Fulcher Edwards Ltd is an established family run company with 30 years experience in electrical services. We are NICEIC, Part P, Trust Mark & SafeContractor approved and work to current British Standards which gives you peace of mind that we are capable in helping with your electrical requirements however big or small. Covering London and surrounding areas.
Your bathroom is
one of the most important rooms in your home that the whole family
use on a daily basis. Spend a day without one and you will see why!
Any householder who has had a replacement bathroom fitted in their
home will know where we are coming from here.
we see many dangerous risks being taken in bathrooms and particularly
where new bathrooms have been installed, the electrics in the
bathroom are often overlooked either through oversight or lack of
Don't forget your electrics in
your new bathroom
When you plan a
new bathroom, do consider the electrical aspect. Particular
attention needs to be given to the light fittings especially if they
are located above a shower or bath. Also remember that sockets are
not allowed around baths, basins, and showers. Switches need to be
located outside of the bathroom or alternatively a pull cord switch
within the bathroom.
surrounding electrical fittings within bathrooms are quite complex
and we always strongly recommend calling registered London electrical contractors to come and take a look and to advise what your options
are, or indeed whether you need to upgrade your current electrical
fittings to comply with the latest electrical regulations.
If you are in
the process of designing your new bathroom, we have put together a
handy electrical check list which you may find useful. It will
ensure you and your family’s safety when using what could be the
most dangerous room in your home.
and electricity do not mix and electrical accidents can take you
unawares in the bathroom if you are not aware of some essential dos
and don’t s.
What you should know about your
are not allowed at all in bathrooms (with the exception of shaver
supply sockets) unless they can be fitted more than 3 metres away
from the bath or shower.
domestic electrician in London will take care to ensure your shaver
supply socket is installed in a safe location in your bathroom away
enclosed light fitting is a much better option than a normal pendant
fitting in a bathroom. If you do opt for a pendant fitting it must
be well away from water sources and out of the reach of anyone using
the bath or shower. Remember water and electricity are a lethal
ceiling mounted pull cord made of insulating material is the safest
option for your bathroom. Switches are not advised due to the danger
of touching them with wet hands. Do remember to dry your hands first
before using any switches.
heating is the best method of heating your bathroom. If you use an
electric heater it must be plugged in at least 3 metres away from
your bath and shower.
Gas and electric heaters must otherwise be fixed and permanently wired and
preferably operated with a pull cord or switch located outside the
must be supplied on their own circuit direct from the consumer unit.
portable electrical appliances into your bathroom under any
circumstances. Such appliances include hair dryers, heaters and
radios. Electricians can install a fixed hair dryer with hot hair
delivered through a flexible pipe if you like to dry your hair in the
bathroom. You can also use a shower radio too which ensures you stay
pays to use an electrician
your own safety we recommend calling on an electrician to carry out electrical work in London. You will have peace of mind that your
bathroom electrics are installed safely. It is very easy to splash a
pendant accidentally with water from a shower.
makes sense to finish off your bathroom nicely too. It is costly
installing a new bathroom and dangerous electrics can really take the
shine off what is a major home improvement. The cost of using an
NICEIC electrician in London will be far cheaper than trying to do it
yourself and then have to call an electrician to put the job right.
When we get
calls from customers requesting an NICEIC electrician on London, we
get asked on several occasions if their job is big enough to call in
also carry out work where an electrical problem has been left for far
too long and has caused expensive damage to the property.
So as London electrical contractors, what jobs do you think we get called to most
often? Contrary to popular belief we do not very often get called
out to high profile 'the lights have gone out jobs' it's the lower
profile jobs that we attend to in our domestic work that sees us
carrying out a range of electrical services across London on a daily
Is my problem significant?
who carries out domestic work will be well used to hearing the
question over the phone “is my problem big enough for you” Our
reply to the question incidentally is that if something electrical is
concerning you, it is always better to call an electrician. Better
to be safe than be sorry.
