Did you know that one of the leading causes of house fires is electrical problems? With this in mind, choosing the right electrician should be a task that must be taken seriously. When it comes to safety, you should never compromise. The same is true when it comes to choosing the right electrician: hiring the best one, will give you your money’s worth. 

When it comes to electrical work, to ensure safety and security, everything must be done methodically and according to the electrical standards and approved codes of practice. 

If you want to know how you can find the best electrician in your area, we have collected a series of frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers. These questions will help you determine the right man that will do the job to serve your specific needs. 

Is it safe for me to do small electrical jobs?

Unless you have acquired industry-recognised qualifications in Electrotechnical Services, Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment or Electrical Installations, the answer is no. You should leave the matter of wiring and rewiring your house to qualified experts no matter how small the job is. 

This is also important if you think you may sell your property in the future as a property with the correct electrical certification is among the things that homebuyers are looking for these days. 

As we have mentioned earlier, it is better to prioritise your safety and the safety of those you love. So instead of doing it yourself, any household wiring should be carried out by a qualified electrician. 

Do I need to hire a licenced electrician?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! 

You should always check that your electrician has the correct accreditations  and are property registered, this can be done by checking Electrical Competent Persons register. 

The electrician you hire should be registered with any of the following,  BSI (British Standards Institution), NICEIC, ELECSA, NAPIT, STROMA, Benchmark, BESCA, and OFTEC. This means that they work to the  current UK national safety standards. They will give you a certificate to confirm that their work has been designed, inspected and tested to the required standard.

What jobs do I need to hire an electrician for? 

When it comes to Domestic Electrical Installers, below our a few of the things you may need them to do in your home: 

Wiring of a new circuit

Full house rewire

The replacement of a consumer unit (fuse box)

Any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a special location, such as the bathroom. 

Emergency call outs, to assist with any issues you may be having. 

They are also able to carry out an electrical inspection to test how the electrics of your home are working. 

When is the best time to hire an electrician?

If there is something out of the ordinary happening with your household electrics, then you should definitely call your local electrician. If your lights have started to flicker, if your electrics are starting to repeatedly trip or if you keep getting a shock everytime you switch on a light, these are a few of the many reasons you should call an electrician. 

Can electricians give us an estimate of their electrical works?

Yes, they can. In some cases, you have to pay for incidentals in addition to the estimates that your electrician will provide. For instance, if the electrical work will affect your drywall, the electrician will inform you if they can patch small damages or inform you that you have to find someone who can repair it for you. 

Do I need to rewire my house?

If your electrical wiring is ungrounded, using BX cables and wires, and using knobs and tubes, it is recommended to rewire your entire property because these are considered major hazards.

Should I use special outlets for outdoor use?

Yes, you should! Outdoor outlets are exposed to harmful elements therefore, they must be able to withstand UV light and intense cold or heat. This is why you must install weather resistant electrical outlets and receptacles.

If you require emergency call outs, testing and certification, and full or partial rewires, you can trust EJS Electrical to carry it out for you. For all your electrical requirements, give our experts a call on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145!