Dangerous Electrics

Hi my name is mark, I am your local electrician, welcome to my blog.

 

Today I am going to talk about the electrics in your homes.

 

It still amazes me how many local homes have poor electrics and in some cases extremely dangerous electrics.

 

I recently went to a house that looked very nice and had lovely flooring, furniture and when you walk in it felt like a lovely home, well lived in for many years by various families probably.

 

Closing your garden down for the winter?

Sounds strange doesn't it?

 

So what does it mean exactly?

 

Although some gardens in Bexley Bromley Sevenoaks Greenwich and Dartford rarely get used in winter what I mean is not to literally close your garden but the electrics and the appliances within the garden.

 

Allow me to explain…

 

Lawnmowers, strimmers, hedge trimmers, pressure washers, extension leads are all items that very often get left for the winter in sheds, under tarpaulins etc.

 

Awareness

Standing at a recent seminar I noticed that although all qualified electricians are very different, from the works they complete, methods used and ways of achieving results, there is in fact 1 common theme.

 

We are all experts, all studied a long apprenticeship and have subsequently been living and breathing electrics for a long time. Yet most of our neighbours remain unaware of the dangers posed from electricity.

 

Why is that?

 

HOT September

Wow what an unbelievably Hot September we are having!

 

If like us, you are uncomfortable with the hot sun all day whilst at work or at home most people tend to turn on the air-conditioning or plug in lots of fans in an attempt to keep cool.

 

This can create an issue that is very difficult to spot but potentially extremely dangerous… It's called overload.

 

By cranking up the air-con, plugging in fans you may unintentionally be heating up the supply cable also thus making it hotter and prone to melting, or worse still, catch fire.

Stop or the Shopping Will Defrost!

Hi I am a Local Electrician in Bexley, Bromley, Sevenoaks and Dartford.

 

Welcome to The tales of an electrician...

 

A blog that takes a look on the day to day goings on of your local electrician but not, thankfully written every day.

 

Starting out like any other day saw the completion of several small local electrical jobs, things like changing switches and sockets, around 1 oclock I received a frantic phone call.

 

Electrical Inspections - Part 2

Hi and welcome to my blog, part 2 focusing this week on electrical inspections or electrical testing for domestic homes in Bexley, Sevenoaks, Bromley and Dartford

 

The inspection is based on the electrical system of each individual household and includes the following:

The adequacy of earthing and bonding.

 

The suitability of the switchgear and controlgear. For example an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard mixture of both will need replacing.

 

Electrical Inspections

Around this time of year I get many calls from homeowners asking me to carry out an electrical inspection of their property.

 

This can often due to an electrical problem that has arisen such as overloaded electrical circuits caused by switching on increased numbers of appliances such as electrical storage heaters now that the colder nights are drawing in.

 

Moving Home Soon or Recently Moved?

August tends to be busy for moving home in the UK, normally in the build up to September which statistically is the busiest month for moving home.

 

When looking for a new property whether for living in or rental purposes something that very often gets overlooked is the electrics and specifically the safety elements and the functional side, these are not looked at in the property surveys and often the very first time they are noticed is when you move in.

 

Small Electrical Jobs

Adding a socket

Adding a switch

Taking out sockets or switches

Replacing a light fitting or 2

Replacing a door bell

Changing socket or switch fronts.

Rewiring plug tops

Partial rewiring

Earthing of gas and water pipes.

Replacing lightbulbs

Investigate things that don’t work

Adding outdoor sockets

Replacing fuseboxes or consumer units

Rewiring of old garage electrics

Making sheds, garages and outbuildings safe.

Installing loft lighting