What is electrical testing
Also known as ‘Inspection and Testing’, electrical testing is a set of procedures designed to ensure that all electrical equipment and circuits are working properly.
Inspection and testing is carried out to ensure that anything that is connected to the mains supply in your house is functioning in accordance with the latest wiring regulations. It will also ensure that the mains supply itself is working as it should be, and is not subject to any undue load. It will review the age of the cables in your house and ensure they are up to the job.
Inspection and testing is designed to ensure that no appliance will cause an issue in your home – from electric shock to short circuit to being a fire hazard.
These days, inspections can also advise on ways of making your home more energy efficient, and House AV are experts in Solar Panel and EV charging installation.
What are the rules and regulations for inspection and testing?
In the UK, all electrical safety testing must be carried out by a qualified engineer. They should be part of a government backed scheme; House AV are members of the government backed NAPIT scheme (National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers).
Every engineer has sat an exam to prove they understand the very latest version of the IET wiring regulations, currently known as the 18th edition, or BS7671 amendment 2.
If you are a private landlord, you are required by law to ensure that your tenanted property has been inspected and you have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (also known as EICR) that is up to date. You must have the property inspected no more than every five years.
If you are a homeowner and your installation and consumer unit is up to data and in good condition, the recommendation is to have a new EICR every ten years. If you are selling your house, you will be required to evidence an EICR certificate.
Our full range of inspection and testing services is as follows:
Consumer Unit upgrades
Home buyers’ report
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