In the same way your car needs servicing to maintain its optimal performance, so too does your building’s electrical installations. As with anything, regular use and age deteriorate key components and this wear and tear can eventually develop into a much more serious problem. Periodic Electrical Inspections ensure that your installations are operating in a safe condition and are fit for continued use.
Undertaking a professional inspection will:
How often is a periodic inspection required?
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
· 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
· 5 years for a rented home.
· 3 years for a caravan
· 1 year for a swimming pool.
You should also conduct an inspection when:
· A property is being prepared for letting.
· Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
Who should carry out the inspection and what happens?
Electricians and trained professionals should be the only persons carrying out periodic inspections. They have the knowledge and skills to check the conditions of the equipment against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations and ensure the safety of the components.
During an inspection, the professional checks:
After the inspection is complete, the professional will issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
If anything dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory', meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.
During a Karsons audit we make sure to check that periodic electrical inspections are being held within current regulations. Contact us today to find out more about our thorough inspections and how we make sure your building services are within compliance and safe for your staff and clients.