I am qualified to issue a Periodic Inspection Report which can be used for a variety uses. I cover West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.
What Is A Periodic Inspection Report?
A Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) involves a competent electrician undertaking tests and inspections to produce a report to establish the overall 'condition' of a property. The report is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory and defects and issues, if any, will be listed. The Periodic Inspection Report is an outdated term – it's new name is an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
Do You Need A Periodic Inspection Report?
I am usually asked to carry out a Periodic Inspection Report for the following reasons:
- certifying a rental property
- certifying a commercial property such as a shop or office
- certifying a domestic property where the homeowner wants peace of mind that his/her electrical installation is safe
Please note, if your electrical installation is new then you require an electrical installation certificate. There are also special rules if you have a HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) which may mean you require an Emergency Lighting Certificate.
Every electrical installation deteriorates over time and continued use. It is important that the person who is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the electrical installation is sure that user is safe and not put at any risk. The installation should remain safe and in a serviceable condition.
What Does a Periodic Inspection Report Involve?
Your competent electrician will check the installation against the requirements of BS7671 – The Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations) – this is the British Standard to which electrical safety is measured across the country and is updated when deemed necessary.
The electrician will take into account the age and circumstances of the installation and check the following:
- whether the installation is adequately earthed
- whether the installation is adequately bonded
- whether switchgear and controls are suitable
- whether serviceability of equipment is adequate
- the type of wiring and it's condition
- the provision of RCD's for socket outlets which can be used to plug in equipment for outdoor use
- the presence of suitable notices and identification
- wear and tear, damage, deterioration and signs of overheating
Who Can Produce A Periodic Inspection Report?
Insurers always ask that you use a relevant, accredited and competent electrician. Any electrician you use should hold the City and Guilds 2391 in Inspection, Testing and Verification which enables them to register with NICEIC (the UK governing body for competent electricians).
What Does A Periodic Inspection Report Look Like?
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What Does A Periodic Inspection Report Cost?
Prices for the rest of my services are here.
How Long Does a Periodic Inspection Report Last?
How Long Does a Commercial Periodic Inspection Report Last?
All commercial premises should be tested every 5 years except for the following:
Industrial premises – 3 years
Cinemas – 1 year
Leisure complexes – 1 year
Theaters – 1 year
Agricultural or horticultural – 3 years
Caravan sites – 1 year