Periodic Electrical Inspections Explained

We’re all familiar with the well-established philosophy that wine gets better with age, but unfortunately, like most things, electrical installations only deteriorate over time. When electrical deterioration occurs, safety is often jeopardised and can result in fires, shocks, burns, and in severe cases, death.

Maintaining electrical installations in the home is extremely important. Whether you live in rented accommodation, a static home, or are a homeowner, periodic electrical  inspections performed by a qualified electrician will ensure that your home electrics remain secure and reliable.

The purpose of periodic electrical inspections

Periodic electrical  inspections are designed to highlight and address problems and potential dangers within the electrical installations in your home. The inspection will include:

  • an assessment of electrical circuits and equipment to ensure that they are not overloaded
  • the suitability of the consumer unit (fuse box) as well as the type of wiring
  • identifying any deterioration within electrical installations
  • establishing the condition of earthing and bonding
  • inspecting the general wear and tear of all electrics

A power outage is normally required during an inspection, but inspections can be planned to suit your daily schedule.

Who can carry out a periodic electrical inspection?

In order for electrical installations to be checked against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations), it is essential that inspections are carried out by a qualified and registered electrician who is part of a competent person scheme.

Following an inspection, an Electrical Installation Condition Report must be submitted by the electrician in order to detail all findings, such as deterioration, unsatisfactory conditions, dangers, and non-compliances with the standards.

If improvements are recommended in the report due to unsatisfactory or dangerous installations, urgent action may be required, and work may need to be carried out with immediate effect.

How often do you need a periodic electrical inspection?

Depending on the type of home, periodic electrical inspections are recommended every ten years for owner-occupied homes, every five years for rented accommodation, and every three years for a caravan or static home. Industry experts also advise including an inspection when a property is being developed or prepared for letting, and also before selling or buying a property.

Following a periodic inspection, the electrician will routinely apply a periodic test notice to your consumer unit displaying the next test date.

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Does Your Home Require an Electrical Inspection?

The importance of regular electrical inspection and testing cannot be understated, which is why we provide professional electrical services to help maintain safety standards. If you are looking for your local Electrician is Devon, we can help at Spark Squad. Visit our electrical inspection and testingwebpage, call on 01395 350 125 or visit the Spark Squad contact page