Electrical safety for care homes

Like any residential setting, it is important to keep a continually watchful eye on electrical safety for care homes, including planned maintenance and scheduled inspections, as well as responsive repairs and replacement of damaged wiring and equipment.

Of course, care homes are not like most residential buildings. They can include medical equipment for residents who require nursing care, and even in primarily residential homes there may be hoists and other powered mobility equipment to maintain.

Whatever electrical equipment your care home operates, hebs Group are here to ensure everything you use is safe for your staff and your residents.

We hold accreditation from NICEIC (the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) for electrical installations, inspections and testing, which have been at the core of our business for over 30 years.

Our engineers are not only qualified, but highly skilled and talented individuals capable of working across PPM programmes, scheduled maintenance and reactive repairs as required.

We work to the latest published New Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) issued by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) so you know all of the electrical work we carry out on your behalf is up to standard.

Electrical inspections for care homes

We can carry out both types of electrical inspections for care homes:

  • Fixed Wire Testing to check the condition of your mains electricity and supply voltage.
  • PAT testing to certify appliances safe for use as part of mandatory compliance procedures.

Both kinds of testing are important. They reduce risks arising from mains electric shocks, which can expose staff and residents to potentially lethal electric currents.

They also reduce the risk of an avoidable shock from an appliance due to a short circuit, exposed wiring or contact with water.

We can carry out PAT testing on all sizes of appliance, from small portables like kettles and toasters through to larger equipment like industrial washing machines in your laundry room.

Equally our Fixed Wire Testing spans the 240V circuit in your residents’ rooms through to your plant rooms, which may operate on a much higher supply voltage.

Electrical safety for care homes is just one of many services we provide, along with HVAC, gas and mechanical inspections, building fabric and roof repairs, and drainage inspections.

We work with care homes and nursing homes nationwide so no matter where you are based, we can provide emergency maintenance services for care homes across the UK.

If you would like to find out more, contact hebs at info@hebs-group.co.uk or call 0151 236 0707 and we will be happy to discuss our full range of services.

Mobile Crawler Unit

How does a CCTV pipeline inspection work?

The problem with pipeline inspection used to be that pipelines, by their very nature, are usually buried below ground, making it difficult to inspect them to locate damage.

A CCTV pipeline inspection solves this problem by inserting a mobile CCTV camera unit into the pipe where it reaches the surface, and then exploring the length of the pipeline until the problem is discovered.

Depending on the problem, this could include damage to the pipe itself such as a crack, leak or collapse, or it might be something non-structural like a blockage that needs to be cleared.

Until you take a look up close it’s difficult – if not impossible – to know exactly what damage has occurred and whether the pipeline will need remedial work to restore it to a good state of repair for the future.

The added advantage is knowing what remedial action or maintenance is required also means you can better control costs and obtain quotes specific to the particular scheme of work involved.

At hebs Group we have sophisticated CCTV pipeline inspection cameras so we can view damage and blockages that occur far below ground, without excavating the pipeline.

These cameras are mounted on rugged remote-controlled units that can drive along the pipe to reach the damaged section, with a long tether back to ground level.

It’s a fast and effective way to get a first-hand view of pipeline conditions both above and below ground, from inside the pipe.

Why use CCTV pipeline inspection?

It’s crucial to visualise damage from inside the pipe for a true image of what work needs to be done.

CCTV pipeline inspection can be used on everything from small diameter pipes right up to large diameters like sewers.

It does not damage the pipe – no digging or cutting is required – and it allows us to recommend the best course of action to repair or unblock the pipe.

Depending on the desired outcome, we have a variety of trenchless pipe repair and rehabilitation techniques to choose from, including:

  • Pipe bursting to lay wider diameter pipes in place of older narrower pipes.
  • Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) where a repair liner is applied to the damaged pipe then cured to form a permanent fix.
  • Primus Line, a flexible high-pressure lining used to rehabilitate industrial high-pressure pipelines.

Trenchless repair can be much faster and less costly, and avoids excavating land that may have structures of value on it at surface level.

