The Importance of Domestic Electrical Inspections

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Published: 19 May 2017

Domestic electrical test and inspections

It is important to have regular electrical inspections on any property, whether it is domestic or commercial. There are many reasons why you could need an electrical test or inspection on your property. It could be for insurance purposes, Landlords inspection, Change of use or ownership or even just for your own peace of mind.

All electrical systems deteriorate with age and use so it is important that they are maintained regularly to ensure the safety of people around the system are not at risk.
No matter what the reason, Properties should have electrical installations certified regularly to ensure the safety of the system. A domestic inspection will reveal any potential hazards within the tested installation, Check for earthling and bonding (or the lack of it), as well as identify any defective work whilst checking all the fixed wiring. This includes testing RCD’s to make sure they trip under fault conditions and checking fuse and circuit breaker ratings.

Landlord’s hold the responsibility to ensure that the property that is being rented is fit for purpose, this includes the electrical wiring. A domestic electrical installation condition report is recommended either every time the property changes tenancy, or every 10 years whichever is sooner. This ensures that the tenant has not changed or damaged the electrical system in any way. It also ensures that the system is safe and usable by a new occupier.

If you are putting your property up for sale it may also be worth having an electrical condition report done so you can show your prospective buyers that the house is electrically safe. In the same way when buying a house you should always have the electrics checked by an NICEIC approved contractor to make sure there are not any nasty surprises waiting for you which could cost you money to put right after buying.

You should ensure that any electrical work, whether it be maintenance, repairs or tests and inspections is done by a qualified engineer that is certified under a government scheme.

As an example the most widely known electrical governing body is NICEIC. Daton Electrical services have been NICEIC Certified for over 15 years so have a huge amount of experience in the electrical field.