All electrical equipment and installations will deteriorate over time with regular use.
To prevent the risk of accidents or hazards, we recommend regular electrical inspections â€“ regardless of the size of the installation. Our electrical inspection services provide a convenient option for the regular maintenance of electrical installations, guaranteeing safety and efficiency in the long-term, and ensuring complete legal compliance.
The Institute of Engineering and TechnologyÂ (IET) make a recommendation that electrical installations in commercial and industrial settings be serviced every 3-5 years, whereas residential premises should be checked every 5-10 years. However, certain components or systems may require more frequent maintenance to guarantee their safe operation.
If youâ€™d like to discuss your specific needs in further detail, our team of professional and highly trained electricians are always on hand to give advice.
Who can complete electrical inspections?
Electrical maintenance is carried out by professionally trained servicemen, ideally registered electricians like the staff here at Polyteck. An electrical inspection involves your electrician checking your installation and equipment for compliance with the relevant UK Safety standards â€“ BS 7671 â€“ Requirements for Electrical Installations.
Your trained electrician will issue an extensive report on the condition of your electrics, noting any shortcomings.
These could include:
- Signs of damage
- Long-term deterioration
- Manufacturing defects
- Health and safety risks
- Non-compliance with the current regulations
- Any required maintenance can also be carried out by electricians like those here at Polyteck.
What does electrical maintenance involve?
Electrical inspections include an extensive check of all electrical circuits and equipment, ensuring there is no risk of malfunction â€“ potentially leading to the dangerous risk of shocks or fire hazards.
Our electricians will check for overloading, as well as inspecting the general condition of components like switches, lighting fittings and plug sockets. Lastly, the trained electrician will check for vulnerabilities or safety hazards in the electrical installationâ€™s earthing or bonding.
Sometimes older components may need replacing. These could include round light switches, or the older and less efficient round-pin electrical sockets. Other commonly replaced items include sockets placed in skirting boards and wires coated in fabric, lead or black rubber â€“ which were predominantly phased out in the 1960s due to their inefficiency and safety risks.
Alongside checking the condition of your electrical components, a typical electrical inspection will also involve the identification of any unsuitable or outdated equipment â€“ like switchgears and control gears.
This could also include fuseboxes with older features like cast-iron switches or a wooden back panel, both of which pose a safety risk if not replaced.
Similarly, any equipment that has deteriorated from extended use over a long period of time will be identified and replaced.
This is essential, as even the highest quality of components will pose a danger if allowed to decline into a poor condition. In this way, regular maintenance guarantees the efficiency of your electrics, as well as your compliance with the law.
Polyteck provide a cost-efficient and comprehensive electrical inspection service, with experienced electricians utilising the latest tools and technology. For more information, why not get in touch today?
You can call us onÂ 020 7481 0222Â orÂ email us by using our online contact form.