We offer the following electrical services In Basildon And Surrounding Areas
Our Services Include
Are you a Homeowner, Landlord or Business looking for a local Electrician?
TM Hughes & Son Electrical Services Ltd domestic and commercial Electricians serve Basildon and surrounding areas. We are also Electrical Contractors.
Our fully qualified Electricians are available anytime convenient to you for regular domestic electrical work, such as updating consumer units or issuing landlord electrical safety certificates and commercial work such as installing industrial lighting.
We have Emergency Electricians available 24 hours a day for electrical emergencies. All jobs have fair rates with no unpleasant hidden extras and no call out charges.
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- NICEIC Approved
- Fully Insured
Domestic Electrical Services
Over the years, the TM Hughes team of Electricians have completed many jobs to a professional standard in many Basildon homes.
There isn’t an electrical job our friendly staff cannot undertake in your home. Everyday domestic work includes changing light fittings, adding new sockets, and installing lighting and security systems.
Before you make any changes, you need to be aware of the regulations. Our staff will guide you if you’re unsure.
All our work is carried out by friendly, fully qualified electricians who ensure any changes to your electrical system are above board and legal, conforming to the latest Part P building regulations.
Electricians are efficient and tidy, causing minimal disruption to your day-to-day activities in your home. You can rest assured you’re in safe hands.
Commercial Electrical Services
We offer the businesses of Basildon a complete range of Commercial Electrical Services such as installation, maintenance, design and repair.
Whatever your situation and budget, we’ll develop a workable solution to enhance your business while ensuring the safety of your employees.
One of our Electricians can visit your premises and write you a fixed quote. All commercial work complies with the latest IEE regulations. We can work with single and three-phase systems, Cat 5, Cat 5E & Cat 6 wiring.
Previous work includes new build wiring, full rewire, commercial rewires, lighting installations and upgrades, standard electrical repairs and updates, network cabling, security systems, electrical installation condition reports and PAT testing
Your rented property’s Electrical system and appliances must be safe for your tenants. We can carry out Electrical Installation Condition Reports on your property and test the appliances (known as PAT Testing).
Once the testing is complete, an electrician will issue you with EICR and PAT certificates so you can prove your property’s safe and legal while validating your insurance.
The EICR involves testing the Consumer unit, RCD Fuses, Internal wiring, Light fittings, Sockets and Earthing and Bonding. Covering all parts of the electrical system connected to the electric meter.
All plug-in appliances, such as Fridges, Dishwashers and Washing Machines, are covered under the PAT test. Regular testing ensures your property and tenants are safe.
PAT testing ensures employees and tenants are safe from electrical hazards that have the potential to occur when using electrical appliances.
Although PAT testing isn’t required by law, it does provide a much-needed layer of safety and protection from the legal consequences of electrical accidents to landlords and employers.
PAT testing involves an electrician inspecting and testing all portable electrical appliances.
In the rented property, these will be appliances such as irons, vacuum cleaners, washing machines and tumble dryers. (although not portable, they are still plug-in appliances and should be tested)
Most workplaces include portable appliances used for day-to-day operations.
All appliances are checked for general wear and tear and then tested for insulation, lead polarity and continuity.
Faulty appliances can be repaired or replaced.
After PAT testing, you can rest assured your property or workplace appliances are safe to use and don’t pose a hazard to your employees or tenants.
Homeowners can also undertake PAT testing on their appliances to ensure they’re safe for use.
Wiring & Rewiring
Our Electricians are highly experienced in new wiring installations and rewiring of old properties.
All new wires and rewires conform to the latest standards.
Homes built in Basildon up to 1970 were wired with red, black and green wiring (live, neutral and earth). Many homes in the area still have these old cables.
Between 1970 and 2004, homes were still wired with red live and black neutral cables with green and yellow earth.
These older cables were not colour-blind-friendly and were not congruent with the wiring used on the continent, so in 2004 installation changed to brown, blue and yellow-green (live, neutral and earth).
Any households that haven’t been fully or partly rewired in the past 30 years might need rewiring. Feel free to give us a call if you need any advice on this.
We design and fit all types of lighting installations and replace existing lights so let us know if you want to change those old ceiling roses for new modern spotlights.
Other lights our Electricians install include recessed lights, pendants, chandeliers, wall lighting, and bathroom and kitchen lights.
