What You Need to Know About

Being a homeowner has its own set of perks that include, paying less to live in a home each month, knowing that each payment you make is going towards something you own, being able to make your own repairs and choose who to hire to make repairs for you. It is not every day that you need to have something fixed or redone, but if the day arises that you need to have the wiring in your home checked out, it is best to avoid doing this task yourself and hire a good contractor for the job.

and wiring is one thing you don’t want to mess with, if you are not trained or very knowledgeable about it. Not only is it very dangerous, you can also can a very dangerous situation to occur if you mess with the wrong wires. Electrical fires are nothing to play with and can destroy everything you love in a matter of minutes. When you notice something fishy going on with your electricity, the first place you may want to point a figure at is your utility provider. Sometimes things happen where you may have forgotten to pay the bill. If you know your bill is current and up to date, then you should point that finger at the electrical wiring in your home.

The first thing you need to do is to get on the phone and call an electrician to come and take a look at your . If there is a deficiency somewhere, that electrician will be able to pinpoint it. Sometimes the can become worn, thin or eroded away and cause a series of unfortunate events to occur on the inside of your walls, while you are not even aware there is a problem until it is too late. Rather than assume that everything is okay, you need to make sure that all of the in your home is good. This will help keep you and your family safe, while enabling you to sleep better at night.

When the electrician comes out to inspect your circuits, they will inform you about what is going on and suggest ways to prevent the situation from occurring again. They may also make some adjustments for you while they are redoing your electrical wiring and insulation. Don’t brush off any of the information or advice they are giving you. Remember, that information will save your home and keep it from going up in smoke when you least suspect it.

Take the time now to invest in renovating your home and have the wiring redid so that it is up to code, especially if your home is an older model. There is nothing worse in knowing what’s wrong with your home and doing nothing to fix it and prevent a disaster from happening. As a homeowner, it is your obligation and privilege to take a proactive stance about any repairs your home may need.

– Should You Do It Yourself?

is the process in which electrical appliances and / or equipment is fitted to ensure that it both works correctly and is safe for people to use it on an everyday basis. It can be installed by the individual who purchases it or by a specialist electrical company with qualified installers. When choosing whether you will consult professionals to conduct the it will depend a lot on the scale of the installation task.

When deciding if you will install it yourself or hire a professional to do the installation work for you, it is important to ask yourself a few questions first of all. After answering these questions it will give you an idea of what direction to take.

– How experienced am I with electrical appliances?

– Do I know how to test if the appliance is working safely after installation?

– What are the potential problems / cost of repairs if there is a problem after installation?

– Do I have the time to carry out the required work without rushing it?

If any of these questions give you any cause for concern then it is recommended that you consult a professional electrician in order to undertake the work on your behalf. Although this will cost you money it is much more preferable to the possible high costs of later repairs, not to mention that the danger that you can put yourself and others in by doing an incorrect installation.

However if you have some experience or qualifications then it is possible that you will be able to carry out the without the need for professional assistance. Remember to always check the instruction manual that will come with the appliance or equipment and consult the manufacturer or a qualified electrician regarding this to ensure that safety is always maintained during the .

Condition Report

What does this mean in practice?

Every deteriorates both with use and over time, so it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person to ensure that the safety of persons using the installation is not put at risk. The results of the test and inspection are clearly detailed in a report together with a list of “observations” which are items noted during the test that identify any damage, defects, deterioration or dangerous conditions within the installation.

For ease of understanding, these observations are currently coded with a number from 1 to 4. With the forthcoming EICR, this numbering system is to replaced by codes C1 to C3. These codes relate to a set of clear guidance notes given to the recipient of the report allowing them to accurately assess the condition of their and to make a decision about any remedial works required.

Whilst there is no direct or specific law requiring testing and inspection of electrical installations to be carried out, there are various duties imposed upon employers, landlords and persons responsible for premises which require them to provide a safe place of work.

Insurance providers are also increasingly requesting evidence of electrical test and inspections as a condition of providing cover and often this requirement is hidden among the small print on the policy schedule. Unfortunately, it is only when a claim is made that this requirement comes to light and the claimant discovers, to their dismay, that they are not covered under the terms of their policy.

In April 1990, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAW) came into force, their purpose being to require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities. One of the most important parts of this legislation (outlined under Regulation 4) relates to the requirement to select, construct, operate and maintain electrical systems in a manner so as prevent danger.

A test and inspection regime in accordance with BS7671:2008 (as amended) is recognised by the Health & Safety Executive as an effective way of conforming with the requirements of the EAW Regulations in regard to maintaining electrical systems and is especially useful in as much that it provides a written record of the condition of an installation at the time of the test. Similarly, if someone is considering alterations or additions to their electrical installations, carrying out a test & inspection beforehand, especially if no previous records exist, can ultimately save time and money.

Just as the vast majority of people wouldn’t consider driving a car without an MOT, why should they consider the state of their building’s as any less important? Think of the Condition Report as an MOT for your buildings electrical system and make sure it is done every 5 years.

Similarly, if someone is considering alterations or additions to their electrical installations, carrying out a test & inspection beforehand, especially if no previous records exist, can ultimately save time and money.