What is an Electrical Installation?
Electrical installation is a tricky job, especially if you are not trained personnel. It’s always the best practice to hire a professional for technical installation that has to do with electrical appliances in your residential, commercial or vehicular property. Failure to do this may result in injury, damage, fire, or death in some cases.
While some simple DIY projects can help you fix simple electrical installations with your property, it is best to know when to deploy well-trained and not just certified professionals. We mentioned “not just certified professionals” because electrical installation is more hands-on experience than theories or reciting textbooks; it goes beyond just sitting in a classroom studying.
Key Stages in Electrical Installation
To eliminate mistakes during the electrical installation process, there are 5 different processes that any electrician must follow.
Stage 1 – Laying the conduit
This first stage of electrical installation involves the installation of temporary electrical poles. This is the only step that takes place during the wet phase and can be completed in a few hours. Installations should be done under the concrete slab when laying the conduit.
Stage 2 – The Rough-in
This stage, the rough-in stage, comes just after windows, floors, and doors have been installed. The focus on this stage is wiring. At this stage, the electrician will wire the electrical connection from the electric box to link the different wall studs around the house. Any wiring related to your security or entertainment system is carried out at the rough-in stage. This process can be done in a matter of days or even months, depending on the size of the house.
Stage 3 – Temporary Fixtures
Once the Sheetrock is installed, this electrical wiring stage comes on. You get to install hanging light bulbs and the corresponding switching to control them. The process also covers minor details.
Stage 4 – Finishing
External electrical items, HVAC systems, switchboards, and receptacles are installed in this stage.
Stage 5 – Testing
Once the installation has been completed, the homeowner is ready to move into the new apartment, for best practice, an electrician is called upon to check and undertake modification if and where necessary. These tips give a head start on what you would expect during electrical installation when building your home.
What Are The Types Of Electrical Installations?
Electrical installations are classified into several types because every electrical work is different from the others. Below we find a list of types of electrical installations:
1. Residential Installations
A house is notably incomplete without electrical installations. Imagine moving into a brand-new home and an electrician didn’t wire the house or connect them to the power lines to receive electricity. It will be inhabitable for anyone living there. To carry out an electrical installation in residential settings, a circuit breaker, wall outlets, and appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers are needed.
2. Commercial Installations
Similar to residential installations, commercial installations usually concentrate on larger projects, such as businesses, factories, production plants, shopping malls, and corporations. Very experienced engineers are required for this type of installation.
3. Vehicular Installations
Lastly, vehicles outside the obvious mechanical parts also require good electrical work. Vehicular installations cover buses, cars, and boats. For these vehicles to operate smoothly, proper wiring has to be carried out. The air conditions in buses, cars, and boats require electrical work. The rooms and bathrooms on the boat need electricity.
Importance Of Electrical Installations And Maintenance
Correct installation and maintenance are very key in both commercial and residential facilities. A faulty installation that is not given quick and prompt attention can result in danger such as fire and electrocution.
Qualified and well-trained electricians will be able to keep the work area clean and safe for both workers during installations and residential/commercial occupants after installations. The importance of correct installation and maintenance for your residence or commercial area is listed below;
1. Correct Labeling Saves Time And Money
Having fixtures like tags, connections jacks are required. In that light, when running the electrical installation, all labels must be correct; this makes it easier for technicians/electricians to decide which wire needs fixing from the color code. Most electricians charge by the hour, meaning that the more time you spend, the more you pay. It is relatively wise to have a proper electrical installation while setting up from the onset to avoid complications in the future.
2. Excellent Installation And Maintenance Are Safety Guaranteed
A rule of thumb mentioned, the worse it looks, the less likely the installation was carried out by a professional. When you install wiring correctly, it is expected to be well tightened up and fixed to the proper places. It is expected that insulators covering high voltage wiring are properly sealed to prevent accidents and sudden electrocution. Professional electricians always have a certain pattern or design they follow to show good installation.
For instance, it is not proper to make visible high voltage wires, they are expected to be behind walls that act as insulators. This singular practice helps to keep the surroundings clean and well arranged; it also ensures passers-by are safe from potential injuries that may arise from faulty wiring.
3. Good Maintenance Is Synonymous With Being Efficient
Good maintenance is achieved by doing a regular system audit to check for simple faults and fixing them before they escalate to become a massive burden to the occupant. A routine check is very essential for quality control, regardless of whether your apartment is big or small. Common issues that electricians are expected to watch out for during maintenance are listed below;
- Wiring problems can be easily identified through the smell of ozone or burning plastic
- Overheating – once there has been an occurrence of overheating appliances.
- Unstable plugs or flickering appliances
- Unwanted marks on electrical connections.
It is not worth risking the safety of your team of engineers or the homeowners by deploying inexperienced, unlicensed electricians or electrical installation teams. Consult and plan with trained technicians if you need the services of electrical installation carried out in your residential, commercial, or vehicular property.
An electrical installation is a collection of components that allows you to use electrical power in your home with confidence and safety. It includes the cables that are usually hidden in the walls and ceilings, as well as accessories (such as switches, sockets, and light fittings) and the fusebox which houses all the circuits breakers and residual current devices (RCDs).
A good electrical installation is influenced by a number of factors, which we discussed in this article. If you’re looking for a qualified electrician for your construction project, feel free to contact us.