What's involved in a home rewire?
Rewiring your home is a major project. It involves work in every room in the house and it can be messy. We rewire your home to ensure that the electrical system is safe and compliant to current standards.
Most electrical cables in your home will be buried in walls, under floors and in attic spaces. In order to remove the old equipment and install your new cables we will have to lift carpets and floorboards, and cut into walls. This is an unavoidable process if you wish for your electric cables to be hidden out of sight. We will however make good any damage caused to the property during the rewire of your home.
There are a number of steps involved in rewiring your home. Below is a guide of what to expect.
Step 1: The Quotation
We will visit your property and discuss with you what you expect from the home rewire process. We will discuss where you would like sockets and switches, as well as discuss upgrade options like smart home tech, alarm systems and CCTV. Once we agree on the scope of work we will put a quotation together detailing prices and timescales for completion of work. We aim to complete most home rewires within two to three days.
Step 2: Setting to Work
Prior to our arrival we will provide you with a list of tasks that need to be completed. This will involve things like tidying away appliances and clearing access to your consumer unit so we can get to work straight away. It is important you do your part to avoid delays.
On the agreed start date for your project we will arrive at your property and begin preparing for the rewire work to begin. We will work to remove all of the existing installation and replace with new equipment as agreed in your quotation.
Step 3: Routing Cables
Electric cables are generally routed under floors, through basement and attic spaces, and chased into walls so they are hidden from view. This approach provides the best finished look and is the normal way to do things. In order to do this, we will have to lift carpets and floorboards, and use power tools to chase cables into walls.
Chasing cables into walls can be a messy business. We use a twin blade cutting tool to create channels in solid brick or stone walls and breaking power tools to open these channels up to accommodate your new cables. These tools allow us to work quickly and efficiently. We always use dust extraction with our power tools wherever possible, but these processes can still create some dust.
Where your walls are covered with lath & plaster, we work to ensure we cause minimal damage to the internal strapping. Where any damage has been caused, we will repair this accordingly. We will also work to ensure we preserve any ornate features, such as coving, ceiling rose, original floorboards and flagstone floors.
Once all of the cables are fixed in place, the light fittings, switches and socket plates will be added.
Step 4: Installing the Consumer Unit
The final part of the home rewire is to install the consumer unit. We will mount your new consumer unit onto a flame resistant backboard. We will separate the cables into individual circuits and secure them into their respective terminals. Everything will be labelled accordingly, so you know what is what.
Step 5: Testing and Certification
On completion of rewiring your home, we will test all circuits to ensure the safety and integrity of the installation. You will be issued with an Electrical Installation Certificate ensuring that all work is compliant with BS-7671 standards.
A home rewire is classed as 'notifiable work' under current Building Regulations in England. By using IITEX Electrical, all of this will be taken care of. We will inform building control of the planned works. This ensures you will also receive your Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.
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