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How Domestic Wiring Have Progressed

Jul 23, 2008
Electrical domestic wiring in new build homes has progressed further since the days of waiting weeks for the electrician to complete the rewiring task. The demand for everything delivered to the door in next to no time has increased, making it near impossible to get everything done on time. However, our modern times have made it possible to deliver the goods quick smart and changing the way in which the electrical wiring is installed into the house.

A single buildings wiring and lighting system can now be delivered via a back of a truck, rather than having to wait for a period to have the products sent to your doorstep. Ready made parts for new build homes are made from factories, with the complete package being delivered in the back of a truck, rather than waiting for different parts to turn up. However, you cannot have just anyone to install the domestic wiring for you; the person doing this must be an experienced and qualified electrician. Because when it comes to selling the house, anyone who has completed the wiring themselves must provide certifiable proof that they are eligible to complete this.

New legislations have tightened up on the electrical installation of any new homes. These include stopping any plug sockets or wall mounted switched being installed near the bath - hence this is why you may see bathrooms with switches on the outside. Some light switched that are fixed in the bathroom, tend to be water proof and situated nearer the door rather than above or near the bath or shower.

However, there is much work to be done on protecting the kitchen area if there is a leak or flood coming from the bathroom. Kitchens are directly below the bathroom, and the electrical wiring in between, are generally not water resistant or protected. Some houses, especially new ones tend to have residual current device (RCD) to protect the circuit between the bathroom and kitchen. In the event of a flood, the kitchen would be well protected by keeping the piping separate from the wiring.

In the event of a large flood in the area, this will normally affect the whole house and cause much damage to the structure, furniture and everything within the bottom half of one's home. This is a devastating effect for the homeowners, as this will mean that much of their belongings have been destroyed and there maybe some permanent damage to the building.

Those who have been victims of a flood, may face electrical damage to the domestic wiring, light fittings and plug sockets. Sometimes you will notice a smell of burning but no visible fires, in this instance the main electrical supply should be shut off immediately. This however, should not be done if you are wet or are in water. Unless you are completely dry there is no point in putting yourself at risk. Never connect a generator to the main circuit, this is an illegal move and will certainly cause a fire, especially after a flood.

New homes have regular testing completed on them as a way of keeping everything safe and preventing any unexpected fires from occurring. These are also protected with water resistant covering and circuitry, so in the event of a flooding in or out of the house, this will reduce the chances of the fuse to blow out.
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Anna Stenning has researched how domestic wiring are installed into the house and how they have been designed to be much more safe in unexpected situations.
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