What is Electrical Inspection Report?

Once the electrical inspection is complete, the electrical inspector will provide a written Electrical Inspection report. This report usually includes the following:

  • A list of required repairs
  • Recommendations for optimizing energy efficiency
  • Summary of the electrical inspection

In the case of electrical inspections for home sales and insurance claims, this report certifies that the inspection is completed properly and gives an idea of the required electrical repairs and their costs.

There are three different types of electrical inspections:

  • Rough Electrical inspection: In such an electrical inspection wires, conduits and electrical panels and boxes will be inspected to ensure they are intact, and that all fire hazards around conduits and electrical panels are eliminated.
  • Service inspection: This inspection involves the observation of the electrical service panel by a licensed inspector to ensure that the panel has been properly installed, fastened and grounded.
  • Final inspection: During this electrical inspection, breakers are installed or inspected to ensure a full functionality of the electrical system.

What is an Electrical Inspection Certificate?

A Certificate of Electrical Compliance is a certificate that indicates the electrical work undertaken complies with the appropriate federal and state safety standards. The benefits of having a Certificate of Electrical Compliance are:

  • Satisfaction and reassurance for the consumer, because the work undertaken is tested to the appropriate Australian standards.
  • Sense of security for the electrician, as they are responsible for the work they carried out under the certification.
  • Electricians can easily self-certify the work they’ve undertaken.
  • Electrical work can be easily verified, audited, and regulated across the sector.

What do Electrical Inspectors look for?

What do Electrical Inspectors look for

Electrical Inspectors investigate both internal and external areas of the property to ensure a comprehensive assessment is conducted.  An Electrical Inspector usually assesses the condition of the property’s consumer mains and switchboard, including conducting safety switch tests (if applicable) and IR tests on each circuit to ensure circuits are free from any potential electrical hazards that could threaten your home or business.

As per the standard electrical safety norms, Electrical Inspectors usually inspect the following:

  • Consumer mains
  • Switchboard and circuit protection
  • Earthing and MEN link
  • Condition of cabling
  • Smoke alarm checks (including free supply and replacement of 9V battery)
  • Power points, lighting and light switches
  • Electrical appliances

Some of the common findings during these electrical inspections may include:

  • Electrical hazards in electrical installations
  • Overloaded electrical circuits or equipment
  • Defective DIY electrical work
  • No safety switches (RCD’s) installed
  • No earthing or bonding
  • Out-of-date or non-working smoke alarms
  • Damaged cabling or outlets

Who performs an electrical inspection?

Who performs an electrical inspection

Electrical Inspections are usually conducted by individually functioning certified Electrical Inspectors or Electricians or those that are tied up with Electrical Inspection service providers.

Is an electrical safety certificate an important requirement for landlords?

According to the Australian Law, an electrical inspector/contractor/electrician who carries out any electrical installation work on a consumer’s premises must provide an electrical safety and compliance certificate to the person for whom the work was done within 28 days of completion of the work (the relevant person may be the Landlord, Tenant or any another party such as a builder or property manager).

An electrical safety and compliance certificate is a legal document that certifies that the electrical inspection work:

  • Has been completed;
  • Has been checked, tested and complies with all regulatory requirements; and
  • Is safe to connect to the electricity supply.

A copy of the electrical safety certificate must be retained by the electrical inspector or electrician for a minimum of five years or until the next electrical inspection.

Project Plus extends the most comprehensive Electrical Inspection services in Melbourne for all your needs including electrical inspections for insurance. Project Plus provides electrical inspection services ensure the electrical safety of your premises along with specialist reports in the shortest turnaround time of less than 24 hours from the time of site visit.

Can an electrician conduct an electrical inspection?

Yes, a qualified and certified Electrician can conduct an Electrical Inspection.

How much should an electrical inspection cost?

A typical electrical inspection in Melbourne costs anywhere between $ 200 and $ 750 excluding GST. If Electrical Safety and Compliance Certificates are provided then extra charges may apply.

How long does an electrical inspection take?

Usually, electrical inspection or safety check takes approximately two hours depending on the size of your property. It may take longer in case of the requirement of emergency repairs.

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