Periodic Electrical Test & Inspection
Specialists in Electrical Testing
Periodic electrical testing, otherwise known as domestic EICR testing or an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR), is a comprehensive inspection of your home’s electrical systems and installation. At Lowrey’s our specialist periodic testing team can conduct these tests as part of our full range of industrial electrical solutions.
Unlike businesses and landlords, homeowners aren’t required by law to conduct a periodic electrical test, although it is often required as part of the buying or selling process. It’s also good practice to regularly check the safety of your home’s electrics, similar to how you would service your car.
How Often Should I Test My Electrics?
Like anything, electrical installations in the home are subject to deterioration, ageing and general wear and tear. This is why electrical tests should be conducted on a regular basis.
Homeowners, landlords and businesses test at the following intervals are:
- Homeowners – an electrical test is required once every 12 Months. If there’s a swimming pool on your property, that should be tested every year.
- Businesses – employers should have a periodic test undertaken every year.
- Landlords – it is recommended that landlords test their properties once every year, or when there is a change of tenancy.
What Does Periodic Electrical Testing Involve?
A trained electrician can also carry out a visual check of your property, providing you with a quick analysis of how safe it is. A visual check will look for damaged light switches and sockets, broken cables and scorch marks that result from the overloading of the power outlet. It will also inspect the residual current device (RCD) for the circuits that operate gardens and bathrooms. These visual checks should be carried out at regular intervals between the more thorough periodic inspections.
Once a periodic test is completed, you’ll be given a certificate by your testing engineer. This is commonly called an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR). The report will outline any deterioration, damage, defects or other dangerous aspects of your electrical system, plus anything that isn’t aligned with current safety standards or could place people at risk.
- SEVERE (urgent action required) – this means ‘danger is present’, there is a likely risk of injury and action is required immediately.
- MODERATE (no severe threat) – potentially dangerous with remedial action needed urgently.
- ACCEPTABLE – improvements to your electrical system are recommended. This is the only code that can appear on an EICR and still pass the test.
When your electrical system has fully passed the periodic inspection and any urgent remedial work is complete, you will be supplied with an EICR Certificate of Safety, giving you reassurance that your home electrics are safe.