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Electrical inspection and testing

Electrical inspection and testing is something that landlords of rented properties should consider having carried out every five years, or on the change of tenancy to ensure that the electrical installation is safe. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 places a requirement on landlords to keep in repair, and proper working order, the installations in the dwelling for:

 

  • The supply of water
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences)
  • Installations in the dwelling-house for space heating and heating water.

 

It is also highly recommended that householders have an electrical inspection in the home carried out every ten years or change of occupancy. This may change depending on the condition of the installation, and this would be based on the previous periodic inspection recommendation. In some cases, an installation may not have been inspected and tested for some time, therefore there is no record of the next recommended date of inspection. In this case, the new or existing owner of the property should consider having an inspection carried out.

An electrical fault on an installation can cause electrical fires and potentially fatal electric shocks. Regular checks will reduce the risks of this happening. Competent and registered installers will be able to undertake these inspections and help to reduce the likelihood of electrical fires.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is normally undertaken in industrial and commercial premises and is the duty on the landlord for rented properties under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. As stated above, electrical equipment provided by the landlord for use by the tenant(s) e.g. kettles, toasters, electric cookers etc. should be tested at the recommended intervals in accordance with the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT) on items such as storage heaters, cookers and hand driers should also be carried out at recommended intervals.

Why have an inspection?

Regular electrical inspections could be the difference between life and death, with electricity being amongst the main causes of fires in the UK. Between 1st April 2010 and 31st March 2015 there were over 36,000 accidental dwelling fires in England where the source of ignition was “Electrical Distribution” or “Other Electrical appliances”.

Some common issues found during inspections are:

 

  • The sheaths of the cables of individual electrical circuits may have deteriorated to such an extent that they need replacing.
  • An electrical circuit may have suffered mechanical damage that reduces its capacity to safely carry the load current to which it is subjected.
  • The electrical systems may have protective devices that are no longer functioning correctly and which could fail when a fault occurs e.g. the RCD has seized and does not trip when a fault occurs.
  • Metal light fittings or accessories may not have a protective earth connection within the lighting circuit leaving the householder at risk of an electric shock should the fitting or accessory develop a fault.
  • Lack of or undersized earthing conductor within the installation which could leave you vulnerable to the risk of electric shock.
  • Lack of or undersized main protective bonding conductors to your gas and water installation pipes within the installation which could leave you vulnerable to the risk of electric shock.

 

The best way to ensure your electrics are safe is to have a Periodic Inspection by having an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out. An EICR should be carried out by a competent, registered electrician with experience of carrying out inspecting and testing within the last five years or within the time frame determined by the electrical installer. This then confirms, as far as possible, whether or not the electrical installation is in a safe condition for continued service, and the nature of any work that may be required to bring it back to a safe condition.

Electrical testing, PAT and inspection quotes

Having your electrics inspected will reduce the chances of a fault occurring and help to keep you and your family safe. PAT testing of any household appliances supplied by a landlord will check their safety.

These types of work should be carried out by Full Scope Part P Registered Competent Electrical Installers, registered with a Competent Persons Scheme such as NAPIT.

If you’re interested in the testing and inspection for electrics within for your home or property, why not compare prices by completing our quick form and receiving FREE quotes from up to four reputable local electricians in your area.



Average Electrical testing (pat testing) cost

The common cost of Electrical testing (pat testing) is £180. Costs can change based on the materials and the company chosen. The upper price range can be as high as £207. The material costs are ordinarily approximately £45

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Electrical testing (pat testing) FAQs

How do I know if my electrical wiring is too old?

You can find out roughly how old your wiring is by simply looking at it. If the wiring around your fuse box is covered in old-fashioned casing, or is damaged or fraid, it may be over 25 years old and need replacing. This is more common in older properties or houses that have been empty for long periods of time.

When should I have a periodic inspection?

Periodic testing and inspections should be completed: Every 10 years for your home, Every five years for rented accommodation, Every three years for a caravan, Every year for a swimming pool.Electrical inspections are also carried out when buying, selling or renting a property.

How do I know if my fuse box is faulty?

If your fuse box keeps tripping or blowing fuses, it may need replacing. Other signs that your fuse box is not working properly include humming, sparking and lack of power. Contact an electrician and ask for a safety report, this will diagnose the problem and lead to a quick fix.

I’m a tenant in a rental property and think the electrical installation is faulty, what should I do?

You should report any suspected faults to your landlord as soon as you know about them. It is their responsibility to investigate, and hire an electrician to do any work if needed. Know your obligations as a tenant and keep in touch with your landlord on a regular basis.

How much does pat testing cost?

How Much Does Pat Testing Cost?

When it comes to Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) there’s no particular rule that determines how much such services can cost. However as a rule of thumb, you should take note that when calling in a professional PAT testing company they’re likely to charge within the range of £1 to £3 per appliance that’s going to be tested. However, if you have quite a number of appliances to be tested, then there’s a good chance that the price per appliance can be reduced to serve as a bulk discount. So the more the appliances to be tested, the better.

There are companies that actually offer a pricing that’s below £1 per item, however companies likely are most definitely going to have a fixed minimum number of appliances that are required to be tested or a fixed minimum fee like 60 portable appliances. It must, however, be noted that pricing can also go beyond PAT Testing as several professional companies will add some additional advantages which is more than just the test of each individual appliance. This kind of pricing can include other services such as a thorough visual inspection, plug rewiring as well as fuse replacements. They can also include stuffs like Pail and Fail labels in the pricing.

Generally, the average price of PAT testing will be based on various influencing factors such as the type of the appliance, setting, number of appliance to be tested as well as other related expenses. What’s more? Most PAT companies will offer a company with a PAT Testing Certificate so as to certify that the company is in total compliance and also remains a safe environment to work.

What is a periodic inspection?

With age and use any electrical installation in your home will wear. A periodic inspection is therefore carried out to ensure your home electrics are in a satisfactory condition. With a periodic inspection: Ensure your electrical circuits aren’t overloaded, Avoid accidents such as shocks and fire hazards, Discover if there are any defective lines,Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding..

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