An electrical inspection will check an installation is safe. Wiring and electrical accessories wear and age. Having the electrical installation checked will:
1. Check for items that need immediate attention.
2. Check for items that could cause danger in the near future.
3. Compare the electrics with the current wiring regulations. Useful for a buyer wanting to know what is necessary for a new kitchen or extension for example.
Electrical components need inspecting in the same way a gas boiler does. A faulty electrical installation increases the risk of electrical-related injury and fire.
Customers receive the condition report in pdf and an explanation in laymans terms upon completion.
If everything works, is an electrical inspection necessary?
If you noticed a radiator dripping you would call a plumber. The problem with electricity is no one can see it leaking through cabling or faulty accessories . Loose connections, exposed live parts and undersized cables are common visual noted faults. Testing will reveal if cables are starting to fail, overloaded and have loose connections.
Some faults go unnoticed until things stop working, lights flicker, an rcd trips or a tingling sensation from the bath taps. Keep your family safe: have the electrical installation inspected so you can resolve any faults.
The electrical inspection process; what to expect on the day .
If you have it, previous electrical certificates and reports are useful. It would highlight if something listed had become worse since the the properties last inspection. It helps confirm the circuit layout – and if anything has altered since the last test. Access to the whole property is necessary including the loft and outbuildings if mains power is present. As many socket outlets should be accessable as possible.
For the visual inspection i’m looking for age, condition, alterations and obvious electrical problems. Firstly, i check the consumer unit for labelling. The circuit protection should state what it is protecting. Labels can be missing and incorrect. If your tumble dryer burst in to flames you would like to see “kitchen sockets” so you could remove the power. With the circuit information the inspection and testing can begin.
The electrical safety test procedure .
The first test confirms the main earth is functional and isn’t relying on the gas or water pipe. The second check is to confirm polarity; that the live and neutral are in the correct place. The series of tests that follow will clarify the condition of the wiring inside the walls and under the floors. Electricians test equipment can measure current leaking between cable cores and if circuit breakers would trip.
Power for the whole property will be off whilst some tests take place. So although your landline will work, the broadband equipment won’t. The amount of time the whole process takes will depend on:
1. The number of consumer units.
2. The total number of circuits.
3. The size of the property.
4. If the circuit protection labels are present and correct (working out what belongs to which circuit can take some time!)
I’m a registered electrician carrying out through, cost-effective electrical inspections in Cardiff, Penarth and Dinas Powys. So if you are purchasing a property or your test date is due i would like to hear from you.