection and associated testing to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. On completion of the necessary inspection and testing, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will be issued detailing any observed damage, corrosion and deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the current safety standards which might cause electrical issues.
Who should carry out the periodic inspection?
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. Bilwire Electricals ensure that all your electricals are in order and recommend fixes for any issues that could cause any harm as well as any errors or faults.
When does a periodic inspection need to be carried out?
It is recommended that an inspection and testing is carried out at the following times: For residential properties, it is recommended that you get an inspection at least every 10 years. This applies to most owner occupied homes. For business building it is recommended that you get an inspection and testing done at least every 5 years. This applies to buildings/offices in use for business purposes. The Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires landlords of properties with short leases to keep the electrical wiring in repair and in proper working order. We recommend landlords arrange for periodic inspection and testing to be carried out every 5 years.
Does all the redundant wiring need to be removed during a full rewire?
When an electrical installation is rewired, it is good practice to remove the old redundant wiring. If this is not possible, any redundant wiring must be permanently disconnected from any electrical supply so that it doesn’t pose a risk.
When do I need a full rewiring?
There are no set guidelines as to when a property should be rewired. Just because your wiring’s old, it doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. However, many factors can affect the wear and tear of your electrical installations, including the materials used and how your property has been used. Depending on how your previous wiring was done, it could also be another reason for a full rewire. We would advise that an inspection is carried out should you have any issues or problems with your current electrical wiring. A test will certify whether the electrics in a property are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading or replacing. You should carry out regular checks around the house on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other electrical accessories. If you notice anything unusual - for example, burn marks on plugs and sockets, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling), fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping - then feel free to contact Bilwire Electrical and we'll be more than happy to inspect and test the wiring in your property.
The lights in my property keep flickering and the bulbs blow out when using certain electrical appliances. What could this be?
This sounds like you need a panel upgrade. Bilwire Electrical can take a look at your panel to see if it needs an upgrade, test a few things, and inspect the wiring to see if it's outdated. The main electrical panel is where all the wiring connects to and is routed throughout the entire home. Sometimes a certain electrical appliance can cause a heavier load on the wiring circuit and electrical panel than it can handle.
Are you a licensed and insured electrician?
Bilwire Electrical is a licensed and insured residential and commercial Electrician. Contact us for our licensing information or any other questions you have about our company or electrical services.
Can you do the electrical work for our remodelling project?
Yes, Bilwire Electrical are skilled at installing new electrical systems, wiring, generators, lighting, outlets, switches, sockets, panels, security lights, landscape lighting, and everything else you need for the electrical work of your properties remodelling project. Contact Bilwire Electrical and let us know that you want our electricians to do this part of the work for you.
Can you help us with custom LED accent lighting that works with our other smart home systems?
Of course!. Bilwire Electrical stay on top of new technologies in indoor and landscape lighting, pool lighting, generators, intercom wiring, and home security systems so we can help our customers continue adding to their smart home systems. LED accent lighting is a great choice for underneath cabinets and to include in the landscape lighting design scheme.
How much does it cost to rewire a house?
Our rewiring projects start from around £2495 and can range up to £5000 depending on the size of the property. We feel we are very competitive on our costs, and we are very open on this should you wish to discuss our pricing and quotes. We often offer a price match promise to any comparable quotes, subject to terms.
How long will the rewiring take?
Depending on the complexity of the project most of our rewiring takes a few days for part rewiring. However for a full rewire this can take a couple of weeks.
Will the rewire require the walls to be broken?
Yes, Billwire Electrical route all cables through your wall usually. We offer plastering services with our partners to put this all back together for you.
Will the power to my house be shut off during the full rewire?
Yes, usually only during the initial stages of the rewiring. However we do install temporary supplies on request.
Can I partially Rewire my house?
Bilwire can part rewire a house but it can be difficult. Its not always clear where cables run and how they are connected to other circuits.
How do I prepare my house for rewiring?
We go into detail on this if you accept a quote however as a rule of thumb you want to create a meter space around the outside of every room and pack small belongings away.
How long would the rewiring last?
Modern wiring if maintained well is expected to last up to 30 years.
When is the best time to rewire?
it is always best if you can rewire when you move into a house or when you decide to decorate it.
Can I add extra sockets during rewiring?
Yes, When Bilwire Electrical rewires your home you can completely resign the electrical layout.
Can I get chrome sockets?
Yes you can specify your rewiring anyway you like and we can advise on additional extras such as decorative sockets.
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