An electrician inspecting a electrical system periodically

What is a periodical inspection on your electrical system?

First and foremost, you need to understand exactly what a periodical inspection is, why your electrical system needs inspecting regularly, who can test and inspect it and depending on the property type, how often it should be inspected. According to the Electrical Safety First guidelines, in the UK, a periodic inspection is:

“An inspection and associated testing to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.”   Electrical Safety First

That’s pretty straightforward, right? What’s important to note here, however, is that upon completion of the required inspection and testing on the system, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will need to be issued that details any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the current British safety standards (BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations – IET Wiring Regulations) which might be dangerous and put the property occupants at risk.

A periodic inspection of your electrical system will also:

  • Reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
  • Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
  • Identify any defective electrical work.
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.

Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property in case any future works has to be completed. It saves a lot of time.

Who can carry out an electrical inspection on your system?

Periodic inspections and testing should only be carried out by registered electricians who have the accreditations by third party electrical industry specialists and who are professionally trained to conduct inspections and testing and who are also insured for any damages that could occur. For a full rundown of the training and certifications Unique Tech Solution has, please visit our Electrical Accreditations page.

How frequent do electrical tests and inspections need to be?

It is recommended by electrical safety authorities that periodic inspection and testing is carried out:

  • For owned homes
    Every 10 years for an owner-occupied home
  • For rented properties
    Every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever comes sooner (Source: GOV.UK)
  • For business properties
    Every 5 years for a business

Please note for rented properties; the Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires landlords of properties with short leases to keep the electrical wiring in repair and in proper working order. It’s recommended that landlords arrange for periodic inspection and testing to be carried out by a registered electrician at the relevant intervals shown above.

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We carry out a full range of Residential Electrical Services and Commercial Electrical Services across Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset including electrical installations, structured data cabling, maintenance works, and mandatory testing (e.g. PAT, EICR, emergency lightingfire alarms) for all types of retail premises, public and private offices. Our expert team of friendly tech advisers, based in Poole Dorset, are always on hand and happy to help with your enquiry, get in touch below or call us on 01202 743231.

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