P Kent Electrical Contractors
     Reliable Electrical Rewires in Bristol & Local Area

     Telephone: 0777 475 6091

Bristol * Bath * Yate * Keynsham * Downend * Fishponds * Clifton * Brislington * Knowle * Weston Super Mare * Avonmouth

 

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P Kent Electrical Contractors offer an inspection and testing service to domestic and commercial customers requiring an electrician in the Bristol, Bath and North Somerset Area.

Periodic Test and Inspection

People ask for many things including the following:

* An insurance report
* A landlord's report
* A landlord's certificate
* An electrical safety certificate
* Can you check my fuse box?
* An NIC certificate
* Do you think this is OK?
* I have done my own electrics and need an electrician to sign it off

Periodic Test and Inspections are sometimes a legal requirement or a requirement of your insurance company, and sometimes they are a requirement of the local authority, but they are always a good idea. The maximum period between tests for some types of property are given below, but these are only guidelines. The next recommended inspection as reported on the report form is at the discretion of the engineer carrying out the operation.

All testing and inspection is carried out by operatives qualified to City and Guilds 2391 Level 3 Certificate in inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations.

Recommended maximum period between Periodic Tests:

Domestic premises: 10 Years or on change of occupancy
Commercial premises: 5 years maximum
Industrial: 3 years
Hotels and public houses: 5 years
Residential: 5 years or change of occupancy
Educational: 5 years

A Periodic Test and Inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of a complete electrical installation that takes into account all of the fixed wiring within the premises. The inspection begins with a visual inspection of the consumer unit., fuse/circuit breaker types and sizes, cable sizes and wiring arrangements, and signs of damage/overheating. 20% of switches, sockets, etc will be checked for identification of conductors and tightness of terminations. If any defects are found at this stage the sample will be doubled, and if further defects are found then all accessories will need to be examined. The following tests are then carried out on every circuit:

* Continuity of protective conductors (including main and supplementary)
* Ring circuit continuity
* Insulation resistance
* Polarity
* Earth electrode resistance (where applicable)
* Earth fault loop impedance
* Prospective fault current
* RCD testing
* Functional testing of isolators and breakers

Once the Report is complete, you will be supplied with a copy that will state whether the installation is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. It will contain a list of observations and recommendation that are graded on a scale of 1-4, where 1 is an item that requires urgent attention, to 4 where an item does not comply with the regulations but this does not imply that it is unsafe.

Whilst the installation is tested to the version of the regulations that it was installed to, items that are not in compliance with the latest version of BS7671 the IEE Wiring Regulations will be noted. At this stage we will be happy to provide a competitive quote for any remedial work that is required. You will have your copy if you wish to get further quotes from other qualified parties.

Prices for Periodic Test and Inspection

Fixed price testing on domestic and commercial premises are £125.00 per distribution board up to 8 circuits and £22.50 per additional circuit. Fixed prices rely on the circuits of the distribution board being correctly identified, and ideally the installation certificate or previous periodic report being available. If the circuits are not identified, a survey prior to testing will be required and this will be available at an agreed hourly rate. Testing and inspection of industrial installations is available at an agreed hourly rate. A lower rate of £75.00 per distribution board up to 6 circuits for a single storey flat, if however if there are multiple flats i.e. Landlords properties, then a fixed price for all will be discussed and agreed prior to commencing the work.

Survey

Many people already know that there are major problems with their electrical installations and in this instance it would be a waste of time and money to carry out a Periodic Test and Inspection. In such cases we recommend a Visual Survey of the installation after which we will provide you with a Report giving the visible problems that were seen, and recommendations of any remedial works that are required. It should be noted that this will not always pick up all of the problems with an installation and further problems may come to light while the remedial works are being carried out or during any later testing. Visual inspections can be carried out for as little as £30.00 on properties up to the size of a standard 3 bedroom house..

Landlordís Reports

Landlord's Electrical Certificates ensure the safety of tenants. As a registered NAPIT electrician, P Kent Electrical Contractors is able to carry out the necessary work. There are two services we can offer landlords:

* A landlord's report
* A landlord's certificate


Fault finding

If you call us because the fuse for your lights blows every time you replace it, the first question would be 'have you nailed any pictures to the wall recently?' This often seems to be the reason our fault finding skills are required and the damaged cable can usually be replaced or repaired quite quickly. Unfortunately, problems are not always as simple and as it is usually the case that 98% of the electrical wiring is buried within the fabric of your building, we often have to rely on a combination of the information you supply, the test equipment we carry and 20 years of experience to trace and rectify faults. On occasion it proves impossible to find the exact location of a problem but we have always been able to find the section of cable that the fault is on, and it is often less disruptive to replace the offending section than it is to continue tracing the cable. Fault finding is available at an agreed hourly rate.


Advice

Free advice is always available (within reason) over the phone or by email.

Call us today on 0777 475 6091

P Kent Electrical Contractors - For Bristol and the local Areas


 
 

P Kent Electrical Contractors, 4 Torridge Road, Keynsham Bristol BS31 1QG

Tel: 0777 475 6091