Testing & Inspections

Testing & Inspections

Guide To Electrical installation Condition Reports
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Condition Reports explained

You cannot see electricity. Cables are usually hidden inside our walls, and consumer units are often hidden in cupboards, so it is not surprising that we forget to check the condition of our electrical installation for damage or wear and tear.

Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes or electrical fires in the home. You can reduce the risk of a fire by checking the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories regularly.

How old is my electrical installation?

Clear signs that can help you tell the age of equipment in the electrical installation in your home
include:

  • Fixed cables coated in black rubber (stopped being used in the 1960s).
  • Fixed cables coated in lead or fabric (used before the 1960s).
  • A fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a mixture of fuse boxes (used before
    the 1960s).
  • Older round pin sockets (or light switches), braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown
    (or black) switches, or sockets mounted in or no skirting boards (used before the 1960s).
  • Light switches on the walls or in bathrooms (used before the 1960s).

However old your electrical installation is, it may get damaged and will suffer from wear and tear. So you should get an electrician to check its condition at least every 10 years or when you move
into a new property.

What is the aim of a condition report?

The five main aims of a condition report are:

  1. Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
  2. Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it
  3. Satisfy local authority and insurance refurbishments
  4. Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures.
  5. Provide an important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.

Upon completion of the electrical testing, a detailed electrical installation condition Report is supplied containing the following certification:

  • Guidance Notes for recipients.
  • Schedule of Inspection and Schedule of Test Results.

The engineer who carried out your testing will also talk through the results with you and explain if any remedial work is necessary in order to remedy an unsafe installation. If the electrical installation has any faults, they will be listed under the section of observations and recommendations and will be given one of the following codes:

  • code one – requires immediate attention
  • code two – requires urgent attention
  • code three – improvement recommended
    ◦ FI -further investigation required
    ◦ Lim- unable to test

IEE recommends the maximum time between electrical installation condition reports:

  • Commercial premises – max 5 years
  • Industrial premises – max 3 years
  • Hotels and Public Houses – max 5 years
  • Shops and Offices – max 5 years
  • Domestic – max 10 years or at change of occupancy
  • Residential – max 5 years or at change of occupancy
  • Launderettes – max 1 year
  • Community Centres/Village Halls – max 5 years
  • Churches – max 5 years
  • Educational premises – max 5 years
  • Places of public entertainment and theatres – max 3 years
  • Leisure complexes (excluding swimming pools) – max 3 years
  • Swimming Pools – max 1 year
  • Construction site/temporary installations – every 3 months

Who should produce your condition report?

Hastings Electricians are fully qualified and insured electricians with many years experience of properties in Hastings and St Leonards. Contact us for prices .