Testing & Inspection
We are able to provide a comprehensive testing and inspection service. Included in our remit are NICEIC minor/major works certificates, visual inspection reports, periodic tests, condition report, network testing and PAT testing certificates.
Top of the range Fluke testers are used across all of our work sites. They always remain fully calibrated and in perfect working condition, Fluke are the world wide leading brand name for multifunctional testers across the industry.
Tesla Electrical Service's operatives are well practiced in fault finding and are able to instigate fault finding as part of our standard call out procedures. This allows you to have one of our Electricians find out what your problem is with no delay.
Minor and Major Certificates (NICEIC)
A major test certificate must be issued for all new electrical installations. It may also be required for an alteration or addition to the installation – depending upon whether or not a new circuit has been installed. Where an alteration or addition is carried out but does not include a new circuit a minor certificate may be used.
Visual Inspection Reports
This is a good option for assessing the condition of your electrics without paying for a full test certificate. As the name implies it takes the form of a visual inspection of your fixed installation. The accessories (switches, light fittings, sockets etc.), consumer unit, earth connections etc. are all visually inspected.
We provide, upon completion, a written report on the state of your system detailing any issues that require attention. This is a visual inspection and no testing takes place.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as 'periodic inspection and testing'.
Your electrics should be periodically inspected and tested every:
10 years for an owner-occupied home
5 years for a rented home
3 years for a caravan
1 year for a swimming pool
Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
When a property is being prepared for letting
Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property
This involves the testing of data or fibre cables that are used in an installation to gauge the speed and integrity of the wiring. Completing this test regularly will allow you to keep on record the deterioration of your system allowing for forward planning any maintenance works to ensure that your system is running as fast as it can. In some instances, particularly old installations, the most efficient and effective thing to do is flood wire the property. This ensures that all new wiring is installed, alongside new accessories which will provide you with a fully functional system that will last a long time. It is important to get the network tested regularly to ensure that the systems integrity remains intact over the years.
It is estimated that around 1000 electrical accidents at work are reported to the HSE each year and about 30 people die of their injuries due to faulty portable appliances and nearly 2000 fires per year were caused by faulty leads to appliances. By carrying out thorough portable appliance testing we aim to drastically reduce the risk of these accidents happening in your work place and home.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 puts a duty on the employer to provide a safe working environment for their employees which enforces the legal requirement for PAT testing. Most insurance companies require you to PAT test all electrical equipment to comply with the terms of your public liability insurance.
Prices of the PAT testing vary greatly depending on quantity. Typically, the more items you have to be tested, the cheaper the price per item will be. You will often find very cheap prices for PAT testing from other companies however you will also find that they appear to be very quick in their testing, this is a clear indication that they are not testing the items correctly, for example:
One individual testing approximately 400 to 500 items in a day (based on normal working hours) cannot be testing correctly, at a stretch one individual can perform, correctly, approximately 150 items. You cannot take short cuts with the health and safety of employees within your workplace, we recognise this and enforce thorough testing procedures on all of our operatives.