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When should you call an electrician?

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Carrying out your own electrical work at home can cut corners, but at what cost? Safety is an obvious issue. Electricity is extremely dangerous. It can kill. But there can often be a greater financial cost later on in rectifying a bodged DIY job that could have been avoided if a professional electrician had been hired in the first instance.

Be reassured that if you’re looking for professional electricians in Swindon, we are always on hand.

A lot of people are happy replacing a faulty fuse in a plug. It’s a straightforward job, but you should never interfere with the actual plug socket. If your sockets have experienced some form of damage, you need to call a professional.

The more ambitious might try their hand at smaller projects such as installing light switches and light fittings, wall lights etc.; jobs that you might think too expensive to have done by an electrician. But often it’s the case that an electrician is called out to fix a simple job turned into a nightmare. To rectify faulty wiring that has been caused by the homeowner attempting to carry out the job themselves, damaged light fittings, damaged cables and switches. And in some cases electrical accessories have been known to catch on fire.

If you are working on home improvements, you may want to look at replacing the electrics in your house. This needs to be carried out safely and you should seek advice from an electrician. If you’re seeking it from electricians in Swindon, do give us a call.

We are often called by homeowners who have carried out repairs asking for us to certificate their own electrical work. Unfortunately we can’t do it. The work needs to be carried out by a professional from the outset.

As a homeowner you are entitled to carry out any electrical works in your home. But, be advised that you will be asked to present all the certification for the electrical work carried out if you ever move or rent your property. You cannot obtain the appropriate certification following your own installation of electrical work at a later stage.  If someone is injured or a property is damaged your insurance will be invalid if you do not have the appropriate certification to prove the system is safe.

If you want the job done quickly and properly, look no further than EJS for professional electricians in Swindon.

 

The basics of working with electricians

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Electrical work is the only type of work that you cannot DIY your way through. Breaking down dry wall, painting and even fixing your toilet are some fun projects you and your family can engage in without hiring a professional. Electrical work is messy, but it is something that requires qualified and registered skill. Another reason is that electrical work requires permits and approval from building inspectors. When you need to hire a professional, here are some tips to help you through it.

Types of electrical work

Electrical work involves a vast array of tasks from rewiring a home remodelling to upgrading electrical outlets. Depending on the kind of client, services fit into broad categories such as domestic, landlord or management agencies and commercial types of services. All these projects require the involvement of electricians alongside other trade professionals to achieve the desired objectives. For domestic projects, qualified electricians will perform services such as the installation of consumer units, replacement of light fixtures and sockets, installation of smoke alarms, cooker circuits and stoves and installation of external light fixtures. Electricians also perform emergency house calls and other pressing tasks such as inspections and tests. For the commercial and letting projects, electricians perform PAT testing of the portable electrical appliances and performing an electrical installation condition report.

Licensing and qualifications

All electricians should be qualified, certified and licensed in the latest safety and regulation laws. According to the building regulations covering England and Wales, Part P entails that anyone that performs electrical services must ensure that their work protects the people from fire and electrical shock. Ensure that the company you hire have staff that are compliant with safety and regulation laws and that they have acquired the relevant accreditations to work on the type of project you have. Also, ensure that they have current licensing.

For residents of Swindon, you can refer to NICEIC for a list of verified licensed electrician companies. To identify a qualified electrician in Swindon, you can find out if they are a master electrician or a journeyman electrician. The difference is that the master electrician has passed a standardised test, has at least two years of experience and is qualified to design and install an electrical system to your project. A journeyman, on the other hand, can perform mechanical installations but they are not licensed.

Always work with a professional whose work is efficient, neat and relevant job experience. The electricians should be fully insured and have a warranty that covers any damaged parts or work that was incomplete. For the most competent and compliant electricians in Swindon, contact EJS Electricals.