Electrical Inspection & Testing.
Inspection and Testing is used to assess the condition of electrics within a property. The condition of all electrical installations will deteriorate over time. They should therefore be tested and inspected by a competent Electrician at appropriate intervals to assess the level of deterioration, and whether this will have any impact on its safe use in the future.
These safety checks are referred to as ‘Periodic inspection and tests’ and the document which all findings are recorded an ‘Electrical condition report’. This is where the Electrician will detail all recorded findings and test results, and list any problems or issues. The report will be marked as either ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’, in the case of the latter, necessary remedial work required to obtain a satisfactory result will be identified. An Electrical Condition Report is a bit like an MOT for your electrics, sometimes work will be required to achieve a safe standard
Use a Competent, Experienced Electrician.
We have a huge amount of experience in Electrical Inspection & Testing, our Electricians are highly knowledgeable in all current regulations and requirements and qualified to City & Guilds 2391 (Inspection & Testing). Unfortunately many Electricians who do not have this qualification or relevant experience will still offer safety inspections and may not pick up on what may be something very important for safety.
We are also experts at what we consider a very important aspect of an Inspection- A clear explanation of any problems, recommendations or required work. Following your Inspection if you require any remedial work and wish to use an Electrician from our company for the work, we will conduct a subsequent re-test and all certification for free.
How often do I need an Electrical Inspection?
The period for how often a property should be inspected will differ depending on a few factors but as a general rule it is-
10 years for domestic homes or change of ownership.
5 years for domestic homes which are rented out.
5 years for commercial business premises.
What does an Inspection and test involve?
An in depth inspection of all your electrics. All of your fixed electrical equipment will be inspected by an Electrician included the incoming mains supply and fuse-board, all required earthing and safety measures will be checked. Cables under floors and within inaccessible spaces would usually not be inspected, however a sample of all your switches, sockets and light fittings (normally 25%) would be removed from the wall or ceiling and the connections and electrics checked within them.
There are also multiple tests to be done, most of which are done within the main fuse-board. Some tests need to be done with the power off, whilst others will be done live. The Electrician will switch your power on and off several times during the testing.
In some cases certain tests or inspections may not be able to be conducted due to certain aspects of the electrics not being able to be accessed or disrupted. If so, the tests or inspections can be left out and detailed as a ‘limitation’ on the report. Alternative methods can then be used to assess the condition of the relevant parts of the installation.
We understand the need to be flexible- not all installations can be powered down at certain times, if at all. Whether this requires alternative methods of assessment, or working unsociable hours, we can always provide a solution to suit your needs.
Visual Inspections/ Landlords Inspections.
We also conduct a less thorough Electrical check. Often these will be done every 6 months, yearly or upon change of tenant for rental properties, which leads them to also be called landlords inspections.
Disruption is kept to a minimum as the Inspection is mainly visual- switches, lights, sockets and the fuse board lids are not removed. The Electrician will also conduct a few crucial tests, usually completed at a socket outlet.
A Visual Inspection should never replace a full detailed inspection. Visual inspections should only be carried out as supplementary to a full satisfactory Electrical report.
Portable appliance testing (PAT)
Portable Appliance Testing is an annual requirement for companies and organizations to ensure that their electrical equipment is safe for their employees to use. Also recommended for landlords to ensure any appliances included in a rental property are safe and fit for use. We can complete any PAT testing at the same time as other electrical testing.