When did you last have your electrics tested?
The recommendation is that the electrics within every home should be tested no less than every 10 years. For commercial and rented property this is every 5 years.
Why should your electrics be tested, even if you’ve never had any problems?
It’s important that all electrical installations are regularly inspected to ensure that any deficiencies or deterioration of the installation is observed. Think of it as an MOT for your electrics. You may never have had any problems, but your electrics can still be unsafe. Remember, electricity can be dangerous.
Is it law?
Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations states:
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all electrical systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.”
Regulations are approved by Parliament. These are usually made under the Health and Safety at Work Act, following proposals from HSC.
Therefore it is highly recommended, particularly if the installation is being used by members of the public, employees or tenants. Also, failure to comply could void insurances, it may be worth checking the terms and conditions within these documents.
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What is done during a test?
The periodic inspection is split into 2 parts. Firstly, we carry out a visual inspection, this would involve looking at the existing installation including removing about 20% of accessories to look behind them and verify its general condition, age and compliance with the regulations.
Secondly, we carry out, physical tests on the cabling, to ensure its condition and correct wiring. 4 to 5 different tests in total depending on the installation.
On completion, we will issue you with a certificate for the test. It would detail the circuits tested and the relevant test results. We would also list any items we found that are deemed unsafe or do not comply with current regulations.
What does it cost?
We charge from £90 plus VAT for 1 bed flat. As a guideline, an average 3-bed house would cost around £140.00 plus VAT.
Remember, just because you’ve never had any problems, it doesn’t always mean that your electrics are safe.
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