Why are electrical inspections and tests necessary?

A lot of consumers from all over the UK will have electrical installations set up for them over a number of years, and this may require attaching new applications and wiring to a junction box quite a lot depending on what is being attached and how much work is required. These installations are normally carried out by extremely professional electricians who have been doing their work for many years and therefore can guarantee quality as well as a good service and date span for completion of said work.

However, the question therein lies as to why you would ever require an electrical inspection or test in a domestic or industrial environment. One would think that if you hired a good electrician that these sorts of installation would be wired extremely well and set up properly and therefore you would not expect to have many foreseeable problems in the future. However, I am here to tell you that this is not the case at all and in many cases (some more often than others) homeowners and business owners alike will have to pay for an electrical inspection and test in a time-based rotation. This is standard protocol and is part of the law here in the UK and has been for some time now. This is not generally viewed as a problem by anybody as it is completely fair to suggest that at some point electrical appliances need tested for their compliance with regulations.

However, it is important to understand the why when it comes to electrical inspections and tests. Suggesting that a particular establishment or home needs an electrical inspection is all well and good, but most would want to know why an inspection is warranted and under what guidelines it is stated that inspections should go out so often and x amount of the time, because the amount certain places have to have inspections vs. others can vary immensely, and it is for this reason that I would like to shed some light and give clarity on the whole concept of having tests done, what specific conditions regular tests need to be done by as well as if there are any extraneous factors that may warrant more sudden testing.

For instance, I would say the first and most immediate thing that I would think of when determining how often somebody should have an inspection would be based on whether the establishment is domestic, industrial or office-based. Whilst there may well be a lot of electrical usage and more chance of things going wrong in a work environment and especially one with several workers and heavy machinery, you should be far less likely to have these sorts of queries or problems when it comes to a household environment. Generally a workplace will have a higher change of something going wrong purely from the fact that more people are there and therefore with more people comes more opportunities to make anything go wrong, as an individual or as a group.

The flipside to this is of course somebody who requires an electrical test in a household. Even if you have several people living under one roof the likelihood of somebody being able to affect the electronics enough to require a very regular test is highly unlikely. Besides the fact that you will not use devices or appliances that use enough electricity to cause problems there is also the idea that the deterioration rate from less people is considerably lower. You would probably have to make an active effort to mess things up to require an electrical inspection, otherwise you will be good to go with a longer time period between each routine check unless you want to do it more often to just be absolutely sure that you aren’t going to run into any problems whatsoever.

Once you have established domestic vs. work environment it is time to add up the several smaller factors that will stack together to determine whether or not you need an inspection or test very often (or even at all as law dictates) and if you are bound by law to have this test how often it is recommended to take place. There are guidelines around these things and they will add up to an estimated value or frequency depending on the factors that you will take into account, but it is important to remember that having these tests more frequently is acceptable and advised in order to ensure safety. This is especially so in the workplace, as if somebody was directly affected and injured because of an infrequent electrical inspection it could cause them an awful lot of problems.

The thing that I would be most concerned about initially when it comes to the topic of electrical inspections and tests is the type of machinery or general appliances that are hooked up to the electrical junction box for whichever building you are looking at. Obviously for an office work environment you are likely to have several computers, printers and other general electronic office equipment that isn’t necessarily high in consumption in terms of the individual machines but there are several of them. This may require the need for a junction box that can withstand this many devices, but for the most part deterioration is less likely if the usage rate is low per machine. However, if you are talking about a factory with several conveyors and other more advanced and consuming high-tech equipment you may want to consider the prospect of a more regular check and will probably have to do so by law anyway, as these machines can cause wiring to break down quicker and other long-term issues that just happen over time with decay.

This obviously isn’t at all relevant in household environments, because there aren’t many ways you will use this much electricity and even if you could there would not be a device in a home large enough to do such a thing. For those who live in a household with their families you are likely to fit under the 10 year bracket purely because it is genuinely difficult to give yourself any electrical problems within this time period, but just in case I would recommend that you try and have one a bit more often if you feel that your deterioration rate is naturally going to be lower.

The second thing to think about with concerns to whether the electrical inspections and tests are necessary and how often is how many different people use your appliances every day. Whilst factory run conveyor belts are likely to function around the clock and you will have those that work night shifts to have production at the highest rate possible 24 hours a day there will be certain factories and office environments that do not require this level of treatment. I would infact suggest that a lot of offices are basic 9-5 40 hour a week jobs, and that only larger companies are open 24 hours and have help lines open at weekends too, but for those that aren’t open all the time you will have a certain amount of people using these facilities a certain amount of time a day. However, they could be in constant use for an office that is customer service and operates 24/7 and so they may use their electrical appliances more often and more vigorously and by extension require a more regular inspection.

These inspections and tests are necessary because if you have more employees using more electrically intensive machines then you should be extension be testing your electronic boxes more to make sure you have no problems. Similarly, if you are a single mother with 2 children and living in a small flat you are not going to need to have tests done very often at all, and may only choose to have them more often as an absolute precaution to ensure the safety of your children. Check the government guidelines on these things to see how often you will require an electrical inspection but also bear in mind that you should always aim to have them as often as possible, even if the safety of your workforce means the spending of a little extra money.

I guess the most important question in all of this when it comes to why they are necessary and how often electrical inspections are needed is whether or not the quality of the job that your electrician did isn’t very good if you need these regular checks, and I would personally respond by saying that this could be but is not necessarily true. It can be viewed as sort of a shady area as of course there are some electricians out there who may give a substandard of work and mean that the first inspection may be required sooner than expected, but you also have to bear in mind that deterioration, rust and wiring breaking down can happen no matter how good of a job an electrician does with fixing up and fitting your junction box. This is especially true with the wiring, as even the highest quality wire in the world can have casing that breaks down eventually due to a number of factors, each of which may not necessarily be the installers fault. Therefore, I would go off everything that you have previously heard rather than trying to point fingers at your previous electrician, as for the mostpart it won’t be their fault and your particular property may just use a lot of electricity or have appliances that specifically cause the breaking down of certain aspects of your junction box. Try and be as objective as possible and assume they have done a good job until you can prove otherwise.

If you are in need of an electrical inspection or test and you are living in the London area then your best bet is to choose the team at IC Electrical UK Ltd. We are an electrical company that have been around for many years and therefore know exactly what we are talking about when it comes to electrical installations as well as the inspection and testing. We are more than happy to carry out a test and quote you for any work that needs to be done, and we also have a 1 hour emergency callout service just incase you are in dyer need of our services and just can’t wait for a routine inspection. We are always here for you and will continue to be for as long as we forseeably need to.

To get in contact with us you can call us on 01708 459 831, or submit an enquiry through our website for a speedy response and a great service. We hope to hear from you as soon as you feel that you have a need for our services.




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