Electrical Testing & PAT Testing
Electrical Testing & Inspection
Our Electricians who carry out the testing have qualifications to the 18th Edition IET (City & Guilds 2382-18) wiring regulations and CITY & GUILDS Inspection & Testing Certification of Electrical Installations. This allows each electrician to complete and sign off their own work as well as inspect and test work completed by 3rd party electricians. Therefore, providing you with the highest level of electrical competency to enable us to advise on current installations.
Our electricians carry out all inspections and testing for both domestic and commercial clients. Whether it is just a visual inspection of the installation or a full EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report).
What is the Electrical Installation?
The electrical installation consists of all the fixed electrical equipment that supplies through the electricity meter. It includes the cables that are ordinarily hidden in the walls and ceilings, sockets, switches and light fittings and the Consumer unit (fuse board) that contains all the fuses, circuit-breakers and RCD’s (residual current devices).
What is an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)?
An EICR is a full report which details the condition of the installation. It shows all the testing results and advises whether the electrical wiring meets the current 18th Edition IET regulations. If the electrics do not meet the regulations, the report will detail the issues giving grades of priority of remedial works needed as below:
C1: Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action needed.
C2: Potentially dangerous – Urgent remedial action needed.
C3: Improvement recommended.
FI: Further investigation required without delay.
The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is: safe when a tenancy begins and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. The Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 makes it an implied term of every tenancy that the landlord will ‘keep in repair the structure and exterior’ of the property and ‘keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the dwelling-house for the supply of water, gas and electricity.
As detailed from the Electrical Safety Organisation below, Landlords have a requirement by law to ensure:
- The electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and kept in a safe condition throughout.
- That a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has an EICR (periodic inspection) carried out on the property every five years. If the property is not an HMO, you are not legally obliged to do this. However, we recommend that an EICR (periodic inspection and test) carries out by a registered electrician on your rental properties. At least every five years to cover your duty of care as a Landlord.
That any appliance provided is safe and has at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
To meet the above, a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to make sure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working. Please do see our LANDLORD page for full details.
What is PAT testing?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the electrical safety testing of portable electrical kit. It consists of a visual inspection and a combination of tests carried out by our electricians using electrical safety testing equipment.
Appliances deemed safe to use until the next test date have passed a PAT test. The next test date in most circumstances will be 12 months from the date of a passed test. However, this can change in certain circumstances. Landlords items should have a test prior to a new tenant. Even if this is less than 12 months from the previous test date.
All customers that we provide PAT testing services for have their equipment entered into our database. We can supply a copy of which can electronically for import to their asset database. For smaller clients, the PAT testing database is often used as their primary asset database.
Our electricians not only carry out testing but they can also carry out all electrical work. From replacing a broken socket, replacing the consumer unit (fuse board) to carrying out a complete rewire.
We can also help with any electrical emergency. Whether it is just advice over the phone for something straightforward i.e. resetting an RCD that has tripped. If it is a more complicated electrical problem then we can arrange for one of our electricians to visit your property to repair the issue.
Being fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance gives peace of mind to all of our customers and provide the reassurance that the electricians working in your home or business are from a professional and reliable electrical contractors.
We are members of the following professional bodies:
ELECSA operates competent person schemes on behalf of the government to make sure that the contractors you use are technically competent to do the work you need. The scheme relating to electricians is the Part P scheme of which we are a member. The ELECSA mission is to maintain and promote the best industry practice that underlines the technical integrity of the work that their approved contractors carry out on behalf of their customers every day.
Trustmark is a non-profit making organisation, licensed by the Government and supported by consumer protection groups. A firm’s technical skills are independently checked with regular on-site inspections. We signed up to a code of practice that includes insurance, good health and safety practices and good customer care.
By being a part of the above, we give you, the customer, peace of mind that the electrician visiting your property has had an assessment and confirmed as competent to carry out work safely and correctly.
If you have any questions about our Electrical or PAT testing services, please do give Leisa or a member of the team a call on 0800 228 9574. Please also feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help you.
We look forward to being of service to you for all your Electrical Testing needs.