The electrics in your home are designed to last for many years. However, having a structured and reliable maintenance schedule is the best way to ensure you identify risks early and reduce the change of hazards in the future. Periodic inspections are one of the most common ways property owners and landlords here in the UK keep entire electrical systems safe at all times. But what do these inspections cover? And does your property need one now?

What Is a Periodic Inspection?

In short, a periodic inspection is a full inspection of the existing electrical works installed into a property. It uses BS7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations, the national safety standards for electrical installations, reviewing all components and the setup to reduce the risks. These inspections should be carried out by a competent and experienced person with the right qualifications to ensure they are thorough and complete.

Are They a Legal Requirement?

As of June 2020, periodic inspections became mandatory in England for private landlords. The goal is to protect the safety of rental tenants by ensuring that all electricals installed in a building are of an optimal standard during their stay.

How Often Should I Plan a Periodic Inspection?

The frequency of your inspections will depend on the use of a building. If you are a landlord, you are required to schedule one every 5 years. If you are a homeowner living in your own property, we recommend having an inspection carried out every 10 years. Caravans require one every 3 years while swimming pools also need to have these inspections done annually. And, if you are selling a property or are about to put it up for rent, it is advisable to have one carried out as a precautionary measure.

What Does the Inspection Look For?

During an inspection, a professional electrician will check to see:

  • If any circuits or electrical equipment has been overloaded
  • If there are any risks or hazards that could cause shocks or fire
  • If there are any defective works throughout your electrical system
  • If wiring and fixed electrical equipment is safe
  • Whether any additional earthing or bonding is needed to ensure safety

Once a periodic inspection has been carried out, the property owner will be issued an EICR certificate. Here at MJH Electricals, we are a trusted family-run company that can undertake these reviews and ensure your property is safe for all. For more information or to book your periodic inspection, please call us on 01278 322816 or via email at