Professional Electrician Service For All Your Safety Checks
Quality electricians can be hard to find, so make sure you have a reputable firm to carry out all your electrical maintenance.
The UK is experiencing a skills shortage, with 43% of vacancies in skilled trades existing due to a supply and demand imbalance. In particular, quality electricians can be increasingly difficult to find, with a 13% skills gap in this industry. This comes at a time when the government is committed to providing 1 million new houses by 2020, all of which will require electrical work to be carried out. Changes in technology mean that the installation of smart meters, upgraded heating systems and other sources of renewable energy rely on electricians to install but also maintain and periodically test the safety of such fittings. If you’re looking for a fantastic electrician to carry out work for you either as a homeowner, landlord, property management company or in a commercial setting, then you’ll need to make sure you’re hiring a professional like IDV Electrical who you can trust.
IDV Electrical are based in the south-east, covering London and Essex as well as any postcode within the M25 and the area between Kent and Gravesend. Quotes are provided free of charge, and the call-out rates begin at £30 + VAT per hour during regular hours, then £45 + VAT per hour from 6pm to 7.30am. If you’re based in London, then the cost is £35 + VAT during regular hours, and £50 + VAT per hour from 6pm-7.30am. The rates are transparent with no hidden extras, and if a job takes longer than an hour, then you’ll receive a report with an estimated cost and duration for the project.
When you’re trusting your electrical project to a professional, you need to know that they’re fully qualified to carry out the work safely. This is why you should only work with electricians who are NICEIC approved. They’ll be able to offer a range of services including periodic PAT testing of your electrical appliances to provide confirmation that they’re safe to work with.
Your electrician will also be able to issue electrical safety certificates such as Electric Installation Condition Reporting (EICR) or Visual Condition Reporting (VCR). Landlords and owners of commercial premises should have such reporting carried out every 5 years, or following a change in tenancy, whereas domestic homeowners can leave this until 10 years in-between checks. The difference between the two types of reporting is that the VCR doesn’t include any manual testing but provides a visual look at electrical elements such as the standard of cabling, connections and terminations.
Peace Of Mind for Emergencies
Emergency lighting is not only a requirement in certain buildings, it also provides assurance to residents or workers that an escape will be easy to find in a dangerous event such as a fire. But this lighting also needs to be tested regularly by your trusted electricians, to ensure that it remains fully functional if disaster were to strike. Weekly tests provide the knowledge that the emergency battery is working, monthly flick tests check that the lights will power up when the main lights are down, and annual tests are a 3-hour report of the condition of the installation and fittings.
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord with a portfolio or a commercial business owner, it pays to have the number of a trusted electrician to hand. Call IDV Electricians on 0208 702 8066 today!