Spanish electrical installations are to say the very least, interesting. You just don''t know what you are turning up to find, which is not to infer that they are bad, only that they don''t always follow a set logical pattern, even sometimes within the same building.
In older properties this can be a bit of a nightmare, you start by tracing a fault in one direction, only to find that over the years virtually everybody who has owned the property has tried to "Do it yourself" some additional wiring, and they never tried to say that they were qualified, or even really new what they were doing, only that "It was working okay" when they left it. That''s when it becomes really interesting; in some cases you would have more chance of finding that needle in the haystack. But let''s not discount nightmares in newer properties as well, such as missing cables, unconnected wiring, or just plain old wrongly wired up sockets and switches, we''ve seen each of these examples at first hand. The problem sometimes lies with the constructor; qualified men are expensive and hard to hold onto, so installations are often carried out by "Assistants" whose work is checked out afterwards in theory, however in practice this is often not the case. The results range from "funny", to "Fairly dire"
Hot water boilers, washing machines and dish washers, they all break down and seemingly more frequently than ever. The hard water supplies in the area cause havoc with heating elements and thermostats, filling boilers and washing machines with sludgey calcium deposits, and While it is not always possible to repair them, it quite often is, depending upon the machine and its age, and at a reasonable cost.
Lights and lighting, where do you get them? If you don''t want the off the shelf lights there are some great lighting shops around, if you know where to go. How many do you need? Can you use inset lights in a particular room? Do you want to create a particular effect in one part of a room, what about dimmers? Now that you have your lights how do you put them up, it''s not so easy with concrete ceilings, and what a lovely array of coloured wires for just one light! Lighting needs planning, too little and you can''t see, too much and you need dark glasses on in the house.
So what is the answer? Well that''s simple, quality tradesman who know what they are doing, who have the experience to know when things are wrong and are there to rectify your problems, but who are honest too, not offering to rewire your apartment just because a fuse blows. You don''t need to wait for long before you hear tales of expensive work having been offered to clients who didn''t need it! Ask for our advice before choosing lights and lighting, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort that way, cash too. At Seabreeze and Blue Sky we maintain the highest standards, honest, reliable and eco -friendly.