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Electrical PAT Testing in Slough, Bracknell, Farnborough and the Surrounding Areas

There are a number of reasons why you may require electrical PAT testing. Usually, the local electricians at RBE Electrical Ltd perform this service for landlords and business owners. We also help homeowners in Bracknell, Farnborough, Reading, Slough and the surrounding areas who may have concerns about electrical appliances and want them double-checked for peace of mind.

Regardless of the reason, we are on hand to offer a professional electrical testing service with minimal fuss and reliable results. Where required, we can provide any necessary repairs or upgrades, including rewires.

PAT Testing

PAT testing is the routine inspection of electrical appliances to ensure they are safe to use. Periodic PAT tests prevent electrical accidents, improving safety in the home or workplace.

Electrical PAT testing involves a visual inspection as well as a more in-depth check with specialist equipment. Some things our local electricians check include earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance.

The items we test include:

  • Portable Appliances – Vacuum Cleaners, Toasters, Kettles etc

  • Moveable Appliances – Electric Fans, Microwaves etc

  • Handheld Appliances – Hairdryers, Electric Drills etc

  • Cables and Chargers – Extension Leads, IEC Leads etc

  • IT Appliances – Monitors, PCs, Printers, Laptops etc

  • Fixed Appliances – Cookers, Storage Heaters, Hand Dryers etc

  • Stationary Appliances – Fridges, Washing Machines etc

While PAT testing is not a legal requirement, it is an effective way for employers to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It is also beneficial to homeowners and landlords who want to maximise safety within their properties.

Full System Testing

Our local electricians can also test full electrical systems. A visual inspection will help ascertain whether any outlets or switches need replacing, sockets need moving, lighting systems have to be replaced, or consumer boards need changing.

Our visual review will be accompanied by an official Visual Inspection Report (VIR) which will highlight any observations and recommendations we’ve provided during the inspection.

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

More in-depth than our visual inspection, this test requires your system to be switched on and off at various stages so your home or work routine will be temporarily disrupted. 

By going through each individual electrical circuit within the property, we can locate hidden faults that would have otherwise been overlooked. From here we can determine whether the entire system is in good working order or if you should consider a rewire.

If you require, we can combine an EICR test with electrical PAT testing for a thorough inspection.

EICRs are beneficial for our Bracknell or Farnborough clients who are considering renting out or selling their properties as a positive report will attract more tenants or buyers. 

RBE Electrical advised having Electrical Installation Condition Reports carried out after a change of occupancy or, for private properties, every ten years. This should be reduced to every five years for rented accommodations. 

Electrical testing takes about an hour for standard domestic properties in Bracknell, Farnborough, Reading and Slough. Commercial or industrial premises will, of course, take longer.

To speak to our local electricians about electrical PAT testing in Bracknell, Farnborough and the surrounding areas, contact us on 07704 929286.
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