What is electrical testing?
An electrical installation condition report is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation in order to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.
Electrical installation condition reports
- Electrical circuits or equipment which is overloaded
- Finds any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical
- Identifies any defective electrical work
- Highlights the lack of earth or bonding
Portable Appliance Testing | PAT Test
Portable appliance testing (commonly known as “PAT“, is the name of a process in the United Kingdom, by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is legal requirement for any commercial or rental property.
Why is a periodic inspection needed?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk and the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
When is an electrical installation condition report needed?
It is recommended that annual inspection and testing is carried out:
- When a property is being prepared to be let
- Prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property
What happens during an Electrical installation condition report?
The electrician will check the electrical installation against the current requirements of BS 7671 – Requirements to Electrical Installations (EE Wiring Regulations) – as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations.