What is Cotton Cloth Wiring?
Have you every heard the term to get your house electrics re-wired? More than likely this is because cotton cloth wiring or VIR (vulcanised Indian rubber) cable has been found and requires replacement immediately. The good news is that we have put together a comprehensive guide on electrical wiring which includes what to do is you have found cotton cloth wiring & VIR wiring. True Local Electricians are specialists in residential house re-wires and can provide you with a free quote to rewire your home electrics with safe TPS cable.
How do you identify cotton cloth wiring?
Cotton cloth wiring is exactly how the name sounds. The cable has a copper conductor which is wrapped in cotton like sheathing which protects the metal conductor from contacting external things.
How do you identify VIR cable?
VIR wiring appears as black rubber insulated cable that over time becomes very rigid and can smell as it decays. It is important not to touch the cable as it can decay and fall apart exposing the copper conductors inside.
Why is cotton sheath & VIR wiring dangerous?
Cotton cloth wiring and VIR wiring are both old styles of wiring found in homes which were constructed prior to the 1980’s. Although this wiring was fine when it was initially installed, the outer protective layer commonly decays over time and exposes the metal conductor to outside elements. This can be quite dangerous as the metal conductor can contact the mental conduit in your house, metal pipework for your plumbing and potentially shock humans resulting in injury or death. We strongly recommend replacing VIR & cotton cloth wiring.
Does cotton sheath & VIR wiring need to be replaced?
Yes, we strongly recommend replacing cotton cloth wiring immediately due to its dangers
What does cotton sheath and VIR cable get replaced with?
We replaced Cotton cloth & VIR cable with the modern day variant which is called TPS cable (thermoplastic-sheathed). TPS cable can stand the test of time and is a long term solution to your electrical wiring.
How much does a house rewire cost?
Rewiring a residential home is one of the hardest jobs an electrician has to do so there is some cost involved in getting a compliant and safe job. Essentially new cable has to be installed in your ceiling and walls to all your lights and GPO power point outlets. This is a job which we will need to provide a quote for. Please phone True Local Electricians for a free quote to re-wire your home.