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Testing & Inspections

Electrical installations deteriorate with age and use and therefore should be inspected and tested by a qualified electrician at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as 'periodic inspection and testing'. A service that CDS Electrical are renowned for.

Our electricians also carry out tests on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe and compliant. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.

How often is a periodic inspection required?

Your electrics should be inspected and tested at regular intervals depending on where they are located. For example, a typical owned home need only be tested once every 10 years, but the electrics for a swimming pool should be inspected every year. In addition, it is highly recommended to have electrics tested when a property is being prepared for letting, and before selling or buying a previously occupied property.

  • 10 years for an owner-occupied home
  • 5 years for a rented home​
  • 3 years for a caravan
  • 1 year for a swimming pool

Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?

Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent electricians such as that of 'Corin Dudley Electrical Services Ltd'. The condition of the electrics will checked against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, 'BS 7671 - Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations)'.

If any dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions are found, the overall assessment of the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory', meaning that remedial action is required without delay in order to remove the risks to those in the premises.

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