Periodic Electrical Inspection
What is Periodic Electrical Inspection?
A Periodic electrical Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation and will identify any deficiencies against the National Safety Standards for Electrical Installation.
Your residential or commercial electrics should be tested on a regular basis to prevent against potentially dangerous conditions. It’s often recommended every 5-10 years – more often for rental properties, but should also be performed when buying or selling property.
A periodic electrical inspection will:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
- Highlight any deficiencies with the circuit protection (MCBs) or any of the safety system
- Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation
- Identify any defective DIY electrical work
- Identify fault electrical accessories
- Identify incorrect wiring
- Highlight any lack of earth ground or bonding
- A concise circuit schedule to be issued
Why is a periodic electrical inspection needed?
Remember every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for maintenance be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk and that the electrical installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
When is a periodic electrical inspection needed?
It is recommended by the NEC that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:
- 10 years for a domestic installation
- 5 years for a commercial installation
- 1 year for swimming pool