Electrical Services – Finding the Right Provider
Electricity is potentially dangerous and it is always recommended that you hire an electrical services expert when you need any electrical work carried out. Whether you need to mend a line, replace a socket, rewire your house or premises you should contract an approved electrical services professional. However, identifying a good provider is easier said than done. The following are a few pointers that will make sure you hire a competent service:
Ask the provider how long they have been in business. Generally, the longer they been in business the better because this proves that they are not just starting out and you are not their guinea pig.
Ask the provider for any other credentials and references from past clients. This is common sense but surprisingly, many people fail to ask this question. Academic and professional credentials as well as references can help you learn a great deal about a provider.
When looking for a provider, ask family, friends and neighbors for contacts of reliable contractors they have worked with in the past.
Range of Services
Most contractors offer a wide range of services. The following are some of the services that any decent contractor should be able to provide:
Access Control Systems including Door Entry & Gated Security
Building & Joinery Services
Construction & Computer Aided Design as fitted drawings
Electrical design & installation to the latest 17th edition the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) regulations
Fault Finding & Repair Work
Fire Alarm Systems
Intruder Detection Alarm Systems
NICEIC Testing & Inspections Including periodic & PAT (portable appliance testing)
Outdoor Lighting including Gardens and Car parks
Planned and impromptu maintenance
Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) Systems
However, it is important to note that some contractors specialize in certain types of work only. This would be ideal if the nature of your job is highly specialized and calls for in-depth knowledge of a specific area of expertise.
Finally, be sure that your contractor is familiar with all local and national regulations. Many projects require permits and inspections. An experienced electrical services provider will be able to advice you on the permits needed and ensure that your project passes any necessary inspections.