As a landlord, part of the regular inspections you do in your property should go to electrical installations. We all know that faulty electrical installations pose a major risk of fires, electrical shocks and irreversible injuries to people accessing the property.

The government on learning about the risk some landlords who fail to maintain secure, safe and quality accommodation pose to their tenants have set standards and regulations to curb this. In terms of electrical installations, it is now a legal requirement for landlords in England to ensure that their property’s electrical installation is maintained in the safest condition possible.

If you are a Landlord in the UK, you should be aware that the government has set electrical safety regulations to:

• Ensure that with the help of a certified and registered electrician, you inspect the electrical wiring, plug sockets, fuse boxes or consumer units, the light fittings and other fixed electrical components in your rented property after every 5 years. This does not lock out inspections before this period ends, that your electrician feels are necessary.

• Confirm that national electrical safety standards are met throughout the period that a tenant occupies your property.

• Ensure that an (EICR) is submitted to the relevant body in the national government, local council and tenant if needed.

All these electrical safety regulations apply to all landlords in England and aim to provide a safe living environment for all the people who access the rental property. On doing the inspection, you should take the initiative of fixing any serious or minor defects detected in the electrical installation of your property. All the electrical works done to reduce the hazards must also be included by the certified electrician, in the EICR. If there are no defects, the results of the electrical testing should also be recorded in the EICR.

So what exactly is an EICR?


EICR is the contraction of the Electrical Installation Condition Report, a formal document that is drafted following an assessment of the electrical installation condition in a property. A qualified and registered electrician should do the inspection and the drafting of the EICR.

Although the EICRs were not compulsory for landlords before, it is now a legal requirement in the private rented sector. You now must produce this document on inspection of your electrical installation every 5 years unless your qualified electrician advises you to do it sooner. Since there are penalties for non-compliant landlords, it would be best to complete EICR at least one month before it is required.

Although many landlords may take this seriously now because it is a legal requirement, you should know that EICR brings to you and your tenants’ peace of mind knowing that the property is electrically safe. Again, since many tenants now ask for this formal document before they agree to settle in a property, it goes a long way in determining your rental houses’ level of occupancy and hence your overall rental income.

The goals of the EICR are:


• To record the results of an inspection done by a registered electrician on you rental houses and to make sure that the electrical installations done there are safe to be used by the tenants until the next inspection is carried. This includes any repairs done during the inspection.

• To check for damages in the form of wear and tear in the fixed electrical installations that might affect tenants’ safety or the safety of any other person accessing the property.

• To find any component of the electrical installation that does not meet the IET wiring regulations.

• To identify any part in the electrical installation that may cause high temperatures or electrical shocks.

• To provide a record of the installations done at the time of the inspection and to provide a reference for the inspections that will be done in the future.

What to do if your property fails an EICR inspection?

In a case where there is a breach of safety standard as per the regulations of EICR, the fault should be identified by a certified electrician and it should be further investigated or fixed by a certified electrician within 28 days. Once all the work gets completed, there are certain things that need to be done by the landlord:

  • The landlord must obtain written confirmation from a certified electrician that the work has been carried out as per the electrical safety standards or all the safety requirements have been met and no further work is required.
  • Submit the written confirmation along with the copy of the original report specifying the work required to the local housing authority within 28 of completion of work.
  • Provide each resident of the property with the same written confirmation and the original report also within 28 days of completion of work.

This process must be repeated until all the electrical safety standards are completely satisfied.

The most straightforward way to stay on the safe side in the eyes of the tenants, your local authority and the government as a whole is hiring a certified electrician for all your electrical needs.

In this regard, we believe that at C&M Electrical Contractors, we have all it takes to be the most reliable electrical contractor in England, UK you can pick today. We pride ourselves in providing the best electrical services for homes and offices in and around Leicestershire at very competitive prices in the current market. Our team of qualified and experienced electricians performs the job with perfection to make sure you do not face any problem in the future. Please choose us and experience what premium electrical services in all the stages of design, installation inspection, and preparation of EICR means.

