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Electrical Certificate

All electrical installations deteriorate with time and should be inspected and tested every 3 to 5 years. Such safety checks are commonly known as ‘periodic inspection’ or ‘domestic electrical installation condition report’.

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Electrical inspection reports will:

Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
Identify any defective electrical work.
Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.

Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.

Why use Maintenance Doctor to carry out the Electrical certificate inspection

Electrical inspection reports or certificates should be carried out only by an accredited, competent person, such as a registered electrician. Maintenance Doctor check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).

All our engineers are either NICEIC, ELECSA or NAPIT registered and are competent and fully qualified to carry out electrical certificates, Domestic or Commercial electrical installation condition reports.

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Most Local Councils, Housing Associations and Estate Agents or Managing Agents will only accept Electrical Certificates that have been signed off by a fully qualified and registered engineer. If something should happen such as an electrical shock your insurance may not cover you without an up to date electrical certificate. Take the following steps so you know you are not wasting your money or taking a risk:

Only Approved Contractors can issue electrical certificates
Ensure the electrician is registered with the appropriate scheme
Make sure they are Fully Insured with a registered body – only registered electricians can obtain such insurance
Ensure sure they Don’t Issue you off the shelve Green Papers – anyone can use them!
Our engineers will inspect and consider all the relevant circumstances and checks on:
The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
The suitability of the switchgear and control gear. For example, an old fuse box with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
Making sure you have a fuse box with a suitable residual current device (RCD).
The presence of adequate identification and notices.
The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.

Our engineer will then issue you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report or Periodic Certificate detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the current standard.

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

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