Here are 4 points of verification that will allow you to see if your property needs an electrical renovation.
You have just bought a property or you want to renovate your home?
To begin, when you invest in a new house, you have to check if it is up to standards in terms of electricity. To do so, you just have to check some key points that we will see below. You can also call a professional for a verification but here is a list of what you can analyze by yourself to make a first opinion.
The date of construction of your property
If your home is old, it is very probable that the electrical installation of it has not followed the changes in standards because they evolve over time.
What is important to know is that the NF C 15-100 standard (electrical standard) has more or less evolved, with advances in safety. So if you are not careful with your electrical system it can be dangerous.
The most significant evolution dates from the 1990’s with the obligation to install a 30mA differential device. Check the device in your electrical panel. This is essential to ensure your safety and that of your family.
If your home was built before this date and has not been brought up to standard, there is a good chance that major work will be required.
Your meter type
If you have an old meter, be careful.
Because it may mean that your electrical installation, built behind this meter, dates from the same period.
Your plugs are not equipped with grounding pins
It is a simple visual inspection that can give you an overview of the state of the electrical installation: the absence of a grounding plug at the plugs.
At the time, the presence of this grounding pin on the plugs was not mandatory. This is the case today. So it’s important that you have it.
If there is no grounding pin on all plugs, you have an additional indication of the obsolescence of your electrical installation.
Your electrical panel is not equipped with a 30mA differential switch
First of all, the 30mA differential switch is essential in terms of safety.
To identify it, it is quite simple:
- The 30mA differential switch is usually placed at the head of a row on your electrical panels.
- It is twice as wide as a circuit breaker.
- You will see that the symbol of the differential switch is noted as well as the notion 30mA on your electrical panel.
If this equipment is not present, you must at least consider a safety measure by connecting a differential switch at the head of your installation.
To conclude, if you have a problem with any of the points mentioned above, you will need to plan an electrical renovation of your house.