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As a landlord, part of the regular inspections you do in your property should go to electrical installations. We all know that faulty electrical installations pose a major risk of fires, electrical shocks and irreversible injuries to people accessing the property.

The government on learning about the risk some landlords who fail to maintain secure, safe and quality accommodation pose to their tenants have set standards and regulations to curb this. In terms of electrical installations, it is now a legal requirement for landlords in England to ensure that their property’s electrical installation is maintained in the safest condition possible.

If you are a Landlord in the UK, you should be aware that the government has set electrical safety regulations to:

• Ensure that with the help of a certified and registered electrician, you inspect the electrical wiring, plug sockets, fuse boxes or consumer units, the light fittings and other fixed electrical components in your rented property after every 5 years. This does not lock out inspections before this period ends, that your electrician feels are necessary.

• Confirm that national electrical safety standards are met throughout the period that a tenant occupies your property.

• Ensure that an (EICR) is submitted to the relevant body in the national government, local council and tenant if needed.

All these electrical safety regulations apply to all landlords in England and aim to provide a safe living environment for all the people who access the rental property. On doing the inspection, you should take the initiative of fixing any serious or minor defects detected in the electrical installation of your property. All the electrical works done to reduce the hazards must also be included by the certified electrician, in the EICR. If there are no defects, the results of the electrical testing should also be recorded in the EICR.

So what exactly is an EICR?


EICR is the contraction of the Electrical Installation Condition Report, a formal document that is drafted following an assessment of the electrical installation condition in a property. A qualified and registered electrician should do the inspection and the drafting of the EICR.

Although the EICRs were not compulsory for landlords before, it is now a legal requirement in the private rented sector. You now must produce this document on inspection of your electrical installation every 5 years unless your qualified electrician advises you to do it sooner. Since there are penalties for non-compliant landlords, it would be best to complete EICR at least one month before it is required.

Although many landlords may take this seriously now because it is a legal requirement, you should know that EICR brings to you and your tenants’ peace of mind knowing that the property is electrically safe. Again, since many tenants now ask for this formal document before they agree to settle in a property, it goes a long way in determining your rental houses’ level of occupancy and hence your overall rental income.

The goals of the EICR are:


• To record the results of an inspection done by a registered electrician on you rental houses and to make sure that the electrical installations done there are safe to be used by the tenants until the next inspection is carried. This includes any repairs done during the inspection.

• To check for damages in the form of wear and tear in the fixed electrical installations that might affect tenants’ safety or the safety of any other person accessing the property.

• To find any component of the electrical installation that does not meet the IET wiring regulations.

• To identify any part in the electrical installation that may cause high temperatures or electrical shocks.

• To provide a record of the installations done at the time of the inspection and to provide a reference for the inspections that will be done in the future.

What to do if your property fails an EICR inspection?

In a case where there is a breach of safety standard as per the regulations of EICR, the fault should be identified by a certified electrician and it should be further investigated or fixed by a certified electrician within 28 days. Once all the work gets completed, there are certain things that need to be done by the landlord:

  • The landlord must obtain written confirmation from a certified electrician that the work has been carried out as per the electrical safety standards or all the safety requirements have been met and no further work is required.
  • Submit the written confirmation along with the copy of the original report specifying the work required to the local housing authority within 28 of completion of work.
  • Provide each resident of the property with the same written confirmation and the original report also within 28 days of completion of work.

This process must be repeated until all the electrical safety standards are completely satisfied.

The most straightforward way to stay on the safe side in the eyes of the tenants, your local authority and the government as a whole is hiring a certified electrician for all your electrical needs.

In this regard, we believe that at C&M Electrical Contractors, we have all it takes to be the most reliable electrical contractor in England, UK you can pick today. We pride ourselves in providing the best electrical services for homes and offices in and around Leicestershire at very competitive prices in the current market. Our team of qualified and experienced electricians performs the job with perfection to make sure you do not face any problem in the future. Please choose us and experience what premium electrical services in all the stages of design, installation inspection, and preparation of EICR means.

