ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE TIPS
NEVER FORCE A PLUG
If you find your plugs don’t fit into your sockets don’t attempt to force or adjust them in anyway. You can easily damage both the plug and socket not to mention making both systems extremely dangerous if used.
MAINTAIN PLUGS & SOCKETS
If you come across plugs or sockets that are loose or wobbly then it maybe best to change them for something new and more efficient.
KEEP CORD CLEAR
Don’t attempt to run cables around furniture or under carpets and rugs. Keep them clear and visible. They could become a hazard for trips and fires if not placed correctly.
We all know how curious children can be especially when they are young and like to investigate. You should take the necessary precautions to prevent young children from coming into contact with open plugs and sockets. You can buy simple covers for electrical outlets that can do this.
REPLACE FRAYED WIRING
If you find any electrical systems or appliances have become frayed with the wiring exposed then it is best to replace them in their entirety then to make repairs. Replacing the complete item is the safest way of ensuring that it wont become a hazard.
Tips to ensure electrical maintenance and safety
- Always have an emergency strategy in place and ensure all of the residents or staff can turn off power source in case of an emergency.
- Ensure water and electricity never mix by completely preventing and avoiding any possibilities of handling electric appliances around water, especially since this can prove to be a grave risk to life.
- Avert the overloading of electrical outlets and circuits and outlets by using power cords only when certain circuits can handle the resulting load.
- Always replace frayed or damaged wiring and limit the outdoor use of ordinary electrical wires or appliances, especially if they are not outdoor-approved.
- Maintain plugs and sockets at optimal performance levels by replacing any loose or otherwise damaged electric outlets with new and more efficient fittings.
- Label all the fuses and circuit breakers in a proper and legible manner.
- Avoid running electrical cables under or around carpets, furniture, or rugs, and ensure they stay clear and visible.
- Purposefully use electrical appliances for their specifically intended purposes.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and remember to examine periodically for battery replacement and the installation of new units upon expiration.
How to Choose The Right Commercial Electrician
Choose an Experienced Commercial Electrician
Electric work in the workplace tends to be both unique and complex, which is why it’s so important to work with an electrician who is well-trained in commercial projects. Before choosing a professional to work with, make sure to ask them about:
- their experience and knowledge
- whether they have proper licensing
- how many years they’ve been specialising in commercial electric works
Confirm Licensing and Insurance
Whenever you work with a commercial electrician, you MUST make sure that they have the correct licensing and insurance for the work they’ll be undertaking. Choosing a licensed and insured electrician means:
- you won’t be liable if the professional suffers any accidents or injuries on the job
- you won’t have to cover any damages if something goes wrong
- you’ll receive coverage if your electrician disappears before the job is completed
Ensure They Have Good Communication and Teamwork Skills
Unlike residential electric works, commercial construction projects typically involve a number of different professionals working together to achieve a common goal. This means that it’s crucial that your commercial electrician is able to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with other building professionals to produce the outcome you want.
Look For Resourcefulness
While many electricians are familiar with problems that can arise in a residential setting, the issues that arise on building sites, warehouses, and other workplace settings, tend to be somewhat different.
The workplace is an environment that is always shifting and changing, which is why a commercial electrician requires creativity and resourcefulness to handle any problem that can arise suddenly.
Tips for Growing Your Electrical Business in Lean Times
Pay attention to emerging trends
Investing a few dollars and a little bit of time to learn about solar and wind technologies, green building requirements, lean construction practices, and building information modeling (BIM) software can pay big dividends in relationship building. Going to a seminar on lean construction with your project team will not only improve your bottom line, but will also likely introduce you to some GCs you didn’t know before. Going through the LEED (green building) certification process will put you in the same room with architects and possibly building owners. Spending a bit of time learning about alternative energy and becoming an information source for your customers and potential customers will make a huge difference in how you are perceived.
