Electrical installations deteriorate over time and require regular inspection and testing to determine if they are still in a safe condition. Commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’, once completed you will be issued with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that will detail:
• Any circuits and equipment that are overloaded
• Potential electric shock and fire hazard
• Defective electrical work
• Highlight any earthing or bonding issues
• The EICR will also provide a schedule of circuits, which may not have been available or changed since the original installation was carried out.
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How Often Should Periodic Inspections be carried out?
Inspection and testing should be carried out every 5 years, at the change of (or before the start of) a new tenancy, or before buying/selling a previously owned property.
Commercial, Industrial and Special Locations:
The frequency of inspections varies from premises to premises, type of use, and observations
made during previous inspections. However typically industrial premises should be tested every 3
years, commercial premises 5 years, and special locations 1 year.
Regular checks should also be made at 10 years for owner occupied home and 5 years for a rented home.
In addition to the standard homebuyers survey make sure that you request an EICR before purchasing your new home. An EICR carried out by a qualified electrician inspects the state of the wiring, switches, sockets, and any other power sources in a property, against current regulations and standards. Like the homebuyers or building survey you should ask for this to be done before contracts are exchanged on your new home.
Change of use/development:
Reports may also be required when there is a change of use of the premises or works have been