Many lovely old homes in Brisbane and around the Northern suburbs are renowned for their attractive character features.  Suburbs like Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Bardon abound with these beauties.  Like all homes, it is incredibly important to look after maintenance. Maintenance of aspects such as the structure, electrical and gardens can’t be ignored.  So, when it comes to looking after your property – whether old or newer – it pays to know the right people to talk to.  When it comes to the electrical systems within your property, be sure to call JTB Electrical to conduct a professional electrical safety inspection, repair or new work.

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What to look for

A very obvious safety issue in any established house is old wiring.  Many older houses have been renovated to some extent, whether it be superficial, or partly renovated, or extended.  But a problem with past renovations can be that the electrical wiring is often hidden.  It can be hidden behind the façade of ceilings, walls and new extensions.  Sometimes it is not until something goes wrong with the old wiring that we even know we have a problem.  JTB Electrical can conduct a safety inspection at any time.  So it’s wise to engage us before there is a problem.

One of the biggest concerns with old electrical systems in character homes is the dreaded “black snake”.  This old type of insulated cabling was common in older style homes around Brisbane suburbs.  It can cause problems when it is disturbed.  Most people are unaware whether they have this old wiring in their home, and have little knowledge whether it is in safe condition.

Don’t leave things to chance

If you have a suspicion about the type of wiring, or the condition of the wiring in your property, do call us.  Our trained electricians will instantly recognise those older style of wiring systems.  We’ll be able to provide the best advice when it comes to options to rectify the problem. Don’t necessarily despair if you are concerned about getting a bad report. If the electrical system in your property is safe and undisturbed, then it may be safe to leave. However, if you intend to renovate, it may be a different story.  Then it may be wise to budget extra for replacement of old wiring. The problem with old wiring is that in many cases the insulation may have deteriorated over time.  Deteriorated insulation can lead to failures and electrical fires.  It’s not something to leave to chance.

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Always Consider Safety

Don’t hesitate to seek the expertise of a qualified and certified electrician to inspect your property. The important thing to realise is that a simple safety inspection doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money right now.  However, it can provide reassurance into the future. When you know what the risk is, and when you need to look at upgrading the old wiring, it can bring a lot of peace of mind. In fact, when you have an electrical safety inspection, you know that all the elements of your household electricity are working just fine.

Address the Safety Switches

It is always a good idea to seek advice on how it improve safety. This may include:

  • safety switches,
  • Earth Leakage devices,
  • surge protectors,
  • switch boxes or
  • circuit breakers,

Every property is different, and there is no single solution for every problem.  So, be sure to call us to help you find the best solution.

Save on Power Bills

Believe it or not, a qualified electrician is also trained to look out for energy saving solutions.  They can help you with these and other electrical cost savings around your home.  There are regularly new and different types of lighting and heating solutions on the market.  The opportunity to upgrade may be cost effective.  LED lights are awesome to brighten up your home, and can save a lot of energy.  But, particularly in older homes, these new light systems should always be installed by an electrician.  Not just any electrician – but one who knows how to look after the old electrical wiring.

Call JTB Electrical for Advice

Whether you need electrical repairs, a safety inspection, or major renovations, our advice is absolutely free!  When you call us at JTB Electrical, we are happy to discuss any of your concerns right there in the spot!  We can inspect any electrical outlets, light switches, kitchen appliances, or whatever you are concerned about.  Our qualified team of certified electricians have a wealth of experience with domestic electrical systems all around South East Queensland.

No matter what problems or concerns you have with your property, call JTB Electrical today for an obligation free quote.