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There comes a time in your life that you will think of owning property. There are a few tips and tricks that you will need to have in mind when buying property. Below are some of the tips that you need to take into consideration, in terms of electricity, when buying property.

Do not buy a property without an electrical certificate. 

You should know that this is the number one golden rule in buying property. You should never buy a property that does not have an electrical report or certificate. Surveys have shown that moving houses comes with a lot of work and stress. And with all that, you will find that some things are overlooked or may get ignored or missed. However, you must not forget to ask for an electrical certificate when buying the property. As a home buyer, you need an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is an 8-page report that highlights the condition of the installation. It also has to have a quotation to bring the installation up to regulation BS7671.

Ensure that the plugs and cables are in good condition.

When buying property, it is important to check ALL the plugs and cables. Make sure that they are not damaged. This could be a sign of loose electrical wiring or other electrical problems. If you think that something needs changing, then fix it immediately. Do not wait because electrical accidents are very dangerous and fatal. You should also note that you need a professional electrician to check that. 

Be on the lookout for any coloured wires sticking out, this can lead to an electrical shock when touched with bare hands.

Make sure that no coloured wire is between the plugs and the power leads. Also, do not overload sockets as this could lead to overheating.

Check that the light fixtures are not visibly damaged and are in good working condition.

Many people expose themselves and their loved ones to the dangers of fatal electrical accidents because of small mistakes like a lack of knowledge about the dangers of electricity. It is very important to ensure that the electrical installation in your property is well maintained and looked at by a registered electrician, they should be able to check if the installation is safe.

There are, however, some checks that you can make on your own. They include: 

▪ Ensure that you have RCD protection in the fuse box

▪ Ensure no plugs and sockets are damaged

▪ Do not store flammable materials around the fuse box or any electrical intake.

▪ Check if the visible cables and leads are in good condition

▪ Never put cables under rugs or carpets

▪ Do not use the top of the microwave as storage

▪ Don’t overload sockets

▪ Ensure to switch off electrical items when not in use.

Ensure that the key electrical regulations are followed

These regulations include: sockets should be a minimum of 450mm from the floor. The light witches must also be a maximum of1.2m above the floor. These height regulations are supposed to reduce back strain for the physically challenged. However, these regulations don’t apply to kitchens and garages for obvious reasons. Other regulations stipulate that you should run cables vertically or horizontally across walls. Do not run the cables diagonally.

The fuse board should be kept in a metal enclosure

An investigation by the London Fire Brigade has revealed that household fires are mainly caused by plastic consumer-units. The accidents have occurred so because of substandard cable connections by incompetent electricians in the consumer unit. Therefore, all consumer units must be kept in a non-combustible enclosure material.

Understand the circuits

A circuit is a path where electric current flow. You will have separate circuits for the lighting downstairs, upstairs, and sockets for both upstairs and downstairs. This is beneficial because for example, the upstairs lighting trips due to a fault, the downstairs lighting will not be affected. Therefore, you won’t be in total darkness. 

Dampness

Check for dampness on the property. Some property is built over a swamp or very mushy areas. This will affect the electrical supply when the dampness starts seeping through your walls. Most electric cables are installed on walls and when that water starts seeping in, then that will cause a very big problem for you. Do not buy a property built in swampy areas. Not only is it unsafe when electricity is involved but also it will cause molds to grow and which is hazardous to your health.

Light appliances and components

All ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted light fixtures must be secured well into place. If they are hanging loose, this can be dangerous to you and your family. All bulbs should be checked for correct wattage. If this is ignored then there is a chance of overheating and burning of objects nearby like a newspaper or a bedsheet.

Electrical outlets should be in good working condition

A licensed electrician should look at this and certify that the electric outlets within the property are working properly. The outlets must not have any physical defects. They must have proper tension and must be grounded.

Test smoke alarms and do a safety switch testing

Activate the smoke alarm to ascertain if it’s working or not. If not, you need to call in your electrical to look at it and fix it. Smoke alarms are so important in case of fire outbreaks. They will detect the smoke and immediately go off. For example, a fire may occur due to an electrical fault. The smoke detector will help to alarm you to get to safety before it’s too late.

