Full Inspection & Testing
Our electrical inspection and testing service cover many aspects of PAT testing, annual/periodic electrical inspection, full visual inspection, or the issuing to the issuing of landlord electrical safety certificate. All our electricians are qualified to perform electricals installation condition report inspection and testing.
PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)
PAT testing is the examination of all electrical appliances/equipment to ensure users safety. The vast majority of electrical malfunctions will be found via visual inspection. However, some appliances require further testing. The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) enforces all electrical equipment which can cause harm must be maintained to a safe level.
Electrical items that would require testing include computers, kettles, fans and microwaves. Primarily, this consists of any device with a power lead and plug, intended to be powered through an electrical main.
PAT Testing follows a set procedure, which follows:
A visual inspection of the appliance will be completed, including an examination of the flex and plug. It is common for these to show damage.
Each plug will be inspected to ensure the fuse and all connections are correctly configured
Various electrical tests will be completed (e.g insulation test)
A specified label (you will have seen these of many appliances) will be assigned to the appliance documenting various information. It will document whether the appliance has successfully passed or failed. It will also include the test date and a re-testing date.
Information about each appliance which has been inspected and tested. All this information will be compiled into a report.
A PAT Testing certificate and report will be presented and issued by ourselves.
Visual inspections include us visually inspecting the current state of the electrical installation. An investigation is essential when considering purchasing a new home. The team will examine the installation and report back with a detailed explanation of its current state and required work to declare it up to standard. Often, these inspections can help during negotiations when buying/selling a home.
EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)
EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) which was previously named a PIR (Periodic Inspection Report) is a report documenting the condition and standards of the mains electrical installation of property. It is designed to identify dangerous faults, defects and safety issues according to the BS7671 electrical regulation.
During the completion of an EICR, the properties mains electrical supply will be required to be disconnected. The size of the property will undoubtedly reflect the amount of the time the mains power is disconnected, including the length of time the report will take to complete.
The mains power must be disconnected to ensure electricians and others safety. This also permits us to complete the essential tests to the electrical circuits. We appreciate this can be quite an inconvenience, but it is critical.
Before any electrical testing is conducted, a visual inspection will be undertaken at the property. The inspection will identify any significant issues, such as overloading or overheating problems. It will also identify areas of the installation that is in poor condition.
Dead Electrical Testing
Dead Electrical tests are undertaken with the mains power disconnected. Testing comprises of Continuity Testing, Earthing Arrangement Testing, Polarity Testing and Insulation Resistance Testing.
Live Electrical Testing
Of course, these tests are conducted with the mains power connected. The live testing includes Earth fault loop testing & RCD testing.
Your Final EICR Report
There is a range of codes that reflect whether the electrical installation is compliant with current regulations. These are labeled C1 to C3. You will see these identifiers on the EICR including any descriptions of faults. This will lead to the report being either 'Satisfactory' or 'Unsatisfactory'.
C1 - 'Dangerous' - A risk of injury exists and immediate repairs are required.
C2 - 'Potentially Dangerous' - Urgent work is required
C3 - 'Improvement recommended' - Improvements could be implemented.
If 'Unsatisfactory' we will document and explain the work which would be required to bring into a 'Satisfactory' condition.