Periodic Inspection & Testing
NICEIC BS7671 Periodic inspection reports
XS Engineering are experts in Electrical Inspection & Testing having surveyed over 1,500 properties. XS Engineering are qualified to the latest 17th Edition British Wiring Regulations BS7671 and also use a fully calibrated test equipment. We can also contact any tenants or letting agents for access, collect keys from estate agents or arrange a suitable time at your convenience.
Our periodic testing and inspections include a full inspection and testing of the fixed wiring of a property including:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
- Identify any defective electrical work.
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
- The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
- The suitability of the switchgear and controlgear. For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
- The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
- The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
- Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
- The presence of adequate identification and notices.
- The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
- Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
Upon completion of the survey we will issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
If any dangerous or potentially dangerous condition or conditions are found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory', meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.
Any faults will be flagged up in the report and listed with a priority rating between 1 and 4. These figures refer to the following status:
- Requires urgent attention
- Require improvement
- Requires further investigation
- Does not comply with BS7671: 2008 (this does not necessarily imply that the installation is unsafe)
Our reports are highly regarded and are accepted by all major banks and insurance companies and are trusted by surveyors, leading bluechip companies and law firms.
A quotation for any remedial works will be provided with the report together with a receipt for the inspection. Reports can be e-mailed to multiple precipitants if required to assist the process of moving home or new tenants.