These steps may seem too much, but they are all essential especially for your safety and that of your family. So, before buying property, ensure that all electrical problems are addressed and sorted, that way, you will be safe.

In conclusion, making sure that the electrical concerns are tended to before buying a house is an important step like any other steps you would take to own that property that you like.C & M electrical contractors makes sure that these electrical concerns are taken care of. It was set up in Leicester in 2005 and only small domestic electrical jobs were done then but it turned into a NICEIC approved contractor firm and that too in less than 2 years of time. Electrical work for homeowners/ businesses/ schools and colleges/ property management companies is carried out by us across the midlands. You will be provided all the support you need so don’t forget to contact us here.

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There comes a time in your life that you will think of owning property. There are a few tips and tricks that you will need to have in mind when buying property. Below are some of the tips that you need to take into consideration, in terms of electricity, when buying property.

Do not buy a property without an electrical certificate. 

You should know that this is the number one golden rule in buying property. You should never buy a property that does not have an electrical report or certificate. Surveys have shown that moving houses comes with a lot of work and stress. And with all that, you will find that some things are overlooked or may get ignored or missed. However, you must not forget to ask for an electrical certificate when buying the property. As a home buyer, you need an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is an 8-page report that highlights the condition of the installation. It also has to have a quotation to bring the installation up to regulation BS7671.

Ensure that the plugs and cables are in good condition.

When buying property, it is important to check ALL the plugs and cables. Make sure that they are not damaged. This could be a sign of loose electrical wiring or other electrical problems. If you think that something needs changing, then fix it immediately. Do not wait because electrical accidents are very dangerous and fatal. You should also note that you need a professional electrician to check that. 

Be on the lookout for any coloured wires sticking out, this can lead to an electrical shock when touched with bare hands.

Make sure that no coloured wire is between the plugs and the power leads. Also, do not overload sockets as this could lead to overheating.

Check that the light fixtures are not visibly damaged and are in good working condition.

Many people expose themselves and their loved ones to the dangers of fatal electrical accidents because of small mistakes like a lack of knowledge about the dangers of electricity. It is very important to ensure that the electrical installation in your property is well maintained and looked at by a registered electrician, they should be able to check if the installation is safe.

There are, however, some checks that you can make on your own. They include: 

▪ Ensure that you have RCD protection in the fuse box

▪ Ensure no plugs and sockets are damaged

▪ Do not store flammable materials around the fuse box or any electrical intake.

▪ Check if the visible cables and leads are in good condition

▪ Never put cables under rugs or carpets

▪ Do not use the top of the microwave as storage

▪ Don’t overload sockets

▪ Ensure to switch off electrical items when not in use.

Ensure that the key electrical regulations are followed

These regulations include: sockets should be a minimum of 450mm from the floor. The light witches must also be a maximum of1.2m above the floor. These height regulations are supposed to reduce back strain for the physically challenged. However, these regulations don’t apply to kitchens and garages for obvious reasons. Other regulations stipulate that you should run cables vertically or horizontally across walls. Do not run the cables diagonally.

The fuse board should be kept in a metal enclosure

An investigation by the London Fire Brigade has revealed that household fires are mainly caused by plastic consumer-units. The accidents have occurred so because of substandard cable connections by incompetent electricians in the consumer unit. Therefore, all consumer units must be kept in a non-combustible enclosure material.

Understand the circuits

A circuit is a path where electric current flow. You will have separate circuits for the lighting downstairs, upstairs, and sockets for both upstairs and downstairs. This is beneficial because for example, the upstairs lighting trips due to a fault, the downstairs lighting will not be affected. Therefore, you won’t be in total darkness. 

Dampness

Check for dampness on the property. Some property is built over a swamp or very mushy areas. This will affect the electrical supply when the dampness starts seeping through your walls. Most electric cables are installed on walls and when that water starts seeping in, then that will cause a very big problem for you. Do not buy a property built in swampy areas. Not only is it unsafe when electricity is involved but also it will cause molds to grow and which is hazardous to your health.

