Business premises are an expensive investment for any company owner, not only bricks and mortar but also the valuable equipment contained within. With this in mind, it is surprising how many business owners continue to neglect regular electrical maintenance within their premises.
This type of negligence can be incredibly dangerous. Heavily used electrical equipment, in particular, is at risk of not only wear and tear but also overheating, which can lead to equipment damage and eventually equipment failure. This can be devastating for the operation of your business and its profits. Perhaps a more severe problem, like increasing the potential risk of a fire with possible fatalities because of poorly maintained electrical systems.
Because electrical systems and components are some of the most complex systems out there, you really shouldn’t try and fix problems yourself if you’re not qualified to. While some business owners feel they can complete electrical maintenance themselves, it’s much better to hire an electrician in Newcastle. Firstly, because proper inspection takes up much time which as a business owner, is very valuable. Most business owners will not have sufficient time to complete the extensive planning and reporting involved in electrical inspection and maintenance.
Contrastingly, electricians in Newcastle have in-depth knowledge of electrical systems regulations and know the signs to look for when inspecting an electrical system. For example, they know the signs of breakage, wear and tear, overheating, missing parts or loose fittings.
Electricians also have the formal qualifications needed for the repair, troubleshooting and maintenance of different types of electrical systems.
Regular Electrical Inspections Keep your Business Safe and Protected
Not having your electrical system regularly maintained puts you at all sorts of risks. So regularly schedule an inspection and maintenance to:
- Implement energy-saving measures. When inspecting your premises, a trained electrician will be able to suggest energy-saving measures like LED bulbs, high-efficiency motors for heavy-duty machinery, fans or pumps. These will help you save money on your energy bills.
- Keep your business up and running. Business success is reliant on vital equipment running correctly. When an electrician inspects your building, he or she can determine if any repairs need making. Finding such issues early can help prevent disruption further down the line. Repair is usually cheaper than replacement, especially with regards to things like CCTV.
- Keep your workforce safe. Electrical inspections allow early identification of hazards which can then be fixed. While equipment is a considerable asset within a business, it’s people are arguably even more so. Keep your staff safe while reducing your liability to damages.
- Protect your assets. A fire within a business can be devastating, not only putting employee safety at risk but also destroying entire premises and all of its expensive assets within. A high number of fires are down to electrical faults, so don’t be a statistic. Schedule your electrical maintenance soon.
- Keep your insurance valid. If you’re unlucky enough to experience a fire at your business, your insurance policy can become void if you haven’t had a recent electrical inspection. Protect yourself and your business by keeping your electrical inspection and maintenance record up to date.
- Prioritise maintenance and replacement. Maintaining and replacing equipment within your business may seem a daunting task. However, regular electrical maintenance can help you keep track of equipment that needs more investment, reducing the risk of a devastating breakdown. Ultimately, maintenance usually is cheaper than replacement. A card system or logbook can help you keep on top of this.
Things Electrician Newcastle Check While Completing an Inspection
Electricians will check installations according to the requirements outlined in BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations. This is completed as a ‘periodic inspection’ and involves the following:
- Checking earthing and bonding
- Making sure the control gear and switchgear is fit for purpose
- Ensuring all equipment is in a ‘serviceable’ state
- Checking the condition of the wiring
- Seeing whether residual current devices (RCDs) have been installed for sockets where outdoor equipment is plugged into
- Making sure cabling is adequately identified, and essential notices are present
- Checking for damage or wear and tear
- Making sure the electrical system remains suitable if the building has changed in use
These findings are then written up as an electrical installation condition report (EICR). If the condition of the wiring is ‘satisfactory’, no remedial work is suggested. However, if it is found to be ‘unsatisfactory’, several ‘actions to be taken’ will be recorded on a scale between 1 and 4 (1 being the most urgent).
How to Complete your Own Electrical Inspection
Although we always recommend qualified electricians to carry out your electrical maintenance, there are basic things you can do yourself. Including:
- Regularly clean panels using solvents and rags, so they’re free from dust and dirt
- Keep items at least three feet away from electrical panels
- Do not install electrical panels where they could come into contact with moisture and water
- Make sure rooms containing electrical panels don’t become too hot
- Visually inspecting your electrical panels for defects like loose wiring or corrosion
- Scheduling an electrical preventative maintenance program with your local electrician
- Call a qualified electrician to repair components rather than trying to do it yourself
When Did you Last Have your Electrical Equipment Maintained?
The main reasons why businesses should have regular electrical maintenance are that it:
- Helps you save money by identifying where energy-saving measures can be installed, cutting your bills down
- Lowers the risk of your business becoming inoperable due to equipment faults or fires
- Protects your staff from electric shock and fire while protecting your building from fire
- Keeps you organised with a full record of equipment that requires repair or replacement
With this in mind, it is possible to visually inspect your electrics. However, you should also have an electrician Newcastle to complete a periodic inspection from time to time, along with a full condition report. This is the only way to reap all of the benefits of an electrical inspection, as listed above.