Book your FREE Gas Safety Check with Epic Global Group Ltd.

In celebration of Gas Safety Week (16th – 22nd September) we are offering everyone a free gas safety check of all their appliances in their home or business.

We would perform a full visual check of the heating system, advising if there was any further work required or if the system is in good working order. We would also check that you have a working carbon monoxide detector, installing one if necessary. We can also brief you of its features and maintenance requirements and demonstrate how to check that it’s in good working order. We will also be happy to provide you with additional advice on fire alarms and safety in your home or workplace.

*This offer is only available for UK homes and businesses. A 10% discount will be applied to all work that’s instructed as a result of the gas safety check.

How do I choose an Electrician?

Choosing an electrician either for a job in your home or for your business can be difficult – there are likely to be many electricians in your local area, and choosing the right one for you can prove challenging.

Here are a few tips which our clients have told us helped when choosing a contractor. Pick a few electricians from Google and use this checklist to help you decide:

1) What needs doing?

It might sound obvious, but having a clear scope of the job will help you and your contractor. If you can write it down even better – it will help you with comparing estimates and ensure all contractors are quoting for the same work.

2) Ask for an estimate of the works first

No-one wants to be surprised at the cost of the work once it has been completed, so ask a couple of electricians to give you an estimate for the work, based on your scope. This should be free of charge and gives you the first opportunity to meet a representative of the company.

3) Have they got relevant qualifications and certification

Almost one-third of Brits admitted to not using a registered electrician to save money (Electrical Safety first). Using an electrician which is registered with NICEIC will ensure that their work is regularly assessed, they are qualified to complete the work and they have insurance in place. The NIEIC have a checker you can use: https://www.niceic.com/householder/find-a-contractor

4) Health and Safety

Even domestic clients will be expected to ask their contractor about their awareness of health and safety risks and their track record in managing these risks. Commercial clients have further health and safety responsibilities for ensuring the safety of employees, the public and contractors. Look for a recognised Health and Safety accreditation such as CHAS to give you the peace of mind your contractor will keep you safe.

5) Reviews and Testimonials

Do you know anyone that has used the company and can provide a testimonial? Take a look at review sites such as Trust Pilot or Google Reviews to see what other customers have said about working with the company. A recent survey found that 30% of UK adults said they had to fix poor quality electrical work with an average repair bill of £750 (Electrical Safety First) – accepting a cheaper quote may not be cheaper in the long run.

If you are looking for an electrician, plumber or heating specialist give Epic Global Group a call today.

What do I need to know about an EICR?

 

How do you know the electrics in your property are safe? One step is to ask a qualified electrician to produce an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) which assesses the condition of the electrics and gives peace of mind to both landlords, tenants and homeowners.

Rented properties must have their electrics checked at least every 5 years, or when a tenancy ends in the middle of a 5 year period to ensure that the electrics are safe and won’t cause any potential hazards for future tenants.
New regulations were introduced earlier this year to improve the safety of the private sector rental market.

What is checked during the assessment?

Epic Global uses the method recommended by the leading governing body for electricians, NICEIC.
The inspection covers a number of observations in line with regulations which will allow the electrician to assess various aspects of the electrical systems for safety. The inspection will also include recommendations for improvement which might be necessary or beneficial to improve the safety of the property.

During the visit we will test and inspect these items:

  • Consumer Unit (main fuse board)
  • Sockets
  • Plugs
  • Light fittings
  • Light switches
  • Electrical cables within the structure of the building.
  • Earthling and bonding
  • Signs of wear and tear
  • Visible signs of burning/scorching or damage from other outside influences.
  • RCD protection around the home.

Our electricians are qualified to relevant BS 7671 standards and have years of experience giving them the competence to carry out an EICR on your property.

NICEIC produce a factsheet for homeowners which can be downloaded here:
https://www.niceic.com/www.niceic.com/media/PDF/FactSheet-Electrics-A4-4pp.pdf

If you are a Landlord or Tenant worried about the electrical safety of your property, get in touch with us today.