Light appliances and components

All ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted light fixtures must be secured well into place. If they are hanging loose, this can be dangerous to you and your family. All bulbs should be checked for correct wattage. If this is ignored then there is a chance of overheating and burning of objects nearby like a newspaper or a bedsheet.

Electrical outlets should be in good working condition

A licensed electrician should look at this and certify that the electric outlets within the property are working properly. The outlets must not have any physical defects. They must have proper tension and must be grounded.

Test smoke alarms and do a safety switch testing

Activate the smoke alarm to ascertain if it’s working or not. If not, you need to call in your electrical to look at it and fix it. Smoke alarms are so important in case of fire outbreaks. They will detect the smoke and immediately go off. For example, a fire may occur due to an electrical fault. The smoke detector will help to alarm you to get to safety before it’s too late.

These steps may seem too much, but they are all essential especially for your safety and that of your family. So, before buying property, ensure that all electrical problems are addressed and sorted, that way, you will be safe.

In conclusion, making sure that the electrical concerns are tended to before buying a house is an important step like any other steps you would take to own that property that you like.C & M electrical contractors makes sure that these electrical concerns are taken care of. It was set up in Leicester in 2005 and only small domestic electrical jobs were done then but it turned into a NICEIC approved contractor firm and that too in less than 2 years of time. Electrical work for homeowners/ businesses/ schools and colleges/ property management companies is carried out by us across the midlands. You will be provided all the support you need so don’t forget to contact us here.

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Commercial electrical works refer to electric projects carried out in commercial buildings and industrial settings. Commercial electrical projects tend to be complex, and as such, require proper installation to prevent electrical hazards and observe safety regulations.

Due to their nature, these types of work require great expertise. You will need experienced commercial electrical contractors to carry out these tasks. Someone who understands the job well and will ensure the electrical system is well organised to smoothly power a commercial building.

Examples of Commercial Electrical Works

A commercial electrician can be done in various commercial settings including offices, retail premises, warehouse facilities, and clubs, just to name a few.

Typically, commercial electrical services will cover:

  • Lighting Installation
  • Electronic system periodic testing and inspection
  • Fire detection system installation
  • Emergency lighting systems
  • Energy-efficient system
  • Appliance installations
  • Electronic renovations
  • Electronic hot water systems

Maintenance of commercial electrical Systems

When it comes to the set-up of commercial and residential electrical systems they are not much different in the way they are operated; each of them requires expertise and skills to run effectively. 

Commercial electrical systems are more complex since the components needed to run a large building are numerous and require the services of skilled personnel only. These tasks include the rewiring and installing of the commercial systems as well as maintenance to ensure it’s safe for all users. All these are complex systems that require the services of qualified and experienced professional electricians so that they can handle them correctly. 

Owners of commercial properties should understand more about the components of commercial electrical systems to enable them to choose an electrician who will align with their interests.

Repairing commercial electrical works

At times your electrical system may look fine on the outside but in reality, it has an underlying problem. The majority of electric failures are caused by improper maintenance. For instance, a commercial system may be exposed to harsh weather, wear, and tearing which, over time, will lead to overloading and subsequent damage to this equipment. But with good maintenance, the equipment will remain in a good condition for a long time while also giving you the essential services you need.

On the other hand, some components of your commercial system may break at times. This occurs mostly due to poor maintenance leading to unchecked or missed problems that can lead to system failure. These failures can cause massive disruptions in the workplace and pose potential dangers to the employees and other individuals. Therefore, you hire only qualified electricians to take charge of your issue while reducing the risk to human life and property. 

Some of the signs that show a flaw in your commercial system are:

  1. Electrical surges 
  2. The light bulbs burning out quickly
  3. Power dips and sags  

What is an industrial electrician?

 An industry electrician can work in many environments, and they help to install, repair, and maintain electronic equipment. Based on the nature of their employer, they can be stationed at a job site, plants, or with direct clients. Since their job is physically demanding, they must be well trained and versed in operating various tools even when close to electrical components. 

