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Heritage Electrics in Eastern Suburbs Sydney

Cotton wiring  is commonly found in heritage, art deco and federation style buildings and properties built prior to 1930. The copper wiring—typically embedded within cotton or rayon with asbestos paper or rubber insulation—poses a significant safety hazard as the wiring system ages.

Over time the cotton becomes fragile and frays and may expose live wires

If you have recently purchased an older style home or commercial premises, it is important to hire a licensed electrician who is experienced in heritage electrics to inspect and minimise the risk of fire hazards.

If your home requires wiring replacement, we will provide you with a competitively-priced, fixed quote.

5 Signs It May Be Time To Replace Your House Wiring

1. Using Too Many Appliances Plunges your Home into Darkness

Heritage listed properties, federation and Art Deco house wiring were not created to cope with today’s modern appliances. 

2. Lights that Flicker On and Off, or Appear Dimmer than Usual

Sometimes flickering or dimmer than usual lights may be caused by a faulty lightbulb or a loose connection. However, it’s always a sign to time to call your local Sydney electrician.

3. Old Fashioned Power Points and Light Switches

Old fashioned light switches and power points are usually a good indicator that your home was built prior to the 1980s. 

4. Strange Buzzing Noises from Power Points

Buzzing or humming noise from your power plugs can be caused by a number of reasons ranging from a malfunctioning appliance, too many appliances at once or house wiring that’s not up to the demands of modern family life. 

5. Switches that Give You a Slight Shock or Tingle When You turn Them On or Off

Electric shocks and tingles are a sure sign that something is wrong with your housing wire. This is classed as an emergency.



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Time to Upgrade Your Federation Style Home Electrics?

Servicing the Eastern Suburbs Sydney and the surrounding areas, there are many older style homes still using cotton cabling that aren’t up to the job of supporting today’s modern household appliances. The cotton insulation is also not waterproof, so if the roof leaks or there is a risk of the cotton becoming wet, you are more at risk of electric shocks or electrical fires. 


Original House Wiring Needs an Upgrade

While cotton wiring is more common in homes built prior to the 1930s, it can also be found in mature and heritage listed apartment blocks and offices. If you’re not sure what kind of wiring system is in your home, office or apartment contact Scott Electrics for a safety inspection. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Why is Cotton Cabling So Dangerous?

Prior to the 1940’s when it was finally phased out, cotton cabling was the latest in electrical cabling, but over the years we have learned the electrical wires insulated with cotton can be hazardous. As many of you know, water and electricity don’t mix! And cotton insulation is not waterproof. So when a heritage, Federation or Art Deco style building experiences a roof leak, burst pipe or even damp walls, it can seep through the cotton and cause the wiring to short circuit, cause blackouts or worse case scenario – a fire.

Ready To Upgrade Your Heritage-Listed Home?

If you smell burning or hear buzzing noises, it’s important to get your house wiring checked by a licensed electrician ASAP. Our team is available for emergency callouts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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