What is a Condition Report?
A Condition Report is a periodic inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations. A periodic inspection will:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
- Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation
- Identify any defective electrical work
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding
Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for the property.
Why is a Conditional Report needed?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible or the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of the users is not put at risk, and the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
According to UK Government statistics, each year on average ten people die and about 750 people are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home.
When is a periodic inspection needed?
It is recommended that a periodic inspection and test is carried out at least every:
- 10years for a domestic installation
- 5 years for a commercial installation
- 1 year for swimming pools/Jacuzzis
Other instances when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
- When a property is being prepared to let
- Prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property