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GM Electrical Services

GM Electrical Services performs a range of domestic, commercial and industrial electrical installation services from our base in Edinburgh. We have an obligation to ensure that all of our installations conform to the standards set by the Institute of Electrical Engineers Regulations for Electrical Installations, as well as meeting the requirements of our clients.

GM Electrical Services performs a range of domestic, commercial and industrial electrical installation services from our base in Edinburgh.

Commercial & Industrial Installations
From bespoke client design and generic installations covering properties from 2,000 to 50,000 square feet, commercial and industrial installations are one of our key areas of work.

Our professional electricians offer complete wiring and installation services for building projects, such as extensions and conversions, as well as large commercial refurbishment projects.

Electrical Contractors You Can Trust
GM Electrical Services: We have an obligation to ensure that all of our installations conform to the standards set by the Institute of Electrical Engineers Regulations for Electrical Installations, as well as meeting the requirements of our clients.

This means that we are your trusted electrical contractors of choice. We take great pride in delivering a reliable, professional service during every project.

Professional Electrical Installation in Edinburgh & Lothian’s
At GM Electrical Services, we have the experience and expertise to carry out electrical installations covering a wide variety of applications, from small power for domestic premises to 3-phase power for commercial and industrial premises. Our full range of installation services includes:

• Inspection & Testing
• Re-wires
• Small domestic wiring jobs
• Storage Heating
• Additional socket outlets
• Ventilation
• Distribution Board Replacements and Upgrades
• Water Heaters
• Earthling & Equipotential Bonding
• Shower Units
• Television & Telephone points
• Smoke/Heat/Carbon Monoxide Detection Installation

Lighting Installations

• Lighting Design
• Security & Floodlighting
• Garden & Exterior Lighting
• Specialized LED Arrangements
• Kitchen & Bathroom
• Low Voltage Lighting
• Commercial Installations
• Emergency Lighting

Electrical Services For Landlords

Our service to landlords is comprehensive, we can undertake and supply full Testing and Inspection Reports, PAT Testing . So if you require to ensure you are legally compliant and your property is absolutely safe, we can help.

• PAT Testing
• Period Inspection Reports

Wiring For New and Re-wiring Older Properties
We can advise on requirements and regulations for new builds both first fix and second fix, and carry out the work to the highest standard, supplying all necessary fixtures and fittings.
If you find that your property is reaching the point where the wiring and fittings require up-grading, we are the experts! We have extensive experience in this field and can develop your new system with minimum disruption, cost effectively and sympathetically to the style of your home.

Upgrading Existing Electrical Systems

Whether you require a new up to date, eco-friendly, efficient replacement heating systems or an up-grade to your existing system, we can help, ensuring that all of the plumbing and other trades required to do the job are organised efficiently and timeously.

We are also very experienced in fault finding, changing fittings and fixtures, installing electrical showers and ensuing that your fuseboard can cope with all of this – when and if it is necessary! We can also install state of the art lighting in your home to give economical, attractive ambient light which is easy to control.

Full electrical design and installation for domestic and commercial premises, complete rewires, extensions, emergency lighting and fire alarms. We also deal with data and communications as well as security alarms, CCTV testing and inspections. We also provide Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing), door entry system installations, 24 Hr call out and emergency repairs.

Periodic Inspection Report
If you are buying a property or want to let a property out, then you may need a report on its condition. The periodic report will be a full test and inspection of your installation, and will highlight any faults present. The inspection usually takes half a day.
Complete Rewire

Free quotes are given and we will assess all of your needs and give you a fixed price and rough time scale. Rewires for an average house can take from 3-10 days, but we tend to get them done in a day to minimize impact on the work process and prove our high standard and reliability. We endeavour to work around your needs and leave your property in a tidy and liveable condition at the end of a day. All rubbish is removed from site and we can arrange a plasterer if needed.

