Top things to consider for electrics when shifting to a new house

When you are about to move into a new house, whether you just purchased it or it’s a rental, you should consider a few safety factors before you take possession or unload your stuff. If you just brought the property you most likely had a pest and building inspection so you know the place is sound and free of harmful pests, but what about the electrical wiring. It’s also important that you have your friendly local electrician on The Gold Coast make an electrical inspection to ensure the wiring is safe.

  • First, do a walkthrough

Before you move in while the place is empty you can get a good look around and see if anything is amiss. Check all the light fittings and make sure all the lights work. If possible, check the power points, this can be done using a radio or other appliance you can easily hold in your hand.

Just plug it into each power outlet and you will know if it’s working or not. Take note of any that are not working so you can have them repaired. While you’re checking them look for any sign of damage such as cracks, discolouration or distortion that could be a sign of a problem

  • Safety Switches

All rental properties must have safety switches and a law from 2019 requires all domestic residences that were constructed before 1992 to be equipped with safety switches within three months of being sold.

It’s important that you have a safety switch on all electrical circuits in your home and that all of the wiring is properly grounded. You can take a look in the fuse box or look at the meter board to see if the safety switches are there, but it’s better to ask your friendly local Gold Coast electrician to check for you.

  • Illegal Wiring

It’s illegal for anyone apart from a qualified and registered electrician to do any electrical wiring including installing safety switches in Australia. Sometimes homeowners or handymen decide to save a few dollars by doing their own wiring, but this can place you or your family and your property at risk, so having your electrical wiring checked by a fully qualified, registered and licensed electrician on the Gold Coast is Important when moving into a new place.

  • Child Safety

If you have children or even pets, it’s important that you check the area for any hazard that could compromise their safety. Many children are curious by nature and like to play with things. They have almost no understanding of the dangers of electricity, even if you try and explain it to them. Spare electrical outlets and empty light bulb sockets can be a very interesting and tempting thing to look at and push objects into, so it’s important to use blanks or have child safe devices installed on any power outlets that are within reach and not being used

 

Before moving into a new place it should be checked for electrical hazards by your local electrician on The Gold Coast to ensure it has adequate safety switches and that it’s completely safe for you and your family. You should also check the operation of all electrical outlets and devices to ensure they are in good working order.

 

What is the importance of grounding electric current?

Having a properly grounded electrical system in your home will help protect you and your electronic devices from electrical overloads and shocks. Ask your local electrician on the Gold Coast to check your electrical system and ensure it’s properly and efficiently grounded.

Having your home wiring grounded is important because:

  • Overload protection

When grounded your electrical wiring system has an easy pathway for excess electricity to escape in the event of a lightning strike or a surge in your current instead of damaging your circuitry, appliances, property and anyone who is in it

  • Help direct electricity

When your electrical system is grounded the power can easily be guided to the areas required safely and efficiently

  • Stabilises voltage levels

Grounding makes it easier to regulate the power supply so the correct amount of power gets to the right places as required with a common reference point. This helps to ensure circuits don’t get overloaded and blown out

  • Earth, the best conductor

Earth is a very strong conductor, so when your electrical system is grounded, if there is any problem the current will pass through the easiest pathway to earth rather than travelling through a person giving an electric shock and most likely saving your life

  • Prevents damage

Proper grounding avoids the risk of having appliances destroyed and data lost or fires starting by a surge or overload in your electrical circuits. Ask your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast to check your electrical wiring regularly; it could save lives and your property

How grounding works

A metal rod is driven into the ground or a pipe from an underground water system is used to permanently ground your electrical system. From this, a wire goes to your electrical circuit or switchboard. Every power outlet has a three pin plug and wired in appliances have three wires, the positive, phase or hot wire, the negative or neutral wire and the ground or earth wire.

Electricity always seeks the easiest and shortest way back to earth, so if a problem occurs the current can harmlessly travel directly to earth instead of via a person preventing electrocution.

Your home should only have three pin plugs so there is always an earth wire available for all appliances. If you have the old style2 pin plugs you need to have your wiring system upgraded by your local electrician on the Gold Coast as soon as possible to ensure your family’s safety and protect your property

Safety Tips

If in doubt about the safety of any of your appliances or electrical fittings call your local friendly electrician on The Gold Coast to check them for you.

  • Never use or touch any appliance with a damage electrical cord
  • Never use or touch any appliance that is cracked, damaged or becomes warm, hot or smells

Having your electrical system properly grounded is a smart move to ensure the safety of your electrical appliances, fittings, data, property and family. If you have any doubts about whether your home is properly grounded, you have flickering lights, get a tingling sensation from any switches or appliances or if you smell any strange smells around your home, contact your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast to have your home wiring checked as soon as possible for your family’s safety.