Lighting’s powered by a radial circuit that runs in a line (not a ring) and doesn’t go back to the Consumer Unit.
Household lights are joined together the circuit stops at the last light. Showers, cookers and boilers use Radial Circuits. Our electricians regularly install new radial circuits for new and existing lights and fixed appliances.
When fitting new lights, several factors need to be considered. Lighting needs to be designed around your preferences, so the first thing to establish is whether you like darker or lighter rooms.
Next, how much natural light the room gets, plugin lighting such as floor standing and table lamps should also be considered. Then there are the bulbs which come in a range of wattages, colour types (Halogen, Incandescent, Energy Saving and LED) and fittings (bayonet, Edison screw, capsule and twist lock).
Our Basildon electricians are experts in lighting and can guide you on the best type of lighting for your tastes, layout and decor of your home.
A range of light switches is available with various materials and styles. You can match them to your sockets.
These include traditional switches and dimmer switches (manual or remote control, allowing you to alter the brightness of each light and the ambience in each room.
The Consumer Unit’s the most important part of your electrical system. Without them, our homes wouldn’t be safe.
Consumer Units house fuses which, in the event of a fault (overheating, excessive current or electrocution) ‘trip’ instantly shut off the electricity preventing electrical fire and electrocution.
Consumer Units house RCD, MCB, or MCBO fuses (or a combination of all three). Your fuse set-up will depend on your electrical system, requirements and budget.
RCDs (residual current devices) are used to protect an individual or several circuits and will shut off electricity in the event of electrocution. They are life-saving fuses that protect people. Some sockets and portable devices have RCDs built-in. They are also known as power breakers.
MCBs (miniature circuit breakers) protect circuits from overloading and overheating, preventing damage to appliances and fire.
Consumer units combine RCDs and MCBs to protect the household occupants and electrical systems.
RCBO (a residual current device with overcurrent) does the job of both RCDs and MCB,s preventing overload and electrocution. RCBO-loaded consumer units cost more than RCD/MCB units, RCBO’s are safer though.
Consumer Units must be made from combustion-proof plastic or metal and incorporate RCDs/MCBs and/or RCBOs.
All new units fitted since 2015 must be made from metal and conform to BS7671:2008. Every part of your electrical system is connected to the consumer unit.
Some homes in Basildon still have old fuse boxes instead of modern consumer units.
A tripped fuse’s easy to reset. You only need to flick a switch. Traditional fuses need new fuse wire manually fitted every time there’s overload.
All power to your home can be switched off via the mains switch on modern consumer units RCDs are much safer than traditional fuses.
If your fusebox’s mounted on a wooden base and you have wire fuses, then maybe it’s time for an upgrade.
One of our Electricians will happily upgrade your home/business with a new edition consumer unit containing a mains switch and the latest RCD, MCB and RCBO fuses.
To Ensure safe fitting electric appliances that are hard-wired into the mains (don’t plug in) should be installed by a certified electrician.
It’s, for this reason, we offer an electrical appliance installation service.
This includes the disconnection of your old appliance and the connection and installation of the new one.
Once in place, your new appliance is switched on and tested for correct function.
Earthing & Bonding
Earthing and Bonding prevent electric shocks when using your electrical system.
It’s essential that homes are earthed and bonded correctly.
If your home was built before 1991, you may have insufficient earthing and Bonding. It would be a good idea to have it checked.
The earthing and Bonding is checked as standard for all electrical installations undertaken.
Electrical installations include upgrading your existing electrical system or installing a new one designed specifically for your home or business.
The correct installation of a modern consumer unit, switches, sockets and lighting allows you to better run your home or business to your own unique needs.
Fault Finding & Repairs
Do you feel a component of your electrical system isn’t quite right? Problems include arcing noises, burning smells or marks on sockets, flickering lights, electric shocks and tripping fuses.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, then there’s a fault within your electrical system.
One of our electricians will swiftly detect the fault, which can then be dealt with so your electrical systems is safe to use and you no longer experience any annoying issues.
Our electricians fit security lighting systems to protect local homes and businesses from thieves and vandals.
All components are covered, which includes window and door sensors, motion sensors, CCTV, security lighting alarms, control panels and smart systems so you can monitor your home or business from a device.
Burglary is a frequent and unpleasant crime that can happen to anyone. Securing your property with a professionally fitted security system is the best way to deter burglars who are opportunists and always on the lookout for easy targets.