New consumer unit (mains/fuse board/CCU's)

Are you sick of messing about with that fuse wire? I think most electricians will agree with me when I say if your mains board is the old repairable fuse type, it's time to upgrade. Mains boards are made even more dangerous when people don't have fuse wire and put nails and other things in! A new consumer unit with MCB`s and RCBO's are a much safer option and will have added protection in the form of an RCD. What is an RCD? 'Your installation will be tested and certified and you will have the peace of mind that your home is electrically safe and is wired to highest standard of 17th edition of electrical wiring' Outlet renewals

No job is to small! From sockets and switches to outside lights, just give us a call. Extractor Fans
Is your bathroom a little steamy and humid after a shower? Then why not have a fan installed, there is a good range of fans out there, some very powerful ones for those of you with power showers. The fan is installed on an external wall, and can be drilled out using our diamond core drills, so no need for any plastering. Or we can fit an in line duct fan, which can be vented through a roof tile vent.

Extra sockets, lights

If you are in need of more sockets around your house, or maybe an outside socket for that lawn mower? Downstairs sockets must be RCD protected (an added safety feature) though, so if new sockets are installed downstairs and you don't already have an RCD, we will fit one.

Down lights

There is a wide selection available from brass, polished chrome, satin chrome etc. They can be fitted in most ceilings, and we use vapour proof, low voltage ones for the bathrooms.

CCTV Installation

Whether you require CCTV at your residential or business premises we can install and maintain your CCTV System. We can visit your premises and discuss with you your requirements and advise you on what would best suit your needs. Should you only require your current CCTV system to be tested then we can also do that for you on a date that is convenient for you.

Audio Installation
Smoke Detectors

We can provide you with and install smoke detectors for your home or business.
Alternatively if you already have them installed, we can carry out relevant testing for you which is to current BS Standards.

Door Phone / Door Entry Systems
I currently install two different systems to suit individual requirement and budget. All professionally fitted by myself.

TV / Audio Visual

Domestic Burglar Alarms
If you are looking to protect your home, I install BS4737 approved systems either wired or wireless at a very affordable price..

Fire Alarm Systems
Emergency Lighting

We install Emergency Lighting to suit your premises. There are various choices and complexities of systems and it can be difficult to know what to choose.
Depending on the type and size of your premises we can help you decide on what is required and recommend the best system for your installation, whether you simply require exit signage or addressable multi-zone fire alarm systems and emergency lighting. We will then liaise with the fire alarm/emergency lighting manufacturers to provide the right equipment, in the right place, which will be fully commissioned and issued with the manufacturer's test certificates.

Or if you are simply upgrading, repairing or extending your current system we will use your current manufacturers equipment where possible so you can be sure everything is compatible.

FIXED WIRE INSPECTION AND TESTING (EICR)

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important to be sure that the safe-ty of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition. It is recommended in BS7671:2008 as amended (Regulation 135.1) that every elec-trical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports are the replacement for the Periodic Inspection & Test-ing reports on the Fixed Wiring aspect of an electrical installation. Purpose of periodic inspection, testing and reporting…

• Safety of persons against the effects of electric shock and burns
• Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect
• Confirmation that an installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety.
• Identification of non-compliances with the current edition of BS7671, or installation defects, which may give rise to danger.

Who needs an EICR? (Every property should have its electrical installation tested peri-odically)
• Commercial Building
• Industrial Buildings
• Residential Properties
• Landlords (Commercial and Private)
• Landlord’s Agents
• Letting Agents
• Property Managers

Do I need an EICR?
You may need a report to find out the condition of an Electrical installation upon…
• Change of Tenancy (or ownership)
• Flood or Fire Damage
• If you are unsure if or when it was tested
• Buying a property
• Selling a property
• Periodically (Re-certification date at the discretion of the testing electrician subject to condition, nature of use, etc.)
• Re-certification - the end of the period recommended in a previous electrical certificate.

The six main aims of a condition report are to:
1. Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection
2. Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it.
3. Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IEE Wiring Regulations
4. Advise of any work needed to make it safe or bring it up to relevant standards
5. Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures, which can lead to deaths, burns, fires and other injuries
6. Provide an important record of the installation at the time of the inspection

What GM Electrical Services will do for you:
• Inspect AND Test the fixed wiring of the installation
• Reveal if electrical circuits are being overloaded,
• Find potential hazards within the electrical installation,
• Identify defective DIY work,
• Highlight any lack of earth conductor or earth bonding
• Check fuse or circuit breaker ratings
• Test the RCD's to make sure they trip under fault conditions.