Our blog today
talks about the 5 most common reasons we are called out to customer
homes across London. If you have any similar problems in your home
then please do not hesitate to call us here at Fulcher Edwards for
Five common problems that need
attention from an electrician
in power levels/power fluctuations
you notice a change in power level on small appliances you are using,
this may be a sign of an electrical wiring problem in your home.
Most people first notice this when
they use more powerful appliances such as hair dryers. Before you
call an electrician, it is worth carrying out a visual inspection of
the appliance first to rule out any damage such as damaged flex and
lights, tripping of power
get several calls from our clients saying they have problems with the
lights going out or flickering lights but they can't find any obvious
problem. We think it is important to have an understanding of the
condition of your electrical system in your home. It is recommended
that home owners have an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition
Report) carried out at least once every 10 years. Over the years,
new circuits can be added and upgrades carried out and it is
important that your internal electrical wiring
is able to keep up with the additional demands placed on it. An EICR
can also determine if any areas of your electrical system are unsafe
and where improvements can be made. Over time internal cables can
deteriorate and flickering lights and persistent tripping are
definitely signs that all is not right.
electrical fittings required
recommend checking sockets and switches regularly for signs of wear
and tear. Cracks, breaks, scorch marks and smells of burning and
buzzing noises coming from sockets are all signs that all is not
well. If you notice this happening in your home switch off and
unplug the appliance immediately and consult a qualified registered
electrician. If your socket is broken and you can see the wiring
behind it or you have even a hairline crack on a switch, it can be
dangerous and it could give you an electric shock. Again stop using
it and call a London electrical contractor.
house holders use extension leads as a means of being able to plug
additional electrical items in. however, many people do not realise
that you cannot plug what you like into an extension lead and still
expect it to work! There is a brilliant socket
on the Electrical Safety Council website, you can use it to calculate
if the appliances you are using are overloading your extension lead.
Did you know that simply plugging in a kettle and toaster will
overload a 4 plug 13Amp
other note about extension leads, always use a bar extension lead
such as the one pictured in the socket overload calculator. Do not
use a multi plug adapter as these are unsafe.
sized shower cable
get this problem a lot when the customer has recently had a new
shower fitted. Remember if you purchase an electric shower, you will
need an electrician to power it up. Do not be tempted to do it
yourself or get the plumber to do it. It is very important that the
correct size cable is used for the shower Kw size. On several
occasions we have seen near misses where cables have melted causing
the shower casing to melt and set alight due to the wrong sized
cable. Remember that water and
electricity do not mix, so if a problem does occur, you are in double
All these points if left undetected
can cause fire in your home and risk of electrical shock – or worse
– if left unresolved. If you suspect an electrical problem in your
home, do not delay in calling out an electrician.
A small problem that will be easy
and cost effective to fix can escalate into a significant problem in
a short space of time. Remember electrical deterioration can happen
over a number of years before finally alerting you which means it is
important to act straight away.
Here at Fulcher Edwards, we work on
a daily basis in clients homes in and around London fixing typical
problems like those above. If you think we can help you, please do
not hesitate to get in touch!
clean is your kitchen was
one of the key messages given out over the Electrical Fire Safety
week which took place on the 23rd
electrical fires remaining one of the biggest cause of house fires in
recent years, the 2013 Electrical Fire Safety Week campaign,
concentrated on raising awareness of electrical fires in the home and
how easily they can start.
The kitchen is the culprit
may come as no surprise to learn that the biggest cause of electrical
fire in the home is in the kitchen, however it is not careless use of
chip pans any longer that bring the fire brigade to your home, it is
the general dirt and clutter found within the kitchen that is
'sparking' the fire (excuse the pun!)
we're not suggesting that your home is dirty (we know that would be
terribly rude!) however, there are several 'hidden dangers' within
all kitchens that could be causing an electrical fire risk without
even realising. Keeping a kitchen electrically safe goes a bit
further than washing the dishes and wiping the sides down everyday.
one likes the idea of more housework (especially us here at Fulcher
Edwards!) however with literally millions of grime fires which start
in UK kitchens, it might be worth checking our check list to ensure
that you are not unwittingly placing yourself at risk of fire by
making a simple error.
