Electrical installation condition report; what is it and what’s involved?
It is essentially what the name suggests, a report on the condition of the electrical installation. Although often it has been referred to as a safety check of the electrics (which is correct). – was previously called a periodic inspection report or PIR for short.
It involves us testing the circuitry including removal of a percentage of accessories (sockets, lights etc.) for inspection. By doing this we can ascertain whether the wiring is safe for continued service or if certain remedial actions need to be taken to rectify the original work.
Unfortunately, it is unreasonable for anyone to inspect the wiring buried in walls, under floors or above ceilings, so this is generally excluded from the report.
Carrying out an electrical installation condition requires an excellent knowledge of not only current electrical regulations, but also past ones too.
- It will reveal if any electrical circuits are overloaded
- Identify defective electrical work
- Highlight lack of safety devices or systems
- Find potential fire hazards or electrical shock risks
How often is a report required? (maximum period)
In domestic premises: If it’s owner occupied, 10 years or change of occupancy and if it’s a rental it’s 5 years or change of occupancy
In commercial premises: Depends on the type of building but generally it’s 5 years or change of occupancy
What needs to be agreed before starting a report?
- What’s going to be tested (known as the extent)? Are we testing the whole property or are there areas that you don’t want or don’t require testing e.g. A new loft conversation has been recently installed which is covered by a recent, in date completion certificate.
- Are there any areas we can’t get to (known as limitations)? Perhaps there is a 24 hour operating theatre which we can’t go into for obvious reasons.
- Is there any equipment mounted at high level? Maybe the lighting is mounted at over 3M high and we would need access towers or scaffold to get to it or lights are on a difficult stairway.
- Is there any equipment that can’t be switched off? Often servers and medical fridges are the most common.
- We need to agree the percentage of accessories we will remove (sockets, switches light fittings). Typically we sample 20% of all of the accessories as a minimum. It’s occasionally requested that 100% of accessories are removed for inspection – this does take longer and therefore cost more to do.
Do you have any documentation for the electrical installation?
Electrical installation certificates should have been provided for everything that was installed. These along with previous reports are helpful in identifying and testing the electrical installation.
We charge £150 (£180 inc VAT) for the first 4 circuits or part of and then £25.00 (£30 inc VAT) per circuit thereafter.
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