AFS Installations has been at the forefront of Domestic Electrical Installations. We have been wiring homes across London, Hampshire and Surrey for over a decade, new and old buildings alike and with our team of friendly, experienced professional electricians, fully trained and fully insured, we are willing and able to carry out all electrical installations.
If you suspect your house has electrics that might be faulty, or you are just about to move into your new house and the survey suggests your electrics need renewing, you'll need to know what to look out for and what to do next.
ARE MY ELECTRICS FAULTY?
What basic checks can you make to establish if the electrics are faulty? As a rule, only a full periodic electrical test can tell you this, but there are a few warning signs you can look for:
Signs of damage to socket outlets, switches and light fittings. This can be either burning signs or discoloured sockets.
Are the sockets of the round pin type?This would tell you that the electrical installation is probably around 40 years old and would need to be upgraded.
Are there round light switches and branded flex hanging from the light fitting? This would probably tell you that no Earth was present and your lighting circuit would need to be upgraded.
Does your fuse board have re-wireable fuses? These have not been used in new installations for many years. Re-wireable fuses are fuses that when blown a fuse wire needs to be replaced in the fuse head.
If the fuse box has a wooden back, or a mixture of different types of fuses it is likely that it pre dates the 1960's and no RCD would be fitted for your protection. This will need to be addressed in order to conform with the 17th edition wiring regulations.
These are all signs that your electrical installation needs to be looked at!
An RCD, or residual current device, is a life saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock, if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. it can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCD's offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit breakers cannot provide.
What does an RCD do?
An RCD is a sensitive safety device that switches of the electricity automatically if there is a fault. An RCD is designed to protect against the risk of electrocution and fire caused by earth faults. For example, if you cut through a cable when mowing the lawn and accidentally touched the exposed live wires or a faulty appliance overheats causing electrical current to flow to earth, your RCD will trip and prevent any injury this could cause to yourself or your home.
So you decide that the electrics in your home or potential new home need replacing, how can AFS help you?
An AFS electrician will come round to your property, assess your electrical requirements and design your installation with you.
If you would like wires concealed and accessories flush to the wall, not a problem! our electricians can help.
If you plan to buy your own light fittings or accessories, again this is not a problem for our electricians, who are happy to advise you and work out the most cost effective way for you to achieve your requirements.
The Installation will comply with the UK National Standard, BS7671 (requirements of Electrical installations) and Part P.
Rewiring your home can be a messy job - it's best to forget about decorating until the rewire is complete. It can also cause major disruption to the household as carpets and floorboards will need to come up.
On completion of the Electrical Installation, we will provide you with a Domestic Electrical Certificate.
These certificates confirm that the work has been carried out, inspected and tested in accordance with BS 7671, the National Standard for Electrical Installations.
Then within 30 days of the works completion, you will also receive an electrical Installation certificate of compliance. This certificate confirms that the work complies with Part P of the Building Regulations.
As you can see, we at AFS strive to provide all our customers with a complete service for their home and work place and are a company that prides itself on it's workmanship. Our electricians are experienced and qualified an assurance to you of our commitment to quality and standards. All our work is fully guaranteed and insured. AFS Installations Ltd has an ongoing Health and Safety Policy, are CAI and NICEIC accredited, ensuring we are up to date with all the latest regulations and ensuring all our staff are trained for the demands of site conditions including CRB and First Aid etc.
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