Home buyer electrical safety checks in Essex
By delta T your electrical contractors in Essex.
These were called Periodic Inspection Reports “PIR” and have now changed to "Electrical Installation Condition Report” EICR”or are more commonly called an electrical Test and inspection. Essex based delta T Electrical is able to test and certificate properties throughout the Essex area. Click to see more about electrical safety checks and the law.
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The New Electrical Installation Condition Report which came into effect in January 2012 has replaced the Electrical Periodic Inspection, Electrical Safety checks need to be carried out regularly to check for any dangerous conditions occurring within your electrical system.
New installations can be certified for up to 10 years from the date of installation. This needs to be signed by the installer who was also the designer. They should provide you with a New Installation Certificate; this should also be registered with your local council to comply with Part “P” of the building regulations.
The nature of this work means that the electrician Essex based delta T Electrical send out to you will be fully qualified to City & Guilds 2391-10 and competent to carry out all safety checks on your premises.
Government research figures estimate that in each year there are around: 10 fatal and 2,000 non-fatal electric shock accidents in the home and 19 fatal and 880 non-fatal shock accidents in the workplace.
They also estimate that there are about 12,500 electrical fires in homes in the UK each year. Although many of these incidents are caused by damaged or faulty appliances rather than the electrical installation itself, a properly installed and well-maintained electrical system will save lives.
Only electricians with the advanced City and Guilds Test & Inspections 2391-10 should be undertaking these reports according to the Law.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.
Electrical Installation Condition Report will :-
Reveal if any of your 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.
How often is an Electrical Installation Condition Report required?
10 years for an owner-occupied home.
5 years for a rented home.
3 years for a caravan
1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times when a Test and inspection should be carried out are:-
When a property is being prepared for letting.
Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
If you are looking for a local electrical inspection Essex based delta T Electrical are your first point of call!
It is estimated that the Number of homes without adequate RCD protection at the consumer unit in the South East of the country is around 1,732,000 and in London 1,779,000.
All of these properties would fail an electrical inspection. Essex based delta T Electrical are able to not only test and inspect your property but also carry out and certify any remedial works required to make your installation legal.
Electrical Installation Condition Report should be carried out only by electrically qualified persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrical installation against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations IET 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.
Inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:-
• The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
• The suitability of the switch gear and control gear. For example, an old fuse box with wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
• The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
• The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting PVC insulation).
• Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
• The presence of adequate identification and notices.
• The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
If you are looking for a local electrician Essex based delta T Electrical can offer the service and price to meet your requirements.
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