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When it comes to dealing with all things electrical, then you should always enlist the services of a licensed electrician. As far as trades go, electricians are incredibly valuable in a variety of scenarios. They can diagnose, install, maintain and repair the electrical systems in your home.

From installing an electric shower to upgrading your plug sockets, or being on hand during an emergency to make the area safe - there’s no end of electrical services that you may need as a property owner at some point.

There are many different types of electricians you can hire depending on what the problem is.
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What does an Electrician do?

Electricians are responsible for ensuring the safety and connectivity of your electrical devices or wiring systems. They will install, maintain and repair electrics either within a residential or commercial setting.

Common reasons for calling out an electrician include requests for rewiring, fuse board installation, underfloor heating installation, LED lighting installation, electrical reports or general electrical problems around the home.

Often, an electrician will be called out to diagnose an electrical problem. They will find the root cause and put a plan of action in place to remedy it.

What to look for in an Electrician

The top priority is someone who is licensed for the particular work you need doing. Remember, the term ‘electrician’ covers a very wide umbrella of specialisms, so you’ll need to choose one that works in the field you need. It’s also a good idea to choose someone who is reliable and will turn up as promised.

Different types of Electrical specialists

Electricians often will specialise in a particular area, so it’s important to hire the right one for the job. Here are some of the most popular types of electricians.

  • Auto Electrician - Auto electricians are responsible for diagnosing and repairing electrical faults in vehicles. This includes cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, HGV’s and agricultural vehicles. They also fit new electronic components, parts or accessories. The processing involves rigorous testing and can be simple or complex depending on the nature of the fault.

  • Commercial Electrician- A commercial electrician works in environments such as schools, offices, hospitals and retail outlets. Their work involves installing lighting, electrical reports (EICR), PAT testing as well as general installation and maintenance work of electrical systems. Commercial electricians also work with landlords to ensure a building passes all the necessary safety tests.

  • Domestic Electrician - Domestic electricians work on projects around the home such as installing plug sockets, lighting, electric showers, hot tubs or larger jobs such as electrical rewiring. They may also work alongside other tradespeople including plumbers or builders.

  • Emergency Electrician - Do you have a safety concern with your electrics? Perhaps you can’t even get any electricity to begin with? Your first port of call will be an emergency electrician. While they tend to be more expensive, emergency electricians will see to your problem urgently, which is vital if there’s a serious issue that needs fixing.

How to check an Electrician's credentials

Every electrician should carry an I.D card that states their qualifications. They may also be registered with an official body such as the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA). Only certified electricians can carry out work in your home or commercial premises.

Can I get an Electrician online?

While it’s possible to find an electrician online that specialises in your issue, they’ll still need to meet with you in person to ascertain the scope of the job.

Who can call themselves an Electrician?

Only someone who has qualified from a recognised course in electrical engineering can call themselves an electrician. Given electricity is highly dangerous, you must never attempt to fix or install an electrical system yourself. Wherever possible, always look to hire a highly experienced electrician who works for a reputable company.

When can I get an Electrician?

Most electricians will work Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. While it’s possible to get an electrician at any time of the day, usually out of hours appointments are only served by emergency electricians. If you have an upcoming building project and you need an electrician, it’s good to book one in advance so that you get your first choice.

How do I know if I need Rewiring?

Given electrical wiring will age over time, it’s inevitable that at some point it will need replacing, and this is known as rewiring. You’re most likely due a rewire of your property if it’s been over 20 years since it was last done. If you’re living in a period property, then it’s certainly worth having an electrician come and assess whether your electrics are up to scratch or not.

Other signs you need rewiring include a persistent burning smell, scorched sockets or switches, fuses that regularly blow, flickering lights, electric shocks and exposed sockets. If something doesn’t seem right, then get an expert to check it for you.

How much does an Electrician cost?

Whether your electrician charges by the hour, a flat fee or a day rate will affect the cost of hiring one. For emergency callouts, the figure could be much higher. The scope of the job will also impact the price, especially if a full rewiring is required.
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Who is SM electrical services? SM electrical services are a passionate small business that is all about exceeding your expectations. With the highest quality of work being carried out in every single one of our jobs, we can ensure you'll be happy with the service and the outcome of the job, each time. As a business we pride ourselves on the fact that we have a solution only mentality, giving our team the edge to complete the more difficult jobs! Why choose us? The SM electrical team are experts when it comes to domestic installations. With our efficient and organised manner of work we can carry out any task that is set to us, so whether that is a full rewire of a property or a simple light fitting change. Along with many of our clients, once you have witnessed first-hand, the care and detail that goes into our work, you will be confident you shall get the same service time and time again. What work do we undertake? We undertake most domestic installation work, which is listed below. We carry out a vast range of work so if you require something to be done that is not on the list, please give us a call or drop us an email as I'm sure it is something, we shall still be able to help with. • Full Home Rewires • Kitchen/ Bathroom Fit Outs • Extra Power & Lighting Points • Fuse Board Changes • LED Feature Lighting • Landlord Certification (EICR Reports) • Complete Out Building Installations • Complete New Builds/ Extensions

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What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is two things……

1) Meeting new and different people everyday, who all have a completely different life to the last client and getting to know them and their stories is fascinating.

2) Taking something old & messy and turning it into something new, neat and something to be proud of.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I was inspired to start my own business due to seeing how things were “traditionally” done and knowing I could do them ten times better.

Why should our clients choose you?

Clients should always consider us as we’re friendly, reliable, organised, professional, clean, neat, efficient, NICEIC registered electricians who implements passion and quality in every job, regardless of size.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

We have implemented a few things….

1) Me and the two other gentlemen that work along side me take lateral flow tests before we start our working day.

2) Before and after we enter a clients home we always sanitise our hands.

3) We always have our masks on when in a clients home, unless we’re working outside.

We’re more than happy to carry out any other measurements that make clients more comfortable, these are just our basic three procedures.

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Whilst it’s legal to complete small electrical works yourself, you’ll need to be certain that it complies with BS7671. If the work doesn’t meet this standard, you are breaking the law as well as putting your home at risk. If you decide to sell your home, you will be asked to provide certificates for any electrical work that has been done. You may be asked to pay for an inspection if you have done electrical work yourself.

The cost of hiring an electrician will depend on the type of work that needs doing and your location. The average hourly cost of hiring an electrician is £40 - £70 per hour. You’ll also find that electricians will charge more for emergency call outs compared to planned works. The best way to find out the cost of hiring an electrician is to request a quote from a professional.

If your fuse board has a wooden backing or cast-iron switches, this is a good sign that it is old and needs to be replaced. These fuse boxes typically don’t have RCDs – that’s a residual current device. An RCD will switch off your electricity automatically if a fuse blows, helping to prevent electric shocks. If you’re unsure whether your fuse board needs to be upgraded, it’s always best to contact an electrician to arrange an inspection.

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