Testing and Inspection

Testing & Inspection Services

As a result of legal changes, the building industry, insurance companies and the buy to let market are demanding more frequent testing and inspecting of various electrical installations. Here at M. Electrical, we are meeting that demand by offering quality tests and inspections to clients in multiple sectors.

The intervals for testing can be complicated for commercial, industrial and horticultural clients due to the type of work and the number of employees that work with the respective industries. By turning to our team, we will provide you with assistance and advice on the various intervals for your industry. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team, we are more than happy to help! Below, we have outlined the facts you need to know.

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    NICEIC Testing

    It is recommended that a domestic electrical installation should be tested at a maximum time period of every 10 years. Regulations state that periodic inspections and testing of a fixed wiring installation should be completed at routine intervals. This is something that our team can assist with as we are NICEIC registered installers.

    Our electrical engineers in Dorset possess plenty of experience in tests and inspections of all manner of installations. For landlords, rental domestic properties should be inspected each year or whenever the tenancy changes to ensure that the electrical system is operating correctly. These routine intervals will also allow you to check that no changes have been made without your knowledge.

    Portable Appliance Testing and Inspection

    Our experts at M. Electrical also provide Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). With regards to the time period between inspections, it can differ depending on the condition, usage and age of the installation. Our engineer will recommend the best time to inspect.

    Electrical Checks Every 5 Years

    Since June 2020, it has been a legal requirement for private landlords in England to have their electrical installations inspected by an engineer to ensure their safety. The rules state:

    • From 1st July 2020, electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy.
    • Checks on existing tenancies must be conducted by 1st April 2021.
    • Checks must be carried out every 5 years.
    • Any remedial work needs to be completed within 28 days.
    • Installations must meet British Standard BS 7671.

    All landlords are responsible for ensuring that the electrician hired for these checks is qualified and competent. At M. Electrical, we are an accredited firm that can carry out an array of testing and inspections for you.

    Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

    Since October 2015, landlords who own properties occupied by tenants are required to do the following:

    • Have a smoke alarm installed on each storey of their premises where a room is used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
    • Have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in any room that is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and has a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
    • Arrange for the alarm to be checked on the day a new tenancy begins.

    Our team are capable of conducting these checks for you. If you would like to learn more about the rules and regulations, get in touch today.

    Find Out More

    To speak to a member of our team or to arrange a test and inspection, give us a call today on 01202 730278. You can also reach us on 07786 436008.

    Alternatively, send an email to [email protected] or fill in the following form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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