But you need to know what repair work needs to be carried out, which is why CCTV pipeline inspections are such an important step in the process to a fixed and free-flowing pipeline.

If you require emergency maintenance repairs or services, contact hebs Flowtech at info@hebs-group.co.uk or call 0151 236 0707.

hebs Flowtech keep NWAS ambulance stations draining freely

hebs Flowtech have restored free-flowing drainage to several more ambulance stations operated by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

As NHS Framework Contractors, hebs Flowtech are on call when NWAS have problems with drainage at their ambulance stations.

In recent weeks, the Flowtech team were called out to Broughton, Northwich and Wallasey following blocked gutters and drains at each.

We were able to use a range of different methods to clear blocked drains at each facility:

  • In Broughton, we used a remote gutter vacuum to clear blocked gutters.

 

  • In Northwich, we used a plow jet to clear blocked rain grids.

  • In Wallasey, we used drain rods to clear blocked external gulleys. We followed this by jetting the line and rinsing it through.

Each site posed its own unique challenges, from clearing gutters at high-level, removing debris from rain grids, to clearing an external underground gulley.

By using the most appropriate method for each job, hebs Flowtech can provide the best results to get wastewater draining quickly and into the correct places.

We also make sure to put in the extra work required to clean out the drain so that it is not only unblocked, but left looking as good as new.

Emergency service from hebs Flowtech

At a time when ambulance services and the NHS are needed more than ever, hebs Flowtech are proud to provide reactive repairs to clear blocked drains and allow premises to be used as intended.

Our dedicated teams have cutting-edge equipment including high-pressure jetting rigs and Proteus pan & tilt inspection units, allowing us to see and solve the problem in quick time.

We can inspect and clear blockages, descale and maintain pipework, and provide general responsive maintenance services across pipes, drains and sewers as required.

In every case we work diligently to decide the best way to proceed without delay and to carry out the work to restore drains to as-new condition, without causing any unnecessary disruption to access and operations.

At critical facilities like ambulance stations, it’s crucial that utilities like wastewater and sewerage are in good working order, and we are proud to be authorised NHS Framework Contractors to carry out this important work for NWAS.

To find out more, contact hebs Flowtech at info@hebs-group.co.uk or call 0151 236 0707 and we will be happy to discuss our full range of services to maintain and repair pipelines and sewers, and to unblock and clean all kinds of gutters, gulleys and drains.

Hebs Group is here to support you!

As a provider of critical works, we wanted you to be aware that we are here to support you in the wake of Covid-19 and are available to respond to your queries whilst operating safely and adhering to Government guidelines.

We are principle contractors for The North West Ambulance Service and as an NHS Framework approved contractor, we can respond quickly to address any aspect of drainage, sewer and pipeline related issues. We have state of the art Drainage CCTV & high-pressure water jetting equipment available to identify and fix problems found.

No matter how big or small, all our efforts at this time are directed to maintaining the buildings that frontline staff are working within, to enable them to focus on the care of patients and staff during the unprecedented fight we are facing against Covid-19.

From all of us at Hebs Group, we thank the NHS and all key workers.

About Hebs Group

Being accredited contractors for CHAS since 2013, our reliable reputation is second to none when it comes to going beyond what is expected – taking into account the health and safety of our customers and their premises as a priority and meeting the requirements of each individual project.

From installations and repairs, to refurbishments, risk assessments and system health checks, hebs Group offers a fully comprehensive range of maintenance services, including:

– Mechanical

– Electrical

– HVAC

– Roofing

– Building Fabric

– Compliance

– Gas

– Trenchless Solutions

– Drainage and Pipeline

By using cost effective and innovative solutions from beginning to end, our highly-trained, dedicated teams are here to provide emergency maintenance services to clients in Liverpool and all over the United Kingdom, as we extend our services to private care and nursing homes where they are most needed.

If you need our emergency maintenance services please contact Mike Berry, Director of Maintenance and the team at info@hebs-group.co.uk or call 0151 236 0707.