Safety in the home is a MUST, and as a Landlord, you must ensure that your tenant(s) – or anyone entering or using your property, are not put at risk, by making sure that the electrical installation remains in a safe and serviceable condition. A Periodic Inspection checks the state of an existing electrical inspection against BS7671, the UK Standard for the safety of electrical installations.
So with this in mind, it’s important to look at how periodic inspections can guarantee the safety of your home electrics.
Electrical installations, like most things, have a lifespan. Usage and age are just two factors that can contribute to deterioration. Periodic inspections highlight these issues so that you can ensure your home is safe. By inspecting and testing your electrical inspections periodically, you’re ensuring they’re in full working order. They’re great for peace of mind. After an inspection, you’ll know what work needs to be carried out on your property to get the electrics back to tip-top condition.
What’s involved in a periodic inspection?
- Discovering if there are any fire hazards or potential shock risks
- Looking for lack of bonding or earthing
- Inspecting to see if equipment/electrical circuits are overloaded
- Finding out it if there’s any substandard electrical work
- Tests on fixed/wiring electrical equipment are also carried out to ensure everything is safe.
How often do I need a periodic inspection?
- If you own your home you need to make sure your electrics are inspected (and tested) every ten years
- Caravans need to have an inspection every three years
- If you rent your home, a periodic inspection needs to be carried out every five years
- Swimming pools need to be checked out yearly
Also, before you buy, sell or rent your home, an inspection is required. So there’s no excuse! What cost would you put on the safety of your family?
What will I be given after my inspection?
You’ll get an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report.) This will report on all the potential dangers that have been found in your home. For example, it will cover deterioration, non-compliances and damage. You’ll know exactly what work needs to be carried out on your home to make sure it’s the haven you want it to be!
Who should complete your inspection?
It’s important that a periodic inspection is done by an ‘electrically competent person’. However, we’d suggest you employ a ‘registered’ electrician. Asking to see an electrician’s credentials is a good move, and here at Stocks, we’re always happy to show our Contractor’s qualifications!
What happens if my home doesn’t pass the periodic inspection?
If potential electrical dangers are found in your home, the inspection findings will be deemed unsatisfactory. You’ll be informed if this is the case, and you’ll need to get the work done ASAP to ensure your home.
is a safe place. It’s worth getting two or three quotes to consider from a NIC EIC Registered Electrician.
Call us on 01395 222365 if you’d like more information.