Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when I need a re-wire?
There are no set guidelines as to when a property should be rewired. Just because your wiring’s old, it doesn’t mean it’s unsafe.
Many factors can affect the wear and tear of your electrical installation, including the materials used and how your property has been used.
We would advise that a periodic inspection is carried out on owner-occupied properties at least every 10 years and every five years in rented accommodation. The test will certify whether the electrics in a property are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading.
You should carry out regular checks around the house on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories.
If you notice anything unusual - for example, burn marks on plugs and sockets, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling), fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping - get in contact with us as soon as possible and arrange for one of our engineers to inspect & test your installation.
What is a periodic inspection (EICR)?
A periodic inspection is an inspection and associated testing to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. On completion of the necessary inspection and testing, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will be issued detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.
When does a periodic inspection (EICR) need to be carried out?
It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at the following times:
for tenanted properties, every 3-5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever is sooner
at least every 10 years for an owner-occupied home
at least every 5 years for a business
The Landlords and Tenant Act 1985 requires landlords of properties with short leases to keep the electrical wiring in repair and in proper working order. We recommend landlords arrange for periodic inspection and testing to be carried out by a registered electrician at the relevant intervals shown above.
Periodic inspection and testing of the electrics should be carried out more frequently on the places and premises listed here:
3 years for a caravan
1 year for a swimming pool
I am a landlord, how often should I have an inspection carried out in my property?
If you own an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation), you have a legal obligation to have a periodic inspection carried out on your property every five years.
If your property is not an HMO, then you are not legally obliged to get your installation tested on a periodic basis. However, we recommend that you have a full periodic inspection carried out every five years or on change of tenancy – whichever comes first.
Our guidance is based on legal obligations set out in The Landlords and Tenant Act (1985).
Why is my fire alarm beeping?
If your fire alarm(s) or fire alarm panel is beeping, its usually an indication of a fault on the system.
Any faults on a fire alarm system must NOT be ignored, as this may prevent your fire alarm system operating in time -if not, at all in the event of a fire.