Force open lines of communication
Educate everyone on selling the company and its full breadth of capabilities. Project managers and foremen should be comfortable talking with owner’s reps and GCs during a project. Open lines of communication often will result in hearing about upcoming project opportunities and being introduced to other potential customers and decision makers. Regularly communicating progress, problems, and solutions with your customers will instill the level of confidence necessary for strong relationships.
Survey your customers
Do your customers remember you six months after you’ve completed a project? If they do, is it in a positive manner? If you can’t answer this question, then ask them. People in general spend so much time “selling and telling” potential clients what they can do, they often forget to step back and listen.
Expand your reach via service offerings
The job is done and you’re out of there, right? Wrong! Warranty calls are one of the last things a contractor wants to hear about once a project is completed. Undoubtedly, it means something has gone wrong and the minimal profits you made on a job are now in jeopardy as you make repairs on your dime.
Leverage your design capabilities
In-house drawing and drafting capabilities can give you a competitive edge in negotiating projects. Value engineering and the ability to solve a customer’s problems through design and modifications (i.e., design-build) can be an even stronger selling point when developing relationships with architects, engineers, and owners. Almost every contractor is involved in the design in some way — even if it’s merely through a partnering initiative with a local electrical engineering firm. It’s your job to showcase these capabilities and work hard to expand them.
Essential Tips To Help Your Choose the Right Commercial Electrician
Assess Credentials and Training
While experience is a great indicator of capability and an essential requirement, it can also be useful to assess the training and credentials of a commercial electrician as well. Certain accreditations such as Diamond Certification can be an indicator that a contractor is well trained, highly rated and a leader in their field. At the minimum, you should ensure your electricians have industry appropriate training, as well as proper licensing, insurance and bonding. Above and beyond that, an exemplary electrician will have achieved further accreditation such as Diamond Certification and other industry and field specific recognition.
Look For Versatility and Resourcefulness
A commercial construction site is a busy place where the environment is rapidly shifting and changing. In order to adapt and work in this type of environment, your commercial electrician should be versatile and resourceful, able to work effectively in any situation. Changes in a commercial worksite are a day to day challenge, and a commercial electrician requires tenacity and creativity to make this changing environment work for them. While many electricians are familiar with the issues that might arise in a residential setting, the issues in commercial settings such as building sites, house and land development sites and in high-rise construction, are usually somewhat different and unique.
Communication and Teamwork
As previously mentioned, it is important that your commercial electrical contractor is able to successfully communicate and work with a varied and diverse team. Commercial construction projects often involve a number of different contractors and building professionals working together to achieve a common goal. As a part of commercial construction, it’s necessary for commercial electricians and other building professionals to effectively communicate and work together harmoniously to produce the ideal outcome. Assessing your electrical contractor’s ability to communicate and work as part of a team is an important aspect of choosing the right commercial electrician.
Check Reviews and References
You want to learn as much as you can about your commercial electrician before your hire them, to ensure you’re making the right choice. While word of mouth and recommendations were previously the best way to learn about an electrical contractor, now with online reviews, websites and references, you can easily learn even more about your electrician’s past projects, their client’s reviews and work portfolio. Check online reviews of your electrical contractor’s commercial work to assess how they completed their projects in the past. To get more specific feedback, you can also contact your commercial electrician directly to ask for references from past commercial projects that are similar to the current project you are undertaking. This can allow you to get a clear idea of the way your electrical contractor works on commercial projects and even give you the chance to speak directly with a past client.
Confirm Licensing and Insurance
Of course, when choosing a commercial electrician, it is absolutely essential that they hold the proper licensing and insurance for the work they will undertake. Choosing a licensed electrician means you avoid being liable for paying worker’s compensation if the electrician accidentally suffers any accident or injury on the worksite. Likewise, electrician insurance provides coverage to pay for damages if something goes wrong, while bonding (another form of insurance) provides coverage if your electrician disappears before the project is completed.