The Inspection and Testing Electrician will establish the overall condition of all the electric in-stallation and tell you whether it is satisfactory for continued use as well as detail any work that might need to be done. This remedial work will be graded upon importance.

The procedures test an electrical installation in a building from the main incoming power all the way to the final circuits that could include lighting, power and appliances, a schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property regardless of size.

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT TEST)

Among the range of Electrical Testing services GM Electrical Services deliver to our clients we can offer Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Test) for those Businesses, Landlords, Agents, Trad-ers and Students who need to comply with The Health & Safety Act (1974). Our staff are di-rectly employed fully qualified electricians able to complete Portable Appliance Testing (PAT tests) to the highest standard with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience. HSE guidance on frequency and legal myth of PAT testing

Who can GM Electrical Services help and how?
• Businesses - A Portable Appliance Test is an essential part of any businesses Health & Safety Policy. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires; All employers in the UK are to ensure that work equipment is both safe and fit for purpose. For this to be achieved a Portable Appliance Test (PAT test) should be carried out on higher risk equip-ment.

• Landlords or Agents - All Landlords who let their property as a business activity are required by law to ensure the electrical installation (EICR) and electrical equipment they supply with the tenancy is safe. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment including white goods, cookers, toasters, etc. provided in rental accommo-dation regardless of whether they are new or second hand must be safe. It is strongly advised that the equipment is inspected Portable Appliance Test (PAT test) is conducted BEFORE the start of any new let.

• Students Pat Testing– If you are a student living away from home in rented accommodation, you may be required to have your electrical appliances tested in order to allow you to stay at your chosen residence. It is the responsibility of your landlord to ensure that electrical items are safe to use and as such, it is becoming increasingly common for landlords to request proof that your own electrical items are safe prior to their use within their rented property.

• Off Site PAT Testing - By popular demand we are able to complete Portable Appliance Testing at our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Crewe. This has proven very popular with, students, musicians and local traders. Our offices are open from 9 to 5 Monday to Friday and we en-deavour to always have an engineer onsite. Simply give us a call and let us know when you will be coming and we can produce the certificate on the spot. There is no additional charge for this service.

Tenant/Student Notice:

For insurance purposes while it is highly likely that they may have al-ready tested permanent electrical fixtures within the property you may be required to do the same for your appliances. Your insurance may be invalid in the event of any claim without ev-idence of a valid Pat test.
For more information or to arrange testing please call us now on 0131 208 1555

Why Choose Us:
• GM Electrical Services Promise
• We replace faulty plugs and fuses free of charge
• A full report and certificate
• We cover nationally from Edinburgh,Glasgow or locally within each area
• Free pass or fail labels for appliances
• Timely reminder when your appliances need retesting
• Formal, visual inspection with a written report
• No hidden charges or extras
• Qualified and competent engineers
• Proven track record having tested 1000’s of offices and domestic properties
• Free no obligation quotes

There is a myth in the industry surrounding PAT testing which the GM Electrical Services and the HSE are keen to clarify.

Q. Is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) compulsory?
A. No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is main-tained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Em-ployers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is be-ing used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving em-ployers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. **

Q. I've been told that, by law, I must have my portable electrical appliances tested every year. Is this correct?
A. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (ie they don't make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).**

Q. How frequently do I need to test my electrical appliances?
A. The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environ-ment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a table or bedside lamp in a hotel bedroom.

For guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, have a look at the following HSE documents:

Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment **
Maintaining portable electrical equipment in low risk environments **

If you are unsure about the type of equipment and frequency of testing please contact us as GM Electrical Services are keen to ensure you, your staff and your premises remain safe and to help you comply with legislation. (**source:HSE website)

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• Electrical Inspection and Testing
• Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
• Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
• Emergency Lighting Testing and Maintenance
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