Ask the experts: What is the best type of tradesperson for fitting an electric shower?

Renovating and refurbishing any part of your home can be a daunting prospect, and your bathroom is no exception.

With so many things to consider, like plumbing and bathroom electrical safety, it pays to have all your questions answered before employing a tradesperson. At MyBuilder.com, that’s exactly what you can do, with hundreds of expert bathroom fitters, plumbers and electricians ready and waiting with help and advice. We’ve enlisted our own help from MyBuilder.com to create a series of blog posts answering those most common of bathroom questions.

In today’s blog post, we’ve “asked the experts” the following question: “What is the best type of tradesperson for fitting an electric shower?”.


What is the best type of tradesperson for fitting an electric shower?

Anyone doing work such as fitting an electric shower will need to be qualified to work with electrics safely. The section of building regulations that refers to domestic electricals is called Part P, so you may hear tradespeople talk about being “Part P qualified”. What they mean is that they are registered with a competent persons scheme such as ELECSA or NICEIC to self-certify their work. All electricians should be able to self-certify their work, but some plumbers will also be able to. Dedicated bathroom fitting firms should have people who can deal with the plumbing, electrics, and issues like tiling.

TB Renovations say: “Electrical work carried out in bathrooms, shower rooms, cloakrooms, wet rooms and kitchens are considered under current legislation to be "special cases" and as such the work MUST be carried out by a Part P certified electrician who should issue a Part P certificate for the work done. If your plumber is Part P certified, he or she will be able to fit an electric shower, otherwise, he or she should not fit it and you would have to find an electrician.”

Fitting an electric shower


Further advice for buying and fitting an electric shower

Here at VictoriaPlum.com, we work closely with some of the UK’s leading electric shower manufacturers and suppliers, including Mira Showers.

You’ll find plenty of helpful advice for you and your Part P certified tradesperson, including:

Electric showers


Other helpful advice when fitting an electric shower

One other important thing to consider when having an electric shower installed is how a bathroom differs from other rooms in your home.

We would recommend reading our guide to electrical products and bathroom safety, where we’ll show you how your bathroom is divided into different electrical zones and explain IP ratings.


Still don’t feel like your question has been answered?

If you still have further questions around any aspect of your bathroom project, why not ask one of MyBuilder’s expert tradespeople, who will be more than happy to help.

Once you are happy that all your questions have been answered and are ready to begin, you can easily post a job on MyBuilder.com and start getting quotes from recommended tradespeople in your local area.