Research has shown that homes and businesses with a fitted security system are less likely to get burgled than those without.
One of our Electricians will undertake a free survey to determine the weak points of your property or premises, your individual needs and your budget so the optimal security system can be fitted for you.
Sockets & Switches
Our Basildon Electricians install new sockets and upgrade existing ones.
When local homeowners carry out refurbishments, they usually want new socket points or redecorating. We often upgrade their sockets by replacing the faceplates.
Many materials and styles are available in traditional plastic, metal, stainless steel and wood, so you can match your new faceplates to your doors, skirting boards and any other wood features in the room.
Sockets can be standard single and double with on/off switches and can include built-in RCDs and USB ports-very handy for phone charging.
We also fit fused connection units, appliance switches, and cooker switches, so we can help you with any appliance you need directly wired.
We also disconnect any old electrical appliances wired into your system, such as cookers. Never try to undertake disconnections yourself. Always use a fully qualified electrician. Other socket types include shaver sockets and multimedia switches.
Sockets keep homeowners safe. They deliver electrical current from your consumer unit via the ring main, a ‘ring’ of live neutral and earth wires that run around your home, powering your sockets.
The cables are connected to the terminal at the rear of the faceplate, which connects with the plug on electrical appliances, which can be switched on and off with the switch.
Faceplates screw into back boxes making the whole unit safe and protecting you from electric shock. Faceplates must be securely screwed into the backbox with two screws.
Backboxes are usually fitted inside the walls but can also be fitted on walls, which is the cheapest and easiest way when new socket points are needed.
Otherwise, the walls must be ‘chased out’ so the wires and back box fits inside. The wall then needs filling, replastering and redecorating.
Outdoor Sockets are a must-have for those with a garden who use outdoor electrical appliances such as lawnmowers and jet washers.
Sure, you can plug an extension lead into an indoor socket and run it outside, but it’s inconvenient and a trip hazard.
Furthermore, extension leads have the annoying tendency to pull out of the socket, eliminating this age-old problem’ with outdoor outlets.
The built-in plastic covers protect the socket from the elements. They hold plugs in place also.
RCDs (residual current devices) feature on most outdoor sockets protecting you from electrocution should you cut through the lead while mowing the lawn.
Sockets in your home are powered by the ring main (ring circuit’s the correct term, but most people use the term ring main) A ring of twin and earth cables.
Power runs to the sockets and then back to the consumer unit along a neutral wire. Hence the term ‘ring’ the power draw on electrical sockets can be very demanding. The cables are set up in a ring to lower the electrical strain, ensuring every socket in your home has power earth wires included in the circuit to ‘ground’ the electricity in case of a fault.
Smoke & Heat Alarms
Let us make your home safer with an interconnected fire detection system fitted by one of our qualified electricians.
Various Smoke and Heat alarms are placed around your home in relevant areas.
All the alarms are interconnected, and all will activate at the same time if a fire occurs, notifying everyone in the building.
Systems that are not connected are less safe. Someone upstairs might not hear the alarm going off downstairs. By the time they realise there’s a fire, it could be too late.
Protect yourself with a wired, connected smoke and heat alarm system.
The alarms are also backed up with batteries in case of power failure. We also fit systems geared towards the vulnerable, elderly and those with hearing impairments.
We provide 24-hour emergency electrical services undertaken by NICEIC-registered Electricians.
Our emergency services include a same-day response and no call-out charges.
Common Electrical Faults Requiring Immediate Attention
If you experience faults within your Electrical system, always consult a qualified Electrician, and never attempt to undertake Electrical repairs yourself.
Here are some common electrical faults.
Electric shocks can occur from appliances, plug sockets and switches. If an appliance gives you electric shocks, switch it off and don’t use it, it’s faulty and most likely will need replacing.
If a socket, switch, or any other part of the electrical system gives you shocks, an Electrician will diagnose and repair the fault.
Burning Signs & Smells
If there are any signs of burning on sockets or switches or smells of burning, an electrician must take a look ASAP. Don’t ignore these signs or smells. If left alone, an Electrical fire could occur.
If your Consumer Unit (fuse box) or any of your sockets or switches are making unusual noises, such as crackling when you switch them on, there’s likely a loose or damaged circuit that needs fixing.
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