Are you in need of a report on an installation? Landlord renting out a property? Inspection for insurance or mortgage purposes?
Wire Test Co offers electrical inspection of fixed wiring in accordance with BS 7671. We test all forms of domestic properties as well as offices, shops, workshops etc. A full electrical inspection is the only way to determine the suitability of an installation for continued use. Domestic Inspections The average three bed house takes approximately a day to test properly and is concerned with full electrical testing as well as a complete visual inspection. There are many reasons why an inspection may be required on a domestic property, mortgage, rental preparation, fire or flood damage report, preparation for extension building or major modification, the list goes on, but whatever the reason, it's important to get the inspection done properly and by a registered electrician. Sometimes, a network operator, (someone who supplies power to a house), will require a report prior to reconnecting the supply if it's been disconnected for any reason. An electrical inspection and report is known as EICR, Electrical Installation Condition Report, and should not be confused with a visual inspection or a 'landlord certificate', which does not exist in the regulations. So, what happens during an inspection, and what do you get at the end? Typically, we test all the circuits in the house to check their electrical 'health'. We are looking for good insulation readings and good earth fault loop readings, this may not mean anything to you, but it's important for your electrical system in order to be deemed fit for use. We run a series of tests on the supply and on any safety devices you may have installed. We also complete a full visual inspection of all the accessible accessories, (switches, sockets etc), to make sure they are all serviceable. At the end of all this, we give you a report on the condition of your system with a conclusion of either 'satisfactory' or 'unsatisfactory'. A conclusion of 'unsatisfactory' means we have identified immediately, or potentially dangerous items on the system. Needless to say, these would need to be corrected before the system becomes safe again. The whole process produces a REPORT, it does not correct any defects and it does not certify anything, it's purely a report. You would be made aware of any defects that need correction. What does it cost? The average three bed house, with integral garage costs £175 for an EICR. Larger dwellings or more complicated systems will cost more but we are happy to provide you with a quote upon request. Why can't I just have a visual inspection? Fundamentally, there is nothing wrong with a visualinspection, and we think that any inspection is better than none at all, but it must be understood that it does not in any way replace a full EICR and a visual inspection is not recognised under the regulations as a valid proof of condition. However, visual inspections can reveal a lot of faults if the person doing it knows what he is looking for! To that end, we recommend only having a VI if a current EICR is in force and/or if the inspector is a fully registered electrician whose usual type of work is installation. As there is no electrical testing involved, the results will be limited to what is on show and can be seen. What do you recommend for landlords? Rental properties are required by law to be safe for the tenant, electrically, structurally, gas and water, all need to be in working order. Under CURRENT legislation, there is no requirement for a formal electrical report to be in place for any given property. This does not mean that the landlord is free to leave it and see what happens! If the system is not tested properly and maintained as a fully working system, and something happens, the landlord could find himself in a lot of trouble. It is worthwhile to note that if a landlord provides white goods for use by the tenant, these also need to be safe to use and should be tested in accordance with recommended intervals. We recommend that a property is fully tested prior to a tenant moving in, a complete EICR. That will remain in force for 5 years, but during that period of time there may be several changes of tenant. We recommend a visual inspection every two years or at every tenant change to determine if the system has been altered or tampered with from its original configuration. Under this regime, a landlord will be deemed to have done enough to maintain the electrical system.
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