More often than not, when it comes to small electrical works within our homes the DIY’er of the household will undertake the task. But for larger jobs, will find a qualified electrician. But what happens when you have work done and the person wasn’t qualified for the job?
It’s of the upmost importance you check who is carrying out work within your property.
Part P regulations state it is the landlord/owner’s responsibility to ensure that any electrical repairs are completely safe and don’t pose a danger to anyone within the property.
Recently we attended an electric shower which had ceased working and upon inspection was installed incorrectly, and consequently had caught fire. Lucky for the customer on this occasion, the fuse board tripped the power and only caused damage to the appliance.
When Part P was brought into legal effect, there was categorised jobs listed. The ones you should never undertake unless you are a qualified, certified electrician are as follows;
- Electrical Condition Inspection Reports (EICR)
- Running new circuits
- Installation of outdoor power or lights that runs off a mains supply
- Replacing old/damaged fuse boards
- Installing electric radiators and towel radiators which require a new circuit
- Installing additional sockets or lights switches as a spur from a ring main
- Re-wiring sockets and lights that are faulty & therefore causing the fuse to trip
- Installing home security entry systems
- Installing communal hallway smoke alarms or emergency lighting
The guidelines on what electrical work you can do is listed below, however it is recommended you are confident you can do the works.
- Replace light bulbs and plug fuses
- Replace like for like electric radiators & towel radiators
- Replace simple light fittings
- Reposition sockets and light switches as long as it doesn’t involve new wiring or circuits
- Make simple repairs to loose wirings in switches, light fittings or plugs
- Connect or disconnect appliances
- Replace existing sockets and switches
- Replace a door bell
- Replace a hard-wired smoke alarm
Before carrying out any electrical works on your home you should ensure you are legally allowed to, and if an electrician is required to ensure they are registered. If you are not confident in working with electrics we advise calling in a professional.