Periodic Inspection and Testing: Glasgow, Edinburgh & Central Scotland

Over time and with use, all electrical installations degrade and must be checked regularly for safety. This is called periodic inspection and testing.

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Periodic inspection reports

Since 2015, private landlords in Scotland must have periodic inspections, also known as fixed wire testing and Electric Installation Condition Reports (EICR), every five years to ensure the safety of their rental properties and tenants.

Periodic inspection reports

Our experienced, NICEIC-approved electricians conduct periodic inspection reports, identifying potential electrical and visual hazards to ensure the safety of employees, tenants, and occupants.

Periodic testing is conducted in accordance with the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations.

On successful completion of a periodic inspection, we will provide an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) that includes written reports of any corrective actions.

An EICR report comprehensively evaluates a building’s electrical installation, ensuring compliance with safety regulations and identifying potential hazards.

EICR versus periodic inspection

A periodic inspection is now part of an EICR, which ensures properties meet safety regulations.

Upon completion, an Electrical Installation Condition Report outlines whether the property is safe or requires any repairs, replacements or updates.

What is an EICR or Electrical Installation Condition Report?

What is a periodic inspection?

A periodic inspection, now called an EICR report, comprehensively evaluates a building’s electrical installation, ensuring that your property adheres to safety regulations and is free from potential hazards.

Regularly checking cables, switches, and sockets can help prevent shocks and electrical fires caused by old or damaged wiring.

Inspection and testing techniques through an EICR help keep your property safe by:

  • Checking your electrical circuits and equipment are not overloaded.
  • Identifying electric shock risks and fire hazards.
  • Highlighting defective work or lack of earthing or bonding.
  • Testing fixed electrical equipment to ensure they are safe.
  • Fixing any issues that arise to conform to appropriate legislation
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Benefits of periodic inspection and testing

Periodic inspection and testing prevent electrical accidents, ensure compliance with current regulations, and identify potential hazards and defects early.

It can also quickly spot necessary repairs and maintenance to ensure the overall safety of the electrical installation.

Benefits of periodic inspection and testing.

Who needs periodic inspection and testing?

Property owners, landlords, businesses, housing associations and local authorities must conduct periodic inspections and testing through an EICR to meet legal requirements and insurance obligations.

In Scotland, landlords must ensure the safety of electrical installations in their rental properties, including commercial premises. It’s also required for adequate insurance coverage.

An EICR is crucial for property owners, landlords, and businesses to meet legal requirements and insurance obligations.

How often is a periodic inspection required?

Periodic inspections (EICRs) depend on the property type and its use. Domestic properties should have an EICR every ten years, while commercial and public buildings require inspections every five years.

  • If you own your home: every ten years and before selling the property.
  • Commercial installations: every five years or when occupancy changes occur.
  • Offices, retail spaces and churches: every five years.
  • Industrial properties: every three years.
  • Rented or buy-to-let properties: landlords test every five years or when new tenants move in.
  • Caravans: every three years.
  • Swimming pool: every year.

You should also conduct an inspection before purchasing a property that has been previously occupied.

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What happens during a periodic inspection?

A periodic inspection for an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) includes a thorough visual inspection and testing of electrical installations to identify potential hazards and defects.

  • A qualified electrician performs a safety and compliance inspection of electrical installations through visual inspections and tests.
  • During the inspection, visible defects or hazards in wiring, sockets, switches, and other electrical components like damaged wiring or loose connections are examined.
  • An EICR helps property owners address problems to ensure their electricity setup is safe.
  • An electrician provides recommendations and recommended repairs, replacements, or updates to the electrical installation.

We provide periodic inspections, and EICR reports throughout Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Central Scotland. Contact us today to schedule a test.

What happens after periodic inspection and testing?

Inspection and electrical testing results in an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

This report evaluates the safety of electrical installation work and identifies whether it is safe. It will also highlight any safety issues and suggest ways to improve safety.

The report may identify issues like faulty wiring and worn-out components.

EICR codes

Your report will list any faults found during the EICR test and evaluate them using specific codes:

  • C1: Danger present. Immediate action is required to prevent injury. Installations or repairs must be made as soon as possible.
  • C2: Potentially dangerous. Urgent remedial action is required. Installations or repairs must be made as soon as possible.
  • C3: It is recommended that you improve or fix an issue, although it is not necessary.
  • FI (Further Investigation): Further investigation is necessary immediately. This typically requires the inspector to conduct additional investigation.

If your EICR inspection receives a C1, C2, or FI code, it will be deemed unsatisfactory. The necessary work will be carried out, and you will receive a safe EICR certificate.

Does my home need a periodic electrical inspection?

It is recommended to have an EICR every decade and look for signs of outdated electrics in your home to decide if you need one, including:

  • Fixed cables coated in black rubber.
  • Fixed cables coated in lead or fabric.
  • A fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a mixture of fuse boxes.
  • Older round pin sockets or light switches, braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown (or black) switches, or sockets mounted in or without skirting boards.
  • Light switches on the walls or in bathrooms.

If you spot any of the above, contact us to schedule an Electrical Installation Condition Report.

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  • Electrical Tests
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