What's involved in our electrical tests
Watch this video and listen to Andy explain what's involved in our electrical tests and why it's important that you let us into your home to carry them out.
If we've arranged your electrical test for a day you can't make, please contact us as soon as possible so we can rearrange it for you.
When maintaining your electrical installation, we're required to:
- Ensure that the electrical installation and equipment we own in your home is safe.
- Ensure that your home is free of any serious electrical hazards, such as exposed wiring, overloaded sockets, and other hazards.
- Ensure that any threat from accidental fires are minimised, through doing things like making sure residual current devices are fitted and that the distribution board and wiring are regularly checked and maintained.
- Make sure that any electrical work complies with the Building Regulations.
- As best practice, arrange for an electrical installation condition report to be carried out at least once every five years; these are important to verify the electrical safety of your home and help spot any potential hazards.
When we visit to check the electrics in your home, we will:
- Send a qualified and competent electrician.
- Conduct a visual inspection, followed by tests of the electrical intake, consumer unit, main protective bonding, the condition of wires and cables, and any fixtures or fittings throughout your home.
- Carry out any necessary repairs or remedial work.
Electricity: The dos and dont’s
- Do it yourself! DIY wiring can lead to electrical parts overheating, which can cause electric shocks, fires and death.
- Overload sockets. Plugging too many devices into one socket and using multiple extension leads can lead to overheating and cause fires.
- Allow us access to your home for electrical testing to take place. Regular checks are the best way to make sure electrical installations are safe and to spot potential problems before they become a danger.
- Allow up to four hours for all checks to be completed.
- Clear away any obstacles that may obstruct the electrician carrying out your test.
- Buy reputable electrical goods. Cheaper, unofficial electrical products, such as phone chargers, may not meet safety regulations and could cause a fire.