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Why Verifying your Electrician’s License is Important

Hiring a licensed electrician for various electrical work around your house is always encouraged. However, it also pays to be meticulous on an electrician’s license – as it would give you an idea regarding their field of expertise and their work experience on the field.

Working with your home’s electrical system isn’t always safe. There’s always the possibility of danger with any electrical project hence it’s always advised to seek a good electrician before getting any work done. Faulty electrical works can start a fire, and your insurance may not be enough to cover all the damages caused by unlicensed electrical work. Unless you’d want to risk a bit of your fortune, always pay attention to your electrician’s license.

Is a license important?

Not everyone can easily tinker around with the electrical wires and systems they have at home and expect the issue to be resolved at the end of the day. Electrical work may vary in the degree of their complexity, hence it’s best to consult electrician services for a proper assessment.
There’s also risk involved in any electrical work, which good electrician in Singapore are trained to safely deal with. Before one is given a valid electrician license, they should first undergo rigorous training. This includes four to five years of formal education which is common in Singapore, where aspiring electricians take up electrical engineering. They also take extensive on-the-job training and has a long apprenticeship period.

During their formal training, they are taught how to safely work with various electrical systems and be informed of local codes and statures. Building codes may vary by community. An electrician must know any code requirements for your area, and if the severity of the issue requires you to apply for a permit before any work can be done.

Required by the law

Any electrical work must be undertaken by a rightfully licensed electrician. This includes new wiring, rewiring, or adding extensions which must be tested prior to turning the supply on.

A license also entitles the holder to carry out advanced electrical work such as design, operate, maintain, inspect, or test an electrical supply installation. The specific operating voltage of the installation must not exceed 1000 volts and the approved load of such installation must also not exceed 45 kVA.
The license also allows the electrician to carry out any electrical work as instructed by an authorized high voltage switching engineer, or under his/her supervision.

It is considered an offense if a person:

    a: carries out or caused to carry out any electrical work without a valid electrical worker license; or

    b: knowingly engages another person who isn’t a licensed electrical worker to carry out electrical work

If you need any electrical work done at your premises (residence or on buildings you own), check if the electrician has a valid Electrical Worker license duly issued by the authority.

Individual or contractor?

Licenses for electrician services are made available either for individuals or contractors. Therefore, it’s urged to check whether the electrician license is for individual practice or contractor. Individually practicing electricians generally work on their own. They are the ones who study local codes and other regulations themselves. Accordingly, they work as they deem fit.

For contractors, any work done by employees must be verified to meet all code and safety requirements. Electricians who are employed by contactors are often obliged to attend seminars, forums, and other meetings regularly.

Whenever presented with a license, take it upon yourself to verify that the person’s name matches the name of the license. If the license is contractual, verify if the electrician is truly employed by the licensed company. You can do so by giving the company hotline a call and ask if the electrician is currently working for the company.

Verifying a license

In Singapore, there are various information you can use to verify an electrician’s license. First, you can use the number that appears on the license. If the license number appears to be too long or too short, it is urged to get it checked with Energy Market Authority (EMA). Any suspicious electrician license must be dealt with accordingly.

Next, you can also get information through the electrician’s full name. Does he have a clean track record? Are there any failures/major issues regarding his electrician services in the past? Does he have a history with dissatisfied customers? Knowing an electrician’s professional work history will give you an idea how your experience will unfold as you work along with them.

Another way to verify a license is to ask for verification from one’s company. If your electrician is employed by a company, you can always ask for relevant details from their employer. For one, you can ask about their related work experiences and if they have worked with issues similar with your case before.

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) can also verify if an electrician is licensed to work in your area. Keep in mind that faking an electrician license is illegal, however, there are still cases where unlicensed electricians claim they have one. If your electrician’s license isn’t verified in EMA’s database, then it’s encouraged to look for other potential electricians to work with you.