They must also understand various documents such as blueprints, instructions, and schematics and make decisions based on them. Industrial electricians are hired by commercial electrical contractors and various maintenance departments of shipyards, mines, and other industries establishments. 

Commercial electrician vs Domestic electrician

 As their name implies, domestic electricians work in homes while commercial electricians work in offices and throughout the industrial sectors installing lighting and power outlets. While domestic electricians follow a one-phase approach during installation, commercial electricians have to adhere to a three-phase approach with two smaller legs of lower voltages and a larger leg of higher voltage. 

Commercial vs. Domestic electrical works

There are many differences between commercial and electric works based on the equipment setup, load demands, and energy needs. These processes have different procedures, technicians, and materials to complete them. Or simply, a commercial electrician cannot handle the work of a residential electrician, and vice versa is also true. Other differences fall in:

  • Power

Residential and commercial properties have varying electrical loads. A residential home only needs one 120V power phase consisting of three wires: positive, neutral, and negative. Some homes have heavy appliances such as refrigerators and dryers require higher energy, and their electricity is supplied in a two-phase circuit that delivers 240V

On the other hand, commercial power supply involves a three-phase system which provides them with the much needed higher energy. This design incorporates a larger leg with 240V and two smaller legs with 120V. this entire phase ensures maximum efficiency of the heavy machines while also ensuring the smaller appliances do not get power overloads.

  • Wiring

Also, there is a difference in the type of wiring used in residential and commercial properties. residential properties use plastic-sheathed wires that protect them from damage. The priority on them is safety but they are also thinner as they have to fit into smaller spaces. On the other hand, commercial buildings require thicker and high-grade wires since they are conducting a large amount of power. Heavy-duty, tube-like conduits are therefore used that enhances safety, ease of access, and wiring protection. Also, commercial wires are more insulated than residential wires to offer them premium protection from corrosive liquids and gases.

  • Installation and accessibility’

  Technicians usually conduct wiring in a residential home before the drywall to prevent the exposure of the wires and pipes behind the property’s walls. These residential technicians also do this since maintenances are rare in this setting and therefore, they ensure they install everything correctly. Additionally, homeowners do not want the wires to be visible after the installation as it presents a danger to their kids and pets. They should therefore pick a qualified and professional technician so that they won’t have to revert to the drywall to do some repairs. 

On the other hand, technicians in commercial homes know that the wires will be under a lot of pressure once they are installed, which can make them wear out faster. That is why they ensure that the wiring will be easily accessible to facilitate updates or repairs when needed. Therefore, they use ducting or conduits during their installations.

At C&M Electricals, we have a team of certified and licensed technicians and professionals to carry out all sorts of commercial electrical works with ease and in a short span of time. Our team of technicians has a quick response time and is always available for your service. Get in touch if you are looking for an experienced electrician for your commercial electrical works.

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Commercial electrical works refer to electric projects carried out in commercial buildings and industrial settings. Commercial electrical projects tend to be complex, and as such, require proper installation to prevent electrical hazards and observe safety regulations.

Due to their nature, these types of work require great expertise. You will need experienced commercial electrical contractors to carry out these tasks. Someone who understands the job well and will ensure the electrical system is well organised to smoothly power a commercial building.

Examples of Commercial Electrical Works

A commercial electrician can be done in various commercial settings including offices, retail premises, warehouse facilities, and clubs, just to name a few.

Typically, commercial electrical services will cover:

  • Lighting Installation
  • Electronic system periodic testing and inspection
  • Fire detection system installation
  • Emergency lighting systems
  • Energy-efficient system
  • Appliance installations
  • Electronic renovations
  • Electronic hot water systems

Maintenance of commercial electrical Systems

When it comes to the set-up of commercial and residential electrical systems they are not much different in the way they are operated; each of them requires expertise and skills to run effectively. 

Commercial electrical systems are more complex since the components needed to run a large building are numerous and require the services of skilled personnel only. These tasks include the rewiring and installing of the commercial systems as well as maintenance to ensure it’s safe for all users. All these are complex systems that require the services of qualified and experienced professional electricians so that they can handle them correctly. 

