What is Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing is the term used for the inspection of your fixed electrical installation. Faulty electrics in a home or business premises are one of the leading causes of fires within a building. As such, it is important to keep on top of all the necessary testing and maintenance required to keep any property as safe as possible.
What is the purpose of Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing involves a full test of all the electrics and electrical systems within a building. It will necessitate testing electrical installations throughout the whole property, to uncover any issues and any wear and tear that needs remedial work, before it becomes an issue. We check the general health of all the electrical systems in the property. These include:
- Distribution boards
- Mains panels
- Wiring in the walls, floors and ceilings
- Lighting circuits
- Sockets and outlets
- Any other fixed wiring
Fixed Wire Testing has many other names too, such as wire testing, testing electrical installations, electrical wiring testing and fixed electrical testing. The modern term for all these is EICR or Electrical Installation Condition Report. They all mean essentially the same thing and help to ensure your building is kept as safe as possible.
There are certain legal obligations surrounding Fixed Wire Testing, depending on the type of property you own. For example, landlords must follow strict government guidelines to ensure the maximum safety of their tenants. Business premises have other obligations.
Regardless of your situation, especially if you are worried about electrical safety in your own home, Hexo Services can help. We provide electrical services and Fixed Wire Testing in London and across the South East region. We are on hand to provide fixed electrical testing of your systems, as well as fixed wiring inspections, and will also correct and maintain them at competitive prices.
What happens during a fixed wire test?
A fixed wire test can only be conducted by fully trained and qualified engineers, which is why you will need to employ the services of specialists such as Hexo Services. Our technicians will visit your site at a time that suits you, causing minimum disruption. The test will involve two aspects:
- Visual checks
These are done via a review of past tests (and any reports) and we will also look at the labelling of the circuits in situ. If required, we will need to trace circuits to ascertain their location and only when we are confident we know what we are inspecting, will we commence the fixed wire test.
- Fixed wiring testing
Secondly, there will be physical testing of the circuits, conducted with tools and electronic meters that are specifically designed for the job. The circuits will need to be disconnected briefly in order for the fixed electrical testing to be carried out safely.
What will be the outcome of a fixed wire test?
The desired outcome of a fixed wire test is that those responsible for the building will be alerted to any existing issues, and anything that might become an issue in the near future. These can then be rectified before any serious problems occur.
After the full sequence of electrical testing has taken place, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will be drafted so there is a proper record of the findings. An Electrical Installation Condition Report details the status of the systems and what needs to be done in order to render the system safe and compliant.
Fixed Wire Testing should be conducted at regular intervals. There are certain necessary guidelines to follow and we will help you meet all of the criteria. For example, 5 year electrical testing fixed wire tests have become mandatory for landlords and housing associations.
These 5 year electrical testing fixed wire tests come following new Government regulations, that came into force on 1st June 2020. These make it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to have their electrical installations tested every five years. For older buildings, more frequent testing is advised.
What if issues are found during the fixed electrical testing?
If any issues arise during the fixed electrical testing, we will offer a defect repair and remedial service, to get your business compliant quickly and efficiently once again. Once fixed electrical testing repair works have been carried out, the entire system will be examined again, to ensure the maintenance has been completed successfully.
Typical fixed wire installation remedial works might include:
- Replacement distribution boards and circuits
- Circuit repairs
- Replacement light fittings
- Replacement sockets and switches
- Repairs to damaged cables
- Installation of RCD protection
- Earthing and bonding upgrades and installations
- Circuit breakers and RCBOs
- Protection around enclosures
- Loose and damaged accessories
Once your system has been repaired, we will then issue you with an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC), or a Minor Works Certificate (MW), along with a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is proof that your system is up-to-date, safe and compliant.
Supplementary fixed electrical testing services
At Hexo Services, we also offers bespoke, client-led inspections, testing, surveys and schematics according to your requirements. These might include:
- Heat surveys
- Labelling and identification of circuit accessories (switches, sockets, isolators etc.)
- Identification and labelling of distribution boards
- Labelling and identification of sub-main and main cables
- Distribution layout schematic
- Earthing layout schematic
Along with the 5 year electrical testing fixed wire test and 5 year Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), we also offer Custom Commercial Electrical Inspections and Testing. We can complete your inspection at a time that suits you and your business. This includes weekend and evening appointments, so that you can limit business downtime and disruption.
Why hire Hexo Services for your Fixed Wire Testing?
At Hexo Services, we offer Fixed Wire Testing in London and the South East. We are professional, qualified and flexible, so we can work in a way that suits you, your property and your business. We have:
- Experienced electrical inspectors
- Full protection with public liability insurance, DBS checks and Health and Safety compliance
- Complete electrical compliance
- Fast electronic certification
- Fixed price services
- A co-operative ethos
As experts in fixed electrical testing, and Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), we will ensure that your Fixed Wire Testing is thorough and all issues are reported in full. We also offer remedial works services, so you can rest assured that whatever issues are uncovered, you can have them fixed as soon as possible.
Keeping your electrics in good order will help to reduce the fire risk in your building and increase the safety of those within it. We’re a one-stop-shop, offering a full suite of electrical services, including out-of-hours appointments. We use cutting-edge equipment, too, so you can be sure that any fixed electrical testing will be carried out to the highest possible standards.
What types of buildings do we test?
We can handle the booking of all types of EICRs, regardless of building type. We can offer fixed write testing and 5 year electrical testing fixed wire tests to:
- Work premises
- Sports and fitness gyms
Hexo Services – Fixed Wire Testing in London and EICR specialists
As well as offering Fixed Wire Testing in London, we offer a range of EICR services. We can organise any remedial works in a timely manner. Plus, with fast certificate turnaround times, you can sit back and let us take care of your home, and your tenants. We offer Fixed Wire Testing in London and the surrounding areas, so get in touch for more advice on what we can offer you.
How much does a fixed wire test cost?
So how much does a fixed wire test cost? In order to make the process affordable and simple, the prices of our Fixed Wire Testing services are based on the size of the property and the number of circuits within in.
Finding fixed electrical testing costs is easy with Hexo Services. Visit our Prices page for a full breakdown of fixed wire test costs, as well as PAT Testing prices and Electrical Installation Condition (EICR) Report costs. For larger project, contact us for a bespoke quote.
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