How are the fires starting?
fires are being fuelled by the build up of dust and grime that lies
undetected around key appliances in the kitchen such as cookers and
fridge freezers. Can you remember when you last cleaned behind your
fridge freezer and underneath your oven? You are not alone if you
can't remember, and many people are blaming a busy lifestyle for
overlooking additional cleaning tasks within the home. According to
a survey carried out by the Electrical Safety Council, two
fifths of survey respondents said they struggled to keep their house
clean and tidy particularly if they had young children of less than 5
Why are kitchens the focus of the
kitchen is the main
of electrical fires in the home. In 2012, more than half of all
house fires were caused by kitchen appliances (21,036 out of 37,061.)
Electricity is also responsible for the cause of 350,000 serious
injuries each year so it is really important to take the time to
clean around essential areas in your kitchen to avoid becoming a
one likes the idea of spending half their weekend cleaning....but
with the weather turning chillier it will be time well spent staying
warm, turning up the volume on the radio and going on a cleaning
spree in your kitchen.
on your oven first – do you have a build up of grime? This can
heat up and ignite. Don't forget to clean the outside and underneath
your oven. Grime can heat up and catch fire.
take a look behind your fridge freezer (or fridge and freezer) you
will see a build up of dust if you haven't cleaned there recently.
Allowing too much of this dust to build up can ignite a fire without
you realising – you could be asleep in bed at night or out at
work. Don't always assume you will be around to see it. If you are
like us, you will probably keep all manner of paperwork on the top
and this could also fall down the back too. Keep it clean and
prevent the worry. Also
carry out a defrost if you haven’t done one for a while.
you guilty of storing paperwork on the top of your microwave or tea
towels, or spice pots etc? Doing so can block up essential vents
that your microwave needs in order to operate safely. This means
that a fire could start when you are heating up a quick lunch in
your microwave or at the end of a long tiring day. Just what you
won't need! Keep vents free and don't be tempted to use your
microwave as a storage area.
you cleared out the crumb tray recently? Easy to overlook we know!
Crumbs, dust and grime can easily collect in a toaster and will heat
up with your bread as it toasts! Too much of a build up and you will
end up with more than just burnt toast.
should have a designated storage area such as hooks in the kitchen.
Don't be tempted to hang them on oven handles, on the microwave or
the fryer, It is all too easy to forget to remove them and they are
great sources of ignition. Many fires are caused by flammable
objects left near to hobs such as cloths, oven gloves, plastic bags
and packaging. Always keep flammable objects away from heat
things to check for
Plugs and sockets
Ensure these are not overloaded as
this can cause overheating. If you need more electrical sockets in
your kitchen, we recommend calling an NICEIC electrician in London
who would be happy to assist. In recent years, the need for
additional electrical sockets in kitchens has grown in order to
satisfy the need for the growing number of kitchen gadgets available
A working smoke alarm
Simply having a smoke alarm or 2 in
your home does not mean you are safe. You need to ensure your smoke
alarms are tested on a weekly basis to ensure they are working.
Although many now have a 10 year battery life or are mains powered,
you should not just rely on
that alone. Always test using the test button and ensure you can
hear the audible sound. Many people are testing their fire alarms on
a Tuesday thanks to an on going campaign known as 'test it Tuesday'.
You should also ensure the vents
remain free of dust to ensure they are working as they should. If
you have any concerns about your fire alarm, contact an electrician
who deals with fire alarm maintenance in London.
often should I have a deep cleaning session?
worry, we're not suggesting you know give up every weekend to your
kitchen, in fact the Electrical Safety Council says that doing a
thorough deep clean of your kitchen once a year is sufficient. It
is important though that old habits don't return and you keep all
vents free from clutter.
think it's a great and satisfying way of having a good pre Christmas
clean up – crickey did we just mention that word?!