How to hire a temporary construction site electrics company
How much power do you need? How long will you need temporary power? What happens if you suddenly lose power? Asking the right questions is crucial if you require a temporary construction site electrics. It’s why it’s so important to use a company who understands your unique power needs and provides you with the temporary site services that will give you everything you need for the duration of your project.
We take a look at some of the key things you need to consider when you hire a company to provide you with temporary construction site electrics.
How detailed is their site visit?
A site visit should focus on finding the most efficient way of managing and distributing temporary power across your site. This means your temporary power company needs to have a clear idea about your project and all your requirements for temp electrics. In particular, they should be asking questions about the following:
- The size and scope of your construction project and details about what you are actually building
- The expected duration of the work
- Where power is needed around the construction site
- What equipment will need power, such as drop lights, industrial fans, ventilation equipment, electric power tools and electric heaters
- Whether you will be using any large construction machinery that needs an external power source for start-up
- How many trailers you will be using for administrative tasks or housing construction workers
- Whether any utilities are available and if so, where.
If a company rushes the site visit or doesn’t ask any of these key questions, then you might want to look elsewhere. At Energy Distribution Hire we see the site visit as crucial to the success of the project. Not only does it enable us to work out the most suitable temporary power solutions for your needs, but also allows us to get to know you and your team.
Are you provided with a detailed specification and quote ?
No two construction site projects are the same, which is why a detailed specification is so important. It should outline exactly why the chosen solution is the most efficient for your project and should include everything you will need including power distribution units, cable hire, lighting, cable protectors and cable ramps. It should also provide advice on contingency and fail-safe options.
How responsive are they?
How they work with you initially is a good indication of how your relationship will be once you approve the quote. Ideally, you want the temporary power company to work closely with your team and to always keep you up-to-date with what is happening, so you know you’re going to be able to meet your deadlines.
It’s one of the reasons we provide a 24-hour support line, so we are always on hand if you have any concerns.
How quickly can they get you power?
There is nothing worse than getting a quote for temporary construction site electrics and realising that they can’t get to you for another 6 months! Always ask the question upfront about supply times so you can quickly decide if their timescales work for you.
As the UK’s largest stockist of temporary electrics, we are able to respond very quickly to all requests.
Is all the equipment fully certified?
You need to be confident that any power distribution products you hire are not only able to withstand the tough conditions of construction sites, but are also fully tested and certified to meet British and European Safety standards. The last thing you need is for your construction site to grind to a halt thanks to poor equipment. It’s also worth checking that all engineers are fully trained.
Do they offer both full installation and dry hire?
Depending on the size and nature of your project, you may decide that you would rather dry hire the equipment rather than opt for full installation. The problem is many companies won’t offer both services, so decide up front which option suits you best.
We are happy to provide you with as much or as little help as you want so offer both a full installation and dry hire service.
Is there a 24/7 emergency call out service?
Unfortunately things do go wrong, so you need to be confident that someone is on hand 24/7 to sort out any problems. Always check this before you hire a company, as the last thing you want is to find out too late that they don’t come out on bank holidays.
We know emergencies never happen at a good time, which is why our emergency call-out service is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Looking for temporary site electrics installations?
Whatever the size of your construction site project, we offer a full range of temporary power distribution solutions, and provide a national service over the whole of the UK.
Get in touch today to find out how we can help you.