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Do I need a Rewire

This depends on your situation, your future plans and the wiring condition.

It’s recommended that rewiring is undertaken every 25 years.

If a property hasn’t been rewired in the last 25-30 years, you should consider upgrading your electrics. You must ensure it stays up to date and complies with all current safety regulations in Scotland. Given the increased volume of electrical devices used in modern households compared to 20 years ago, the existing wiring might be under severe strain from a high level of electricity usage. This can cause your electrics to be considered unsafe and dangerous.

Here are some signs that your electrics are outdated…

  • Skirting mounted socket outlets

  • Toggle type light switches

  • Fuses blowing regularly

  • Cable with sheathing other than PVC

  • Lamps blowing regularly

  • Signs of overheating at outlets or general damage to outlets.

  • Re-wirable Fuses rather than trip switches.

  • Lamps blowing regularly

  • Minimal socket outlets in rooms, usually one or two single sockets indicates an old install.

  • Wooden backed switches or fuse boards.

  • Lack of earth cable at switches and sockets.

  • Cables coated in black rubber (phased out in the 1960s)

  • Cables coated in lead or fabric (before the 1960s)

  • Cast iron switches or fuseboxes or a haphazard mixture of fuse boxes

  • Older round pin sockets and round light switches

  • Braided flex hanging from ceiling roses

  • Brown and black switches

  • Sockets mounted in skirting boards (before the 1960s)

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