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Fully qualified electrician with 15 years experience providing top quality service.

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Reviewed by Amar on 28/3/2020

Highly recommend. Great service; quick and clean

Andrews Electrical Solutions 30 years experienced electricians all electrical work undertaken

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Reviewed by Margaret on 9/2/2020

Mark came out to price the job gave us a very over priced amount, said he would email the amount to us and we never heard any more.

JS SPARKS LTD are focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. We are sure you'll be happy working with us. Please contact us if you have any questions about our small family business.

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Reviewed by nicola on 15/3/2020

Further to my original rating and review, there were some outstanding bits of work that Jamie was going to complete. Despite arranging this several times we are still waiting, over two months later, for him to return to complete the job.

Electrical contractors. Domestic Commercial and Industrial We offer a wide range of services from additional sockets, fitting lights to complete rewires. We offer landlord inspections and testing as well as a 24 hour callout service. Cctv, fire alarms, burglar alarms, electrical heating, smart home installs

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Reviewed by Paul on 13/3/2017

Turned up on time, got the job done. Would definitely use again.

We cover all areas inside M25 of London and offer a friendly reliable service. We are Part P Registered Company. Our registration is with NICEIC who are the largest electrical governing bodies in the country. We also specialise in house improvement , decorating, kitchen installation and full bathroom refurbishment,.

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Reviewed by Frank on 27/3/2020

I first chose T&K just to do a complete electrical rewiring and refit in my 1-bedroom flat in SW10, but it turned out that they could also replace my kitchen, install new wood flooring and skirtings throughout the flat, then completely redecorate, for all of which they provided reasonable and well-itemised quotes. They completed all of the work to a high standard within 15 working days, and kept within their estimates apart from a few minor and agreed extras. A well-deserved top rating for T&K from me.

POWERTEC electrical contractors, NIC EIC Approved contractors, Part P Approved, Fully insured 20 years experience, Fully qualified friendly and reliable service, covering London, greater London,surrey, middlesex All aspects of electrical work undertaken

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Reviewed by Liz on 19/8/2019

Very good all round

All kind of building works undertaken,quality guaranteed.

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Reviewed by Sam on 6/3/2020

Kris did an excellent job fitting our new garden gate - he was prompt, and had to solve an issue with the existing gate post not being high enough. We were really pleased with the end result - and would highly recommend Kris.

We are a Father & Son business, established 1990, based in the South Side of Glasgow.

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Reviewed by Lynsey on 30/3/2020

Highly recommend

Hi Customer We are a well established and reliable Electrical Contracting company with our Electricians delivering excellent customer care to our new customers and existing customer for 25 years.

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Reviewed by Stephen on 14/2/2020

Excellent in every aspect, top quality workmanship, customer service and punctuality. Plus Simon is a smashing bloke, outstanding!

We offer a friendly reliable service which aims to make our customers happy with our quality of workmanship.Our electricians have all been qualified to the highest standards and each take pride in getting the job done effectively and efficiently.

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Reviewed by Paul on 12/4/2019

Carl was due to start work on a full re-wire for a new kitchen on Mon 1st April at 9am. Great communication until it came to the day he was due to start. Carl did not show up. I messaged and tried calling him, after not answering many times he turned off his phone. He messaged me at around 12.30 to let me know he was not coming that day. He offered to start the following day but I had lost all confidence in him. We found another Electrician that day but due to the delays we are now behind on our project.

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Fire alarm installation specialists - what you need to know

It might just be the most important item you ever buy – your fire alarm could save your life. So, it pays to ensure it’s installed correctly.

No matter whether you opt for a top of the range “smart fire alarm” system, or the most basic model, if your alarm isn’t fitted in the right place and set up properly, it isn’t going to give you and your home the best protection.

Fire alarms will usually be located on your ceiling, in the centre of the room away from lights or any appliances that create steam. The number and location of fire alarms you need will vary according to the size and layout of your home.

The golden rule is at least one fire alarm per floor, but as fires can start anywhere you might consider installing a unit in every room (other than bathrooms) for maximum protection. The key consideration is that you can hear the alarm (should it sound) wherever you are in your house.

Cost of fire alarm installation

Including labour and alarm units

  • Budget: 2 x battery alarms – £100-£150
  • Medium: 2 x wired and interconnected alarms – £250-£350
  • Expensive: 2 x smart home alarms – £450+

What type of fire alarms are there?

There are 4 main types of fire alarm out there, and the option you choose will depend on your home, as well as the level of protection you’re willing to pay for.

Ionisation models are very common and are often the cheapest option. They detect very small particles of smoke, alerting you before it gets too thick. However, their sensitivity makes them prone to false alarms if they’re too near the kitchen.

Optical alarms are more expensive and are particularly effective at detecting slow-burning fires – the type triggered by smouldering upholstery or overheated wires. They’re also less likely to be triggered by innocent charred toast than ionisation alarms.

Heat alarms are more advanced systems that can detect increases in temperature and don’t rely on smoke to trigger a warning. This means they are suitable for use in a kitchen, although their coverage is much smaller than smoke-detection-based units.

Finally, a new breed of smart fire alarms (including the likes of Google-owned Nest) offer you even greater peace of mind. They’re slightly more advanced smoke-detection systems that are able to automatically alert your mobile phone, as well as integrating with security and other home protection services.

It’s also possible to get alarms that detect carbon monoxide, as well as smoke or heat. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so it’s advisable to get something that can detect this gas as well.

How do I look after my fire alarm?

Your fire alarm installer should be able to give you advice on how to look after your alarm. The majority of modern alarms should last between 7-10 years as standard, so replacing the batteries (or the unit itself) soon after installation won’t be necessary.

Most smoke alarms will need very little maintenance. Testing your alarm every couple of months is usually recommended (but refer to your specific model’s instructions, as they will state the exact frequency). Be sure to keep the alarm clean and free from dust or cobwebs too.

What fire alarm regulations do I need to know?

Articles 13 and 17 of the Fire Safety Order 2005 require homeowners to have fire alarms installed and properly maintained. Beyond that, the regulations aren’t as specific as you might think. The only other stipulation to be aware of is for mains-powered systems to have a battery backup.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are no specific qualifications your tradesperson needs to install a fire alarm. Where electrical work is involved, your installation expert may require NICEIC (the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation to sign off their work.

Insurance for fire alarm installation

Your main ask of a fire alarm installer will be public liability insurance. They may only be conducting very minor work, such as drilling holes for alarm unit brackets, but it’s easy for a hidden pipe or wire to cause big headaches. Public liability insurance will keep you and your property protected against damage.

Any units your installer supplies should also carry a warranty, so ask about that too.

Questions you should ask your fire alarm installation specialist

  • How many alarms would they recommend installing (and where)?
  • Will they show you how the system works?
  • Do the alarms they supply come with warranties?
  • Can they provide public liability insurance details?

Your local fire service

It’s also worth checking in with your local fire brigade to see what free advice or services they have. Depending where you are in the UK, most local fire brigades will do a free assessment of your home, including fitting smoke alarms if yours aren’t safe enough.

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