Why do my electrics require inspection and testing?

Current electrical regulations BS7671 state that at least every 10 years house wiring should be inspected and tested.

How long does an inspection take?

This is dependent on the size of the property but usually it takes a few hours. Inspections are always carried out with a minimum of disruption to you and during normal working hours.

What is PAT?

This is part of a HSE (Health and Safety Executive) guideline that states all portable and handheld equipment must be well maintained and in full working order. Following the inspection results must be logged for future reference.

What is Part P?

Electrical installations in homes and flats are now subject to new building regulations – namely Part P. This regulation will be enforced by local authorities and failure to comply is a criminal offence.

The law states that:- ‘Fixed electrical installations in dwellings shall be suitable designed, installed, inspected and tested so as to provide reasonable protection against their being the source of a fire or a cause of injury to persons.’

What do I need to comply with Part P?

To comply with Part P regulations you must register with a government approved scheme which allows the work to be self certified by an NICEIC Domestic or Approved Electrician, or you must inform the local authority so they can begin proceedings. Liaising with the local authority is generally a little more drawn out.

Are you insured?

Yes we are comprehensively insured to include the following:

  • £10,000,000 public liability
  • £250,000 professional indemnity – for testing, inspection and certification of fixed electrical installations
  • £100,000 for the design specification supervision of construction or installation, feasibility studies and technical information calculations for electrical work
  • Full employers liability insurance

Do you have a call out charge, do you do free estimates?

There is no charge to be called out to have a look at electrical work, and we give free estimates.

In the event that you require an emergency call out to attend a dangerous situation or to carry out an emergency repair there will be a call-out charge of £50 + vat within the local area and in between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Emergency call-outs outside of these hours will be charged accordingly.

I am thinking of having my house rewired, how long will this take and will there be much mess?

A complete rewire on an average three bedroom house should take between two and four days, however the time it takes to rewire a property depends on a number of things such as:

  • Is the property empty
  • Is the property lived in and full of furniture etc
  • What is being rewired i.e. the number of sockets and lights etc

Due to our experience we can completely minimise the disruption and disturbance to you and your property throughout the rewiring process.

We take great pride in the presentation of our work and fully understand the importance of treating your property as though it were our own.