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Why is it important to carry out an Electrical Inspection before buying your new home?

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It’s an exciting time in your life. You have found your ideal home, and your offer has been accepted.

But perhaps all is not as perfect as it seems.

A large proportion of home buyers do not see the need for an Electrical Inspection on a property they are considering buying and many others believe it is part of the survey carried out on the home.

This is not the case.

Additionally, house vendors do not need to provide an electrical safety certificate to sell a house.

The only certification they are required to provide is a Part P Building Regulation Certificate if they have made any additions to the electrics since 2005.

Therefore, the only way you can be 100% sure the electrics in the house are safe before you buy it is to have an Electrical Inspection report carried out.

Without it, you have no guarantee the electrics are safe and they could break down at any point – potentially leaving you with a larger bill than if you had known of before buying the property.

What is an Electrical Inspection?

An Electrical Inspection is straightforward and with wiring which is 30 years old or younger will take approximately two to four hours.

For older wiring, there are likely to be more faults and therefore the inspection will take longer to complete.

Also as you would expect, a one–bedroomed property will be quicker to complete than a five-bedroomed property.

The electricians will be looking for any overloaded circuits or equipment, potential electric shock risks, defective electrical works and identify if there are any earthing or bonding issues.

It is best to identify any problems before you and your family move into the new house, rather than have the electrics break down, or worse have an electrical fire break out due to faulty wiring.

It’s not worth the risk.

So don’t delay contact EJS Electrics today, and speak to us about an Electrical Inspection. Let us provide you with peace of mind that your dream home is not hiding any potentially disastrous surprises.

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Does Your Fuse Box Need Upgrading?

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The fuse box, also known as a domestic consumer unit, is a vital safety feature in any building, as it helps prevent electrical fires and electric shocks.

The fuse box receives the electrical supply and distributes it to different circuits. The fuse board detects the current running through each circuit, and will cut the supply, or “trip a switch” should the system become overloaded.

Over the years new technology has been developed to improve the different features found in a fuse box, and legislation is updated accordingly. You should, therefore, employ a professional electrician to make any upgrades to fuse boxes, and test they are up to the correct standards.

Your fuse box may need upgrading if it is:

  • Faulty or dangerous
  • Repeatedly tripping switches or overheating
  • Unable to cope with new electrical appliances you have installed, such as air conditioning or a pool pump
  • In a location that is difficult to access for readings
  • Below current legal standards

Protecting a recently upgraded mains power system.

New models of fuses and circuit breakers are much safer and work far more quickly than older versions. This means that while there may be no legal requirement to upgrade your fuse box, it is advisable to do so anyway to reduce the risk of fire or injury and to obtain peace of mind that your property is safe.

All circuit breakers work basically the same way, by detecting problems with electrical currents and stopping the current flowing by breaking the circuit. However, different types of circuit breakers offer varying protection and you may consider replacing older versions with newer ones to maximise the safety of your electrical supply.

For example, ceramic fuses (also known as SERFs) are the oldest kind. They provide some protection against electrical fires by preventing short-circuits and overloads, but no protection against electric shocks.

For the best protection, consider replacing older circuit breakers with combination switches, known as RCBO’s, which provide overload, short circuit and leakage protection.

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