Electrical Inspection & Testing
ELECTRICAL TESTING TO BS 7671
The Electrical Installation Report (formerly known as the period installation report) is a legal requirement of The Electricity at Work Regulations 1974 and is required for all businesses.
The law stipulates that all electrical wiring, installations and appliances should be in good working order so that they will not harm anyone, even under fault conditions. This applies to all businesses regardless of whether it is a take-away, nursing home or hotel.
South London Electricians offer testing to meet both your legal and insurance requirements. We can test your electrical installation to make sure it is safe to be used and if it passes will issue a safety record. In the event that it fails we will issue a report detailing the results and any remedial work which may be required.
HOME BUYER REPORTS
Buying new house or flat can be one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make. If you buy your new home and then find out that it needs to be re-wired this can be extremely expensive. Members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that electrical and heating reports are done prior to buying a house in order to give you peace of mind. The introduction of new regulations means that expert knowledge is required in order to undertake the tests. If you find out your new home needs re-wiring after you have bought it there is nothing you can do, but if you find out beforehand we can email a copy of the report to you so that you can discuss the details with the clients.
We have vast experience in the domestic field so you can be confident about the quality of our services. Having a report done means that you know what you are getting into before you are fully committed. We offer Home Buyers Reports from as little as £120.00
PAT TESTING FOR LANDLORDS AND BUSINESSES
Businesses, employers, institutions and landlords all have a statutory responsibility to ensure that any portable appliances on their premises are safe for use. Regular PAT testing plays an essential part in documenting this duty of care. South London Electricians are NICEIC Registered and can provide a PAT Testing service to all businesses from large PLC’s to sole traders. Our past experience includes restaurants, offices, take-aways, hotels, hairdressers, beauty salons and many more. Why not give us a call today to discuss your PAT Testing requirements.
If you are a landlord are all your testing documents in order? Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, HMO, holiday homes and static caravans) as a business activity is required by law to ensure that the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.
The Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994 require that all mains electrical equipment (such as cookers, washing machines and kettles etc) which are supplied with the accommodation must be safe in order to protect the tenant. This applies to both new and used equipment.
CODES ON EICR
The codes are used to determine whether or not there are non-compliances or faults with the electrical installation and are numbered C1 to C3. These codes are entered on the Electrical Installation Condition Report, together with a description of the nature of the fault, and will determine whether a ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ report will be applied to the installation.
• Code C1 ‘Danger present’: There is a risk of injury and immediate remedial action is required to
remove the dangerous condition. Typical examples of this include: a broken socket, live conductors
that could be touched on fitting a consumer unit (fuse board), a burnt cable due to using the wrong
size of conductor or an overloaded circuit.
• Code C2 ‘Potentially dangerous condition’: Urgent remedial action required. This should state the
nature of the problem rather than the remedial actions required. Examples of this include: no
earthing to gas or water pipe, damaged lighting low insulation readings on cables.
• Code C3 ‘Improvement recommended’ This code more often than not implies that while the installation
may not comply with the current BS7671 it complies with a previous set of regulations and so is
deemed to be safe even though safety could be improved. Typical examples of this are: down lights
which are not fire rated, no RCD protection on lighting or power circuits