From your television and computer to your fridge and oven, all of the necessities that you rely on each day require a constant source of electrical power. While we have all become accustomed to living in an electricity-fuelled world, one thing we often overlook is how safe our installations and appliances really are. Electrical inspection and testing have been designed to eliminate the worry of electricity-based hazards; however, is a service that many property owners, both commercial and domestic, are unfamiliar with.
What Is Electrical Inspection And Testing?
Before delving too deep into why you need electrical testing, it’s important to begin with understanding what is behind the service. The main purpose of an electrical inspection is to ensure that your properties electrical wiring is functioning to its full capacity, meaning that installations and appliances can continue to run problem-free.
It’s more than likely you have read stories in the newspapers about the devastation caused by electrical fires; a simple electrical inspection could save lives. Carried out in both commercial as well as residential properties, electrical inspections remain imperative in commercial environments. If there were to be any electrical faults that cause injury to a member of staff or visitor, there would be a serious issue, and the business owner will be liable. Regular inspections, along with PAT testing, are just some of the requirements listed in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. This also applies to landlords and their tenants. It’s the landlord’s duty of care to ensure they book in their property for regular electrical inspections, testing, boiler servicing and more to ensure the safety of those living in the house.
Benefits Of Electrical Inspection And Testing
Having provided electrical inspections in Milton Keynes for many years, we have worked with hundreds of clients who know that electrical inspections are key for safety, but are less aware of the host of other benefits. With this in mind, we are going to run through the following advantages in-depth:
- Keep Your Property & Those Inside Safe
- Remain Compliant With Electrical Standards
- Avoid Damage To Irreplaceable Items
- Lower Insurance Premiums
- Save Money
Keep Your Property & Those Inside Safe
Of course, everyone wants to feel safe in their home and having peace of mind that electricals are free from dangers can heavily contribute towards this. If your electrics are faulty, not only can it cause issues with your homes electrical wiring, but it can also cause your appliances to malfunction – which is how electrical fires start. In order to keep you and your family safe in your property and minimise the risks of electrical fires, it’s essential to have electrical testing and inspections. The most common warning signs of faulty home electrics are the following:
- Buzzing Noise – Anything from loose outlets to frayed wiring can cause electricals to give off a buzzing sound, which is a key sign that you need to contact an electrician. Electricity should always run smoothly and quietly, so if you notice any changes, its time to take action.
- Electrical Shocks – This indicates that there is a problem with either the appliance you are plugging in or the mains outlet. To check which of the two is faulty, try putting something different into the outlet. If you still feel a shock, then it is the outlet, and if not, it is the appliance.
- Burning Smell – One of the initial signs of an electric fire is a smell similar to burning plastic, which means that this is always an issue that should be seen to as soon as possible.
- Flickering Or Dimming Lights – Issues with the reliability of lights can be caused by faulty wiring on an overloaded circuit. However, if the light is flickering or dimming in only one room, it is likely to be the light itself.
- Frayed, Damaged Or Exposed Wiring – With age, wiring covers can begin to deteriorate which means that it’s not uncommon for you to experience fraying. However, when wires become exposed, it is vital to resolve the issue as it becomes a fire and shock hazard.
For more tips on how to spot a major electrical problem in the home, take a look at Family Handyman. We have also put together a guide on electrical safety in the home, which will provide you with all the information you need to avoid potential dangers.
Remain Compliant With Electrical Standards
When enlisting the expertise of an electrician, they are obliged to follow a number of electrical standards to guarantee the safety and reliability of their work. However, while as a homeowner, there is less pressure, it remains vital for electricals to stay in full working order, free from potential hazards to comply with Part P of the Building Regulations. This is an approved document which is provided by the Secretary of State, including practical guidance on how to follow the 2010 Building Regulations in England. For example, if you wish to install a new circuit or replace a consumer unit, you are advised to give building notice, accompanied by paperwork explaining your plan, should you have the relevant documents. The document has been created to protect anyone who is operating, maintaining or altering electrical installations from fire hazards and severe injury. You can find the full HM Government document by clicking the following link. Alternatively, for a broken-down explanation of Part P, head over to the Registered Competent Person website. In opting for regular electrical inspections, you can be assured that you will remain compliant with the regulations without having to carry out assessments independently as all will be completed by your chosen specialist.
If you are a landlord, then electrical testing becomes even more critical as you must ensure that all installations are not only safe when tenants move in, but throughout the tenancy. Wiring, fuse boxes and all other electricals must remain in full working order and free from any forms of danger. Every five years, you must schedule an electrical installation condition report, otherwise known as an EICR, with a qualified commercial electrician. The report has been designed to determine whether the condition of installations remain practical enough to continue serving their purpose. It is used to identify damage, defects and deterioration before they have an opportunity to worsen and pose threats to tenants. Landlords who are in need of periodic inspections in Milton Keynes are free to contact Heath Electrical Services, who can schedule a time for an electrical assessment whenever best fits with their schedule.
Avoid Damage To Irreplaceable Items
All items around the house can be covered by insurance, whether this may be electronics or vehicles; however, there are a number of possessions which are simply irreplaceable. They are worth so much more than just monetary value, which means that should they be damaged or lost; there is no real way to rectifying the consequences. Belongings such as family heirlooms or memories of past generations cannot be rebought, which means that it is essential that they remain protected while stored in your home.
According to statistics by Morgan Clark, the two most common causes of house fires are cooking and electrical appliances, which means that testing remains imperative in avoiding damage to your property. While the most important thing during a fire is to ensure that everyone is out the house safely, there is often no time to grab irreplaceable items. In ensuring that your electricals are regularly tested for potential issues, you can minimise the risk of fire; therefore, adding just that extra layer of protection on your valuables.
Lower Insurance Premiums
Although insurance is imperative in ensuring that you are covered at all times, most premiums do come alongside a substantial price tag. Inevitably, the more cover that you require, the higher your policy will be, which means that it is always handy to know tricks that will help you to save a few pounds. While the most significant benefit of electrical inspections is their ability to boost safety, they are also a great way to reduce home insurance premiums. In fact, many home insurance providers are now insisting that you schedule regular electrical testing; otherwise, you will no longer be covered. It means that unless you have proof that your installations have been deemed safe, they will not provide you with a payout should an issue occur. For more information on ways that you can reduce the cost of your home insurance, take a look at confused.com.
Faulty electrics can be the sole issue of high electricity bills. If your electricity is damaged or defective, this, therefore, means that your cabling is not working to its full capacity. This forces electrical outlets to work harder to provide an adequate amount of electricity needed to power your appliances. Failing to spot issues with electricity sources could result in a big shock when your bills are sent through the post or via email.
Along with causing bills to skyrocket, defected wiring can also cause your applianced to malfunction, meaning that you will be forced to replace your essential electricals more regularly then you should be. What should last you for years problem-free, may only last you a handful of months merely down to a faulty electrical source.
Schedule An Electrical Inspection Today!
As specialists in electrical services in Milton Keynes, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your installations and appliances in safe working order. All of these points are common within households and should be taken into consideration by every homeowner. If you cannot remember the last time that you gave your electricals a once over, then it is highly recommended to dig out the reports and check their dates. Everyone is guilty of letting years pass by without giving small maintenance tasks a second thought; however, it can be the difference between a hazard-free home and those filled with electrical risks. If you have any additional questions in regards to electrical inspections or the safety of your property, then please do not hesitate to contact the Heath Electrical Services team; they are always more than happy to run through any topics that you may be unsure of.