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Why is an electrical inspection so important?

All electrical installations will undoubtedly deteriorate with the passing of time and use.

An electrical inspection will:

  • Whether or not any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
  • Determine if there are any potential hazards, such as electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Find any defective electrical work
  • Identify any lack of earthing or bonding
  • Checking the safety of any wiring and fixed electrical equipment.

But why is it so important? We look into the major reasons as to why it’s vital that you should have an electrical inspection carried out:

Electrical testing saves lives & property

Electrical accidents can result in a number of unpleasant and even horrific results, such as shock, burns & electrical explosions. An electrical inspection can determine if there are any potential hazards within the home. Once any issues have been identified, they can be fixed, leading to a much safer and more secure home.

Most authorities on electrical safety recommend that an owner-occupied home has an electrical inspection carried out at least every 10 years. For a business, that recommendation is at least every 5 years.

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It’s very important for landlords

Unlike with Gas Safe regulations, there is no legislation in place that requires landlords to have their properties inspected for electrical safety.

However, if a tenant is harmed due to any faulty electrical fittings or appliances, you may be found liable. If it has been found that had failed to maintain and report on the condition of the electrical installation, you may be held responsible for any damages or injuries sustained. This can be easily avoided with an electrical inspection carried out by a qualified and professional electrician.

As well as this, most estate agents require evidence of electrical testing before they will rent out your property. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR, formerly known as a PIR) will be proof enough that your property is safe. This EICR is a great resource in that it provides an easy to understand and accurate documentation of the condition of any electrical installation.

Always use a qualified electrician

It is highly recommended that you seek out an experienced and qualified electrician to carry out any electrical inspection or any other aspect of electrical work for that matter. If not carried out At East Kent Electrical, we are Kent County Council Trading Standards Approved, are registered with Trust Mark, a NICEIC Domestic Installer and are a part of the NAPIT Registered Competent Person Scheme. You can be rest assured that you are in safe hands when you hire us.

In need of an electrical inspection in Margate?

If you are in Margate or the surrounding area and are in need of an electrical inspection, please get in touch. We offer a competitively priced, highly professional service and take great pride in the work we do.

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