A lightning protection test has several key parts. Once the system is installed, or after a certain amount of time has elapsed, you will be required to test each part of the system to ensure it is in working order. This is to guarantee that your system can withstand the high energy discharge of a lightning strike without causing any damage to your property.
Here at Spectrum, we can test the component parts of your commercial lightning protection system. We use our specialist access equipment to reach and test all sections of a system, no matter where they are located in your building. Here’s what we do:
Lightning Conductor Testing
Crucial to the installation of any lightning protection system, lightning conductor testing should also be carried out on existing systems by skilled personnel. This should happen on a regular basis, using calibrated test equipment. This will ensure the system complies with the relevant legislation and maintains its safety.
Earthing System Testing
Testing the earthing system of a lightning protection system is important to ensure it is functioning effectively and safely. Each conductor has its own electrode termination, and the resistance to earth of the whole system must not exceed 10 ohms. Our experienced engineers will measure all readings and ensure they fall within the safe limit.
Soil Resistivity Testing
In order to achieve an effective lightning protection system, soil resistivity is a crucial factor. So, when considering any electrical grounding design, you need to take this into account. Soil resistivity describes the degree to which the soil will resist the flow of electricity. When designing systems reliant on the current passing through the surface of the earth, this should be considered. Our team of engineers can ensure your soil resistivity levels meet all of the required levels.
Carrying out your Lightning Protection Risk Assessment UK
As part of our lightning protection testing services, we can conduct a thorough lightning protection risk assessment. This means we assess the risk of lightning strike to your property, taking all factors into consideration.
Once we have done this first part of the risk assessment, we can then recommend what kind of lightning protection you will need. This will depend on the size and nature of your property, as well as its intended use and associated risks. We will also carry out all the required testing after installation to ensure your system is in top working order.
If you would like more information about commercial lightning protection, BS 62305 regulations, or to arrange a Lightning Protection Risk Assessment UK, then get in touch with a member of our team. We have experienced engineers who have the correct equipment and access to test all aspects of your system.
If you have an existing system in place that is long overdue a test, then don’t put it off. However unlikely it might seem, lightning is a real threat to buildings of a certain size. You can prevent potentially massive costs with a straightforward and affordable test. Get in touch with our team to book in your commercial lightning protection assessment, and get the peace of mind you need for your building.