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Electrical Installation

What to look for:

  • Wrong fuses
  • Damaged wiring, including wire nibbled by mice and other rodents or pests
  • Too few socket outlets
  • Flickering lights 

Identifying the location of electrical wiring in your property is helpful but if historic the installation should be checked by a qualified electrician.  Wiring hidden within floor and roof voids may have been chewed by vermin which can lead to electrical shorting and fires.  Any wiring in roof voids, especially in thatched properties, should be inspected regularly.  Accordingly, it is better not to have cabling running under roof or floor insulation as this can cause over-heating and fires.  Take care too not to over-load a socket with electrical adapters: it is safer to install more outlets.  Check that fuses in plugs have the correct rating for the appliance.  Modern circuit-breaker fuse-boards are a constructive improvement (for an electrician to install).

Be sure to replace any frayed wiring on older cabling.  Taking action if lights are flickering or there is a smell of burning plastic.  Remember to turn off the power (or circuit) before attempting any investigation yourself.

Before cutting chasers in plaster for cables or pipes be sure to have checked first that you will not be disturbing any historic mural work or historic wallpaper. 

Cables can look unsightly and with care can be run neatly either surface mounted (on the wall) or under floor boards through holes drilled in the centre of floor joist. Modern living will often require such as satellites and cable TV to be installed. It is possible to have satellite dishes to be installed on a pole in the garden, or located in a discreet location. Some local authorities do require LBC for these to be installed. When drilling through the building to allow for cables to be installed, consider where the cable and any boxes is being installed. They are often installed in the easiest location, rather than in the most suitable to the property. Any lose cables should be secured to prevent trip hazards or them being pulled by accident.