Our Wiring Services
Wiring & Lighting
Along with general electrical services for residential homes and commercial, we offer outdoor lighting systems, corrective wiring, installation of accent lighting, system wiring for smoke detectors and security systems, pool lighting, electric heaters, landscape lighting, pump and equipment wiring, and more. Call us today to find out more about our services.
As a rule of thumb, electric panels need replacing every 25-40 years, so if your home is that age, there’s a likelihood that you will need to upgrade. However, there are other key signs to look out for that will tell you when your existing system is becoming outdated.
When it comes to electricity and wiring within a home, safety is paramount. Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of fires in Canadian homes. Generally, the older wiring is, the more likely it is to be faulty, but having your electric panel inspected regularly by a professional electrician such as S.G.F Home Development CORP. will identify any issues.
If you experience any of the following in your home, there is a strong chance it’s due to a fault in the wiring:
- Flickering lights or other appliances
- Small electric shocks when touching appliances
- A smell of burning
- Scorch marks or sparking on power outlets
- Warmth around the electric panel
Installing New Appliances
One of the primary reasons for upgrading an electric panel is because it simply does not have the capacity to deal with modern appliances. If you are intending to install a major new appliance to your home (such as an air conditioner or hot tub), your existing electric panel may not suffice. If you add an air conditioner without upgrading your electric panel, then the power provided by your electric panel might not be enough, and the circuit breakers will keep tripping. Similarly, if you’re planning a home or basement remodel that will increase the electrical consumption of your home – like a new room or extension – then your existing electrical panel may not cut it.
Sometimes power may be lost to light fixture, receptacle, appliance, or electronics. Other times a circuit breaker or GFCI will trip for some unknown reason. That is why our expert team is always ready to help and determine what is going on and making a sound decision on the correct course of action to ensure the best result to solve your issues.
House Rewiring & New Homes
Dodgy electrics are, at least, a nuisance and, at worst, they can be a severe fire hazard. Faulty wiring causes 12,500 house fires a year, so ensuring that your wiring is correct and up to date should be a pressing concern, especially if you live in a period property. If your property is over 25 years old and has not been rewired within the last 25 years then it is probable that the building’s electrics need upgrading to bring them up to the current standards and demands of modern electrical devices. In addition to this, if you are extending your home or converting your loft, your new wiring will have to conform to the regulations set down in the government’s Part P: Electrical Safety document. This means that all existing wiring in the property will also need to be improved so that it can carry the additional demands safely. Major remodelling of a room may also require you to rewire part, if not all, of your home, so that it adheres to building regulations. In older properties this may involve fitting a new consumer unit (commonly referred to as a fuse box). The easiest way to see if your home’s electrics need updating is to look at the fuse box. If it has a wooden back, metal switches, ceramic fuses, or a mixture of fuses, it’s likely to be an old fuse box which, in most cases, is a sure-fire sign that all your electrics are out of date. If your home features any old-style round switches, sockets fixed to the skirting boards or wires with casing made from rubber or fabric (which were phased out in the 1960s) it may be a good idea to have an electrical survey carried out to see if your home’s wiring is safe. A full rewiring involves our expert team removing all the electrical wiring in every room of your home. Lights, sockets, and switches are also all removed and updated to modern ones. Our suggestion as in when to do rewiring is best to be carried out when redecoration is also planned. Aside from making your electrics far safer and more reliable, rewiring your house means you can move and fit more switches, power outlets and light fixtures. Which means you can completely rejig the layout of a room, putting in new lighting fittings or for example being able to put the TV in a better location, without needing to use extension cords which can be dangerous and ugly. You also get the option to fit modern ‘smart’ plugs and switches which allow you to do all sorts of things such as control your lights through your phone or smart speaker.