Electrical Installations require routine maintenance and inspection to ensure they remain in a safe and suitable condition for continued use
As well as legislative and regulatory requirements, both new and old, to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out, this is frequently overlooked
What may start as a minor issue can develop over time to present significant electric shock or fire risk
But just because an installation is aged does not immediately determine it as unsafe. More often than not electrical installations that are 30 or more years old are still in the same serviceable condition as the day it was installed. Developments in British Standards, Technical and product enhancements may require minor upgrade works to be carried out to meet modern safety standards. This does not imply a full system upgrade, such as a rewire, is necessary.
The Installation above had been unmodified for many years since its original installation, though there was a requirement to undertake upgrade works to offer additional levels of protection, there was no need 'rip it out and start again', in fact the test results obtained were far better than is often achieved in an installation half this age.
The Installation below has been recently upgraded to incorporate some of the most modern safety features currently available. The investment required to upgrade your electrical system may not be as large as you may be expecting, but the additional levels of safety offered by these protective devices can be the difference between detecting an electrical fault early and automatically disconnecting supply until it has been rectified, or not detecting the fault until is has caused irreparable harm or worse.