Owners of commercial properties should understand more about the components of commercial electrical systems to enable them to choose an electrician who will align with their interests.

Repairing commercial electrical works

At times your electrical system may look fine on the outside but in reality, it has an underlying problem. The majority of electric failures are caused by improper maintenance. For instance, a commercial system may be exposed to harsh weather, wear, and tearing which, over time, will lead to overloading and subsequent damage to this equipment. But with good maintenance, the equipment will remain in a good condition for a long time while also giving you the essential services you need.

On the other hand, some components of your commercial system may break at times. This occurs mostly due to poor maintenance leading to unchecked or missed problems that can lead to system failure. These failures can cause massive disruptions in the workplace and pose potential dangers to the employees and other individuals. Therefore, you hire only qualified electricians to take charge of your issue while reducing the risk to human life and property. 

Some of the signs that show a flaw in your commercial system are:

  1. Electrical surges 
  2. The light bulbs burning out quickly
  3. Power dips and sags  

What is an industrial electrician?

 An industry electrician can work in many environments, and they help to install, repair, and maintain electronic equipment. Based on the nature of their employer, they can be stationed at a job site, plants, or with direct clients. Since their job is physically demanding, they must be well trained and versed in operating various tools even when close to electrical components. 

They must also understand various documents such as blueprints, instructions, and schematics and make decisions based on them. Industrial electricians are hired by commercial electrical contractors and various maintenance departments of shipyards, mines, and other industries establishments. 

Commercial electrician vs Domestic electrician

 As their name implies, domestic electricians work in homes while commercial electricians work in offices and throughout the industrial sectors installing lighting and power outlets. While domestic electricians follow a one-phase approach during installation, commercial electricians have to adhere to a three-phase approach with two smaller legs of lower voltages and a larger leg of higher voltage. 

Commercial vs. Domestic electrical works

There are many differences between commercial and electric works based on the equipment setup, load demands, and energy needs. These processes have different procedures, technicians, and materials to complete them. Or simply, a commercial electrician cannot handle the work of a residential electrician, and vice versa is also true. Other differences fall in:

  • Power

Residential and commercial properties have varying electrical loads. A residential home only needs one 120V power phase consisting of three wires: positive, neutral, and negative. Some homes have heavy appliances such as refrigerators and dryers require higher energy, and their electricity is supplied in a two-phase circuit that delivers 240V

On the other hand, commercial power supply involves a three-phase system which provides them with the much needed higher energy. This design incorporates a larger leg with 240V and two smaller legs with 120V. this entire phase ensures maximum efficiency of the heavy machines while also ensuring the smaller appliances do not get power overloads.

  • Wiring

Also, there is a difference in the type of wiring used in residential and commercial properties. residential properties use plastic-sheathed wires that protect them from damage. The priority on them is safety but they are also thinner as they have to fit into smaller spaces. On the other hand, commercial buildings require thicker and high-grade wires since they are conducting a large amount of power. Heavy-duty, tube-like conduits are therefore used that enhances safety, ease of access, and wiring protection. Also, commercial wires are more insulated than residential wires to offer them premium protection from corrosive liquids and gases.

  • Installation and accessibility’

  Technicians usually conduct wiring in a residential home before the drywall to prevent the exposure of the wires and pipes behind the property’s walls. These residential technicians also do this since maintenances are rare in this setting and therefore, they ensure they install everything correctly. Additionally, homeowners do not want the wires to be visible after the installation as it presents a danger to their kids and pets. They should therefore pick a qualified and professional technician so that they won’t have to revert to the drywall to do some repairs. 

On the other hand, technicians in commercial homes know that the wires will be under a lot of pressure once they are installed, which can make them wear out faster. That is why they ensure that the wiring will be easily accessible to facilitate updates or repairs when needed. Therefore, they use ducting or conduits during their installations.

At C&M Electricals, we have a team of certified and licensed technicians and professionals to carry out all sorts of commercial electrical works with ease and in a short span of time. Our team of technicians has a quick response time and is always available for your service. Get in touch if you are looking for an experienced electrician for your commercial electrical works.

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