Electrical problems associated with older properties 

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Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. and this is our guide to everything you should know about the common electrical problems associated with older properties and buildings.

What are the most common electrical problems associated with older properties? 

Whether your property is a commercial or a residential space, if it is an older building there are a number of electrical problems you may experience.  The issues can include:

  • An old fuse box- buildings that are older may have plastic casing for fuses, but the regulations were changed in 2016, requiring new installations to have a metal casing. This is because plastic casings are a fire risk. In addition, older fuse boxes may not have a trip switch for all circuits and this can also be potentially dangerous.
  • Loose wiring- in older properties loose wiring and connections are more common simply because of wear and tear that occurs over time. This can be a significant issue however as it results in power being wasted, while also presenting opportunities for electrical fires and even electric shocks. In any residential or commercial setting, this can be a real threat.
  • Power cuts- power cuts can also be experienced more frequently in older properties, simply because even circuits designed just 30 years ago are not designed to cope with the load that is demanded on todays circuits, especially in commercial settings or offices. This can be disruptive to daily activities and to business. 

For properties that are older than 15 years, it can be a good idea to hire a professional electrical team to review your electrics and circuits and to identify any potential issues or problems that may otherwise go unnoticed until a larger problem occurs. Here at Walker Electrical we are the team you can count on. Why not get in touch today?