All electrical installations deteriorate with time and use and so to ensure the safety of the users it is important that periodic inspection and testing is carried out by a competent person. This is a specific recommendation of BS 7671, commonly known as the Wiring Regulations.
Compliance with the Wiring Regulations may be achieved by carrying out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (formerly known as a Periodic Inspection Report). As the name suggests, this is a report, not a certificate, and it provides an assessment of the in-service condition of an electrical installation compared with the requirements of the current regulations.
In most cases landlords both private and commercial are likely to have a duty of care towards their tenants to ensure wiring systems and electrical equipment are maintained in a safe condition. Periodic inspection and testing is a recognised method of demonstrating compliance.
Costs of rewiring or upgrading an electrical installation can be expensive. A mortgage valuation or homebuyers report will only make general comments on the electrical services whereas an EICR can be used to give a full appraisal of the condition of the wiring.
The Wiring Regulations suggest that electrical installations in privately owned properties are inspected every 10 years. In practice however, most domestic installations over a few years old have probably never been tested. An up to date Electrical Installation Condition Report will give homeowners peace of mind that they are living in an electrically safe environment.
It is important that electrical equipment is maintained as part of a Health and Safety policy. In addition to fixed wiring inspection and testing, Sky Electrical offers a complete portable appliance testing service from a very few items in, for example, a rented property, to large numbers of items in schools, offices and other commercial and industrial premises.
If a building has emergency lighting then it is the legal responsibility of the duty holder to maintain the system on a regular basis. Sky Electrical can carry out an inspection and test of an emergency lighting system as well as offering a full repair and maintenance service.