ABS Electrical Services - Electrical Contractor Dartford, Bexley, Kent

Domestic Services

ABS Electrical Services Ltd is an NICEIC approved electrical contractor and an NICEIC Domestic Installer which means that we comply with Part P of the Building Regulations for England.

We excel in all domestic electrical installations including electrical re-wiring, garden lighting, consumer units (fuse boards), security lighting and periodic inspections.

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  • Periodic Inspections
  • Complete Re-wires
  • Consumer Units / Fuse Boards
  • Security Lighting
  • Garden Lighting
  • Low Voltage lights
  • Part P Certified
  • NICEIC Domestic Installer Certified
  • Free Estimates

Electrical Safety Laws

NICIEC registered electricians have already helped to improve the standard of electrical work in the UK. A new electrical safety law has further enhanced the protection of homeowners and reduced the risk of electric shock when using electricity. The law, which applies to England and Wales aims to improve electrical safety in the home and prevent the number of accidents, which are caused by faulty electrical work.

The law requires an electrician registered with a government-approved scheme, such as NICEIC, to carry out most electrical work in the home. After completion of any work your NICEIC registered electrician will issue you with a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate to prove it meets the required standards of Part P.

You can only carry out electrical work yourself if you can inspect and test that it is safe for use. To comply with the law you must notify your local building control office before you begin any work and pay the appropriate fee for them to inspect the work.

Is the Wiring in your home Safe?

Government Statistics show unsafe electrical installation cause more than 750 serious accidents and 12,500 fires in homes each year.

Electrics in the home should be checked every ten years, because in less time than you may think, the electrics can become damaged or worn through general wear and tear. If the electrics in your house have been checked before, a notice will usually be fixed on or near the fuse board recommending the next inspection date.

If you are moving home, you need to know about the electrics in your new property. Be extra cautious if the property is old as it runs a higher risk of having faulty wiring.

An electrical survey known as a Periodic Inspection, looks for possible electric shock risks and fire hazards. We will carry out tests on wiring and fixed electrical equipment, identify any faulty electrical work and highlight if safety measures (such as bonding) are present in the bathroom. After the inspection we will give you an Electrical Survey Report (Periodic Inspection Report). The report identifies the overall condition of the all the electrics, stating whether it is satisfactory for continued use and any work which might need to be done.

Do you need a Rewire?

If you have had a Periodic Inspection and it has thrown up an unsatisfactory result, or if the wiring in your house is very old, you may need a rewire.

Things to think about:

  • Rewire first Decorate later A rewire can be a very messy job causing major disruptions to the household.
  • Prepare a brief of what you need.
  • Make a list of the number of sockets and lighting points you would like in each room.
  • If you want wires concealed and accessories flushed in ? make this very clear in your brief.
  • If you plan to buy your own light fittings and accessories check with our electricians to see if they are suitable.

When the rewire and other installations are completed we will give you an electrical installation certificate which confirms that the work has been carried out, inspected and tested in accordance with the BS 7671, national safety standard for electrical installations. Within 30 days of the work being completed you will receive an NICEIC certificate that confirms that the work complies with the Part P of the Building Regulations.

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Periodic Inspection Reporting Scheme (DPIR)

NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme for electrical contractors undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations to BS7671.

What is the Domestic Periodic Inspection Reporting (DPIR) scheme?

The NICEIC DPIR Scheme is designed to provide contractors that perform periodic inspection reporting in dwellings with independent recognition of their skills and to provide a definitive register of inspectors to householders, landlords and other specifiers.

Landlords in particular should ensure that regular periodic inspections are undertaken to ensure the safety of tenants is not compromised.

Periodic inspection is the inspection of the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify in order of priority any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.

A periodic inspection will:

  • Reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
  • Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in the installation
  • Identify any defective DIY electrical work
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding

Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe and a schedule of circuits is developed during the inspection.

Part P of the Building Regulations

Part P of the Building Regulation for England and Wales was introduced by the government in January 2005, with the aim of reducing the number of accidents in the home related to faulty electrical installations. It is now a legal requirement for electricians or individuals involved in carrying out domestic electrician work to comply with Building Regulations.

Most electrical installations carried out in a property are now notifiable ? so that the local authority building control must be notified prior to work being carried out. As ABS Electrical Services Ltd are registered with the NICEIC which is government-authorised, we can notify the local authority building control after the work has been completed.

For more information: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk.

Rako Lighting Systems

We also install Rako lighting systems which make the Smart Home dream a reality. Mood lighting systems offer the user the ability to recall a scene, or mood of lighting at the touch of a single button despite controlling multiple circuits and lamp types. Circuits are split to define zones and highlight room features and then programmed to suit the different uses of a space. Advanced programming features allow master off control from any keypad or maybe a button to create a welcome home scene. The addition of a TCM time-clock module provides 'Holiday Mode' security, timed events and astro dawn/dusk programming.

Push button systems allow two, or multi-way control and can be controlled from hand-held remotes, as well as the new generation of Smart phones. Digital communication means system integration is easily achievable, linking lighting to audio-visual, security and home controllers, including control of curtains, blinds and screens. Advanced technologies allow control of all light fittings, including the dimming of LED's fluorescent lighting and low voltage fittings, saving energy and increasing lamp life as lamps are dimmed.

Rako offers a number of installation options including wireless control for ease of installation and retro-fit applications. More complex projects may suit the wired network with centralised RAK units, or possibly combined systems giving a mix of both. The ability to offer wireless, wired or combined options means Rako can offer the best possible approach for any project and gives the safety net should cables be forgotten, or extra wall-plates be needed after walls are sealed.

Get in touch

Please feel free to contact us for quotations, domestic or commercial, large or small. Call 01322 402732 or email info@abs-elec.co.uk.

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