Electrical surveys can identify poor connections, overloaded circuits, failing components or imbalanced loads.
Any faults on electrical systems are expensive in terms of plant downtime, damage, loss of production or risk from fire. Building Response provide a team of 24 hour qualified electricians complemented with IR thermography who can reduce the overall cost by swiftly finding electrical faults, reducing the overall time spent repairing the problem.
We work with many insurers and offer an extremely good value package which ensures compliance with their requirements. Insurers often compliment us on our work and follow up activities.
Electrical Fault Finding Uses
From private and council households, to schools and industrial warehouses; Building Response responds to all varieties of electrical problems. We regularly conduct inspections to assess and solve:
- Problems with light bulbs and fixtures; where light bulbs may be burning at a higher rate, flickering or blinking, or are intermittent or dim.
- Dead outlet problems; where half a plug socket doesn’t work, the socket is intermittent, or the socket is broken.
- Tripping circuit breaker; the circuit breaker switch has tripped and won’t reset.
- Problems with switches; where a wall switch or dimming switch has become warm, where switches are faulty or not working at all.
- Unexpected high electricity bills; a larger bill than normal may be a result of a variety of diagnosable problems, including a hot water pipe leak!
Electrical Problems & Water Damage
Building Response regularly respond to incidents were a roof has leaked, a ceiling leaked, or where water is coming through the ceiling, running down the walls, and has flooded electrical circuit boxes.
Home owners, tenants and property managers have called upon building response’s 24 hour electricians to attend the scene and ensure that such problems are handled correctly and safely in order to prevent electrical fires, short circuiting, reduce the risk of rust and corrosion, and ensure general safety. This is also an important step towards meeting the criteria involved in an insurance claim.
Most insurance contracts stipulate that the policy holder must make sure that the claim is minimised to the best of their ability. This requires, in many cases, the attendance of professionals (plumbers, electricians, water damage technicians, thermographers, etc) who can isolate the cause of the problem and prevent any further water damage or electrical damage from occurring. Insurance companies often refuse to pay out for damage which could have been minimised by timely actions taken by the property owner; Building Response respond swiftly to emergencies and provide a full report, detailing time scales and methodology, so that the both the insurance company and the property owner have the documentation to demonstrate that the claim was minimised to the best of their ability.
Electrical Problems & Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance involves monitoring electrical equipment over time for conditions that indicate impending failure, determining whether corrective action is required and, if necessary, taking action before equipment failure.
Predictive maintenance (PdM) is especially important during retrofit works because so many electrical supply systems are operating beyond their predicted lifespan. Building Response provide professional electrical inspections surveys ranging from retrofit and property modification scenarios, to new build constructions, petrochemical sites and marine facilities.
At Building Response, our IR Thermographers identify critical components and systems, determine how often they need to be monitored, set up inspection routines and schedules, and regularly measure key indicators.
A baseline inspection is required in order to have a reference point for comparison between later findings and the original condition. We then compare measurements over time, looking for changes in operating conditions that could indicate potential breakdowns.
Our qualified thermographers are available year round to inspect components and measure key indicators which may fluctuate or become problematic with seasonal change. We often conduct quarterly surveys as part of a thermographic PdM routine schedule, providing the client with a professional report for their records.
Infrared thermography can be an effective PdM tool for several important power plant components and systems, including:
Consistent, reliable electricity delivery is one of a power generator’s highest priorities and infrared thermography is a viable method of regularly monitoring power distribution equipment.
At many power plants, switchyard inspections are performed during periods of maximum load, even though weather conditions at that time of day can mask serious problems.
Switchyard inspections are therefore normally carried out before dawn to avoid solar reflections and wind effects. The load is often lighter but other significant variables can be better accounted for, so any observable problems are more likely to be detected.
Provide advanced and intuitive thermography capabilities involving interpretation, identification, locating and correlating details within individual infrared images produced during the course of routine maintenance surveys.
While issues like emissivity are minimised by dirty metal surfaces, other issues like reflections, convective losses due to wind and other conditions can lead to erroneous conclusions. Our qualified infrared thermographers are skilled and knowledgeable regarding the principles of heat transfer, reflectance, emittance and transmission, and the images we produces are extremely useful for accurate and timely PdM.