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PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ANY MORE INFORMATION

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We offer a site survey and all our quotations are free and sent in writing via email.

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It is not a requirement to change an old fuse board, if it is still in sound working condition, however one reason for a fuse board change would be to improve the electrical safety of the house hold circuits, due to rcd protection.

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Yes we work Saturdays and it doesn’t cost any more

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The best way forward would be to carry out an electric installation condition report EICR this will highlight problem areas if any.

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Electricity will always find the easiest path to earth. Any faults or weaknesses within your electrical installation or portable appliances can go undetected. In the event of another fault developing, this could lead to serious risk of fire, electrocution or death. For example, a 13-amp ring-main without earth continuity could render all metal parts of appliances plugged into it “LIVE” if one item on the ring developed a fault to earth. Fixed wiring testing will accurately identify faults, their locations and usually the recommended solution.

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It usually takes a few hours to carry out inspection and testing depending on the size of the property. Power will need to be switched off for the majority of this period.

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In HMO (Homes of Multiple Occupancy) Periodic Inspections are legally required every 5 years. In other circumstances the law requires that you keep your entire electrical system safe at all times. The only effective means to that end is to have periodic testing and inspection carried out, together with action to remedy any faults found as a result of testing. If an accident or fire does occur where electricity is suspected to have been the cause, then the duty is yours to prove that you did your best to avoid that accident (offence). Test data results together with preventative maintenance records will provide your best proof and defence.

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Increasingly, insurers are insisting that inspection and testing be carried out on a regular basis. If you suffer an avoidable accident, then under law if found guilty you will be deemed to have committed a criminal offence. Insurers will not pay fines or compensation suffered resulting from a criminal offence. Check the small print in your insurance documents too, it may say they will want to see proof that you’ve maintained your electrics before they pay out in a claim.

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Unless and until you suffer an accident then probably nothing will happen. However, remember that maintenance of a safe electrical system is a legal requirement. Therefore a preventable accident could lead to prosecution, for which there will be no insurance cover.

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The Electricity at Work Regulations apply to all businesses from multi-nationals to sole traders. So you still need to comply.

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Because we accurately identify any faults found, the cost of remedy in most cases is not too great. The majority of problems found involve earthing deficiencies, which although potentially very dangerous are not usually hugely expensive to remedy.

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The IEE guidance suggests the following test intervals: – Domestic 10-years; Commercial 5-years; Domestic Rental 5-years; HMO 5-years (legal requirement); Holiday Rental 5-years; Industrial 3-years; Caravan Park 1-year

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The results of previous tests should be considered in a programme of risk assessment. In the absence of such history then the following intervals may be considered as a guide. But remember that other factors such as the ability of site staff to identify any potential faults or damage and take suitable action. Mechanical damage and abuse must also be taken into consideration.

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We hold records of all clients, together with re-test dates on our database and remind clients when re-tests are due

OUR HOME & BUSINESS
Electricity is part of our lives. We use it from the moment we wake up and throughout the day. As a result, we sometimes forget how powerful and dangerous it can be.

Have a look at a few of the common question that we are asked on a regular basis, if you feel that you need to take action on your electrical installation whether it be your home or business then please contact us we will be happy to help.

WHAT IS EARTHING?
If there is a fault in your electrical installation you could get an electric shock if you touch a live metal part. This is because the electricity may use your body as a path from the live part to the earth part.

Earthing is used to protect you from an electric shock. It does this by providing a path (a protective conductor) for a fault current to flow to earth. It also causes the protective device (either a circuit-breaker or fuse) to switch off the electric current to the circuit that has the fault.

For example, if a cooker has a fault, the fault current flows to earth through the protective (earthing) conductors. A protective device (fuse or circuit-breaker) in the consumer unit switches off the electrical supply to the cooker. The cooker is now safe from causing an electric shock to anyone who touches it.

EARTHING & BONDING
Why do earthing and bonding need to be checked?

If you are having an alteration of addition made to your electrical installation, your electrician must check (as well as other things) that the earthing and bonding arrangements you have are up to the required standard.

This is because the safety of any new work you have done (however small) will depend on the earthing and bonding arrangements. This is where TC Electrical Services can help. Contact us for more information.

WHAT IS BONDING?
Bonding is used to reduce the risk of electric shocks to anyone who may touch two separate metal parts when there isa fault somewhere in the supply of electrical installation. By connecting bonding conductors between particular parts, it reduces teh voltage there might have been.

The types of bonding generally used are main bonding and supplementary bonding.

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