You can also opt to ask for proof of liability insurance. Generally, electricians offer insurance if something goes wrong with their electrical works. If they work with an electrical firm, the company itself offers the insurance for their services. Inquire with the respective insurance company to verify their license.

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Property Management: How to Waterproof Your Property

Whether your condominium building is newly built or has been around for decades, one of the important property management duties you should never take for granted is providing the structure with proper waterproofing.

Letting moisture penetrate doesn’t only cause problems to the structure of the property, but also affects its selling value and damages the furniture and other valuable possessions inside it. It can also cause damage to the paint work and finishing of the building. Major structural repairs can be extremely expensive, therefore it is important to ensure that your property is properly waterproofed.

Waterproofing Procedure

Almost all parts of a building, house, or any property needs to be waterproofed, and each of these parts may require different waterproofing method.

One of the easiest ways to waterproof is treating the brickwork of a building. This will prevent moisture from penetrating the walls and also help you save from heating bills as the warmth cannot escape through the walls. To seal the brickwork, repaint the outside walls of the building using a special type of outdoor paint, which is weatherproof and more durable than regular wall paint.

If you’re thinking of hiring unlicensed workers, consider that repainting for the purpose of waterproofing requires skills and may need special waterproofing compounds that only professionals can provide. So make sure to ask your managing agent to look for certified Singapore painting contractors.

Damp Proofing

Damp proofing is a series of treatments done to prevent growth of rising damp in the walls of homes and buildings. Rising damp is the moisture trapped within the walls, and is seeking for ways to escape through evaporation.

To protect walls from rising damp, damp-proof treatment can be suggested by managers from http://www.estateinfo.sg/ in Singapore and must be done to the affected area of the building, which necessitates application of damp-proof cream. This requires professional assistance from damp proofing professionals who will assess the property and then install the substance with the use of special injection.

The cost of this treatment varies depending on how much work is required. Factors like how many units are affected by rising damp, how big the areas are, and whether the problem is on the ground floor or higher floors, which calls for bigger equipment, will dictate the final price of the waterproofing service. Also, check if the gutters of your condominium buildings require waterproofing. Ask your managing agent to have it checked and waterproofed by a Singapore waterproofing company as water can buildup in it and may cause dampening of building walls.

Roof Protection

Aside from walls and gutters, the roof should also be maintained to ensure that it offers utmost protection to the entire structure of your building. If the condominium building has flat roof, or a part of it is flat, the more it requires to be waterproofed as flat roofs are more susceptible to damage. Also, have the roofed checked regularly, ideally before and after wet seasons, for damaged flashers, missing shingles, and loose tiles.

Once you have your entire property waterproofed—gutters working, walls damp-roofed, brickwork sealed, and roof in perfect condition, you should be ready for wet seasons. Waterproofing doesn’t only protect you from more costly renovation expenses, but ensures the safety of your tenants and their possessions as well.

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Things to Consider When Choosing Flats

Good news for singles and seniors out there! HBD (Housing and Development Board) is planning to build more two-room flat units to be allocated for singles. For the seniors, HBD is planning to build studio-type apartments. This new venture is welcomed by singles and seniors. Now these people can have their own home despite of their status.

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If in this case you are single and you dream of having your own house, you should apply first. But before anything else, here are some things that you need to consider:

Budget

The first thing that you need to think about is your budget. If you want to own a house, it will cost you but rest assured that it will be worth it at the end of the day. Here in Singapore, you can apply for financial schemes so it will be easier in your part. You can ask HBD for more information.

Size

The size of the house matters. If you have no plans オンライン カジノ ゲーム to have a family yet, a small house will do but if you have plans to build a family soon, you have to think of getting a bigger flat. If you are thinking of buying another flat when you have a family, you should refer to HBD’s requirements and guidelines.

Location

Location should play a major part in your decision of choosing which flat to consider. Convenience is the key. You should see to it that you are near your workplace. If you are not near your workplace, at least make sure that you are near the MRT or bus stops. Apart from that, you should ensure that you are near the market, pharmacy, school and other commercial establishments.

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