Domestic Electrical Installations in Cannock
All aspects of domestic electrical installations throughout the area of Cannock
Having a full rewire will bring the electrical installation in your property up-to-date with the latest wiring regulations. It will also give you the opportunity to modernise your home with a new consumer unit containing residual current devices (RCDs) and circuit breakers, additional sockets to suit your needs (including USB sockets should you so wish) and the most up-to-date, modern wiring available.
A full rewire can be avoided, providing the existing cabling is sound and able to carry any additional loads. It also may be possible to upgrade it by adding a modern consumer unit and upgrading the earthing and bonding.
Consumer unit upgrade
Consumer unit upgrades can be provided following an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR - see below) or any remedial works being completed throughout the premises. These are provided to upgrade the Electrical safety of the installation with new metal clad units, instead of plastic/combustible materials, that can provide RCD protection throughout your home.
Building Control Requirements
In the majority of cases work undertaken in domestic premises in England or Wales is notifiable work under the Building Regulations. Unless the work is undertaken by a person registered with an electrical self-certification scheme prescribe in the regulations, notification of the proposals to carry out the work must be given to the appropriate building control body before the work begins, or, where the work is necessary because of an emergency, the building control body should be notified as soon as possible after completion of the work.
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and time. Therefore, if the safety of the users is not to be put at risk, it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person. Indeed, it is recommended in BS 7671: 2018 that every electrical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing (Regulation 135.1 refers).
The inspection and testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals in order to determine what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition.
As its title indicates, this is a report and not a certificate. It provides an assessment of the current in-service condition of an electrical installation against the requirements of the edition of BS 7671 current at the time of the inspection, irrespective of the age of the installation.
The report is primarily for the benefit of the person ordering the work and of persons subsequently involved in additional or remedial work, or further inspections. The report may be required for one or more of a variety of reasons, for example, change of occupancy or Insurance purposes following a fire/flood.
The report is required to include details of the extent of the installation and of any limitations of the inspection and testing (Regulation 653.2) including the reasons for any such limitations and the name of the person with whom those limitations were agreed. It should be noted that the greater the limitations applying, the lesser is the scope of the inspection and testing carried out, and hence the value of the report is correspondingly diminished. The report is also required to include a record of the inspection and the results of testing.
The report provides a formal declaration that, within the agreed and stated limitations, the details recorded, including the observations and recommendations, and the completed schedules of inspection and test results, give an accurate assessment of the condition of the electrical installation at the time it was inspected