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Reactive vs Proactive – The Benefits Of Scheduled Electrical Maintenance

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17/02/2021
Reactive Vs Proactive – The Benefits Of Scheduled Electrical Maintenance

The saying goes that prevention is better than cure. It’s often used in health and fitness, where it’s better to prevent an illness or injury than deal with the painful consequences. But it’s also true for your electrics, where a proactive approach could save you time, money and a lot of hassle.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of proactive maintenance versus reactive repairs.

Proactive vs reactive approach

Being proactive essentially means staying ahead of the curve when it comes to your electrical system and appliances. Having everything regularly checked will identify any small problems so you can get them repaired to stay safe and compliant.

On the flipside, a reactive approach only kicks into action when something goes wrong. This can seem like the most cost-effective option, as you only pay out when you ‘need’ to. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be more wrong.

Despite your electrics seemingly working fine, small problems can manifest and develop over time. By the time you ‘need’ to get them repaired, they will have already grown into something serious. Even worse, problems that go unnoticed could eventually cause serious damage to your building or harm to those inside it.

The benefits of scheduled electrical maintenance

When it comes to electrical installations and appliances, the best way to take a proactive approach is with scheduled electrical maintenance. This comes in various forms:

  • Fixed wire testing – A full assessment of your building’s electrical system periodically.
  • PAT Testing – Ensuring all portable appliances are working at their best and safe for use once every 2-4 years.
  • Fire Alarm Servicing – Testing and maintenance for your fire alarms twice a year.
  • Emergency Lighting Testing – Annual tests making sure your emergency lights are ready to be called upon when needed.

Beyond testing, these four services will highlight any required maintenance to keep everything running smoothly. That provides a range of benefits…

Ensuring safety

Having your installation and appliances regularly checked by a professional will ensure that they are safe to use. Shock risks, unsafe wiring and fire hazards can all be eliminated, while ensuring your building is ready to respond to any issues with fully functioning fire alarms and emergency lights.

Saving money

As well as sidestepping harm to tenants or employees, regular maintenance will avoid major damage to your building. The price of an annual or biannual check is nothing compared to the cost of major repairs after a fire or replacing your entire system.

Maintaining compliance

Regular maintenance will also make sure you’re compliant with the relevant regulations like Health and Safety at Work (1974) and Electricity at Work (1989). Above all else, this provide peace of mind that your building is safe and fully functional.

Eliminating downtime

Finally, proactive maintenance can eliminate downtime for your site. Whether it’s the risk of being shut down for non-compliance or not being able to use your building while major work is taking place, you can sidestep these issues by keeping your systems and appliances in full working order.

Take a proactive approach with Volta Compliance

At Volta Compliance, we help businesses across the UK to take a proactive approach to their electrical installations. Our experienced electrical contractors offer a range of testing and maintenance services to cover all bases for your business.

Want to talk more about your maintenance requirements? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.