What is Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing, also known as hard wire testing or an electrical wiring inspection, 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. Hexo Services is one of the UK’s leading fixed wire testing companies, providing an array of inspection and testing services. With us, your home or business is in safe hands.
What is the Purpose of Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing involves a full test of all the electrical systems within a building. It will necessitate testing electrical installations throughout the whole property, to uncover any issues that needs remedial work, before they becomes an issue.
We check the general health of all the electrical systems in the property during hard wire testing. These include:
- Distribution boards
- Mains panels
- Wiring in the walls, floors and ceilings
- Lighting circuits
- Sockets and outlets
- Any other fixed wiring
Is Fixed Wire Testing Known by any Other Terms?
Fixed Wire Testing has many other names, such as wire testing, testing electrical installations, electrical wiring testing and fixed electrical testing.
The modern term for all of 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.
Is Fixed Wire Testing a Legal Requirement?
You might be wondering if Fixed Wire Testing is a legal requirement. Well, there are certain legal obligations surrounding electrical 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. It’s extremely important to understand fixed wire testing regulations UK.
Fixed Wire Testing in London
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, such as hard wire testing and Fixed Wire Testing in London and across the South East.
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. After the test, you will be given a fixed electrical certificate to prove your compliance.
Electricity at Work Regulations
Business owners must keep up with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, which are there to protect people and properties from electrical issues.
The regulations apply to employees, employers and the self employed. Under the legislation, electrical equipment includes anything used, or intended to be used, that is powered by electrical energy.
What Do the Regulations Cover?
The regulations cover all electrical safety testing, including Fixed Wire Testing, placing the responsibility on the employer to protect their employees and any visitors that enter the business premises.
Employers can only demonstrate compliance by hiring a competent company to complete inspection and testing of their building.
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 to carry out an electrical wiring inspection, at a time that suits you, causing minimum disruption. The test will involve two aspects:
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.
If you’re thinking “how long does a fixed wire test take?”, then that all depends on the size of the property and the amount of circuits within in. On average, three to four hours should be long enough to test all of the fixed wiring in a building.
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. After the fixed wiring test, you will be given a fixed electrical certificate.
How Often do I Need a Fixed Wire Test?
Hard 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.
This 5 year fixed wire testing comes in the wake of 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 electrical fixed wire testing is advised. However, 5 year fixed wire testing can be used as a general rule of thumb.
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 Remedial Works
Typical fixed wire installation remedial works might include circuit repairs, replacement distribution boards and light fittings, as well as:
- 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 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 safe and compliant.
Supplementary Fixed Electrical Testing Services
At Hexo Services, we also offers bespoke, client-led fixed electrical testing services, 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
5 Year Electrical Testing Fixed Wire Test
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, as well as all types of fixed wiring test.
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. When it comes to fixed electrical testing services, we can work around you.
Who Can Carry Out a Fixed Wire Test?
The simple answer is, a professional and qualified engineer. 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.
Why Choose Us?
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 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
Can Fixed Wire Testing Reduce Fire Risk?
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, no matter the building type. Commercial fixed wire testing is particularly important if you work within an industry, or building, that is deemed high-risk.
This includes places like manufacturing units and hospitals, where hundreds of people congregate at any one time. We can offer fixed write testing and 5 year electrical testing fixed wire tests to:
- Work premises
- Sports and fitness gyms
Electrical Services for Landlords
We also work with landlords to help ensure rental properties are safe for tenants. If you lease out accommodation to others, then you will need to arrange commercial fixed wire testing, as well as other essential landlord certificates.
Is Fixed Wire Testing the Same as PAT Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing is different to Pat Testing. Portable Appliance Testing is the inspection of single appliances, while Fixed Wire Testing involves testing electrical installations that conduct electricity around a building.
PAT Testing includes all handheld electrical appliances: movable equipment, stationary appliances, fixed equipment, corded power tools, extension leads and RCD extension leads. Appliances cover everything from kettles to computers and vending machines to dishwashers.
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 Electrical Testing services are based on the size of the property and the number of circuits within it.
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.
Ensured COVID-19 Protocols
As one of the UK’s leading fixed wire testing companies, we’re here to support you and make the process of fixed wire electrical testing as smooth as possible.
Every service that we offer is performed with care and attention, and in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. We do our best to make sure that we bring peace of mind and ease of operation to your business. All necessary precautions are taken and practised by our staff.
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