Electrical Testing in Plymouth

Our NICEIC accredited electrical contractors provide electrical testing in Plymouth and South Devon for commercial and domestic clients, and landlords. It is vital to ensure periodic inspection of electrical systems to check for safety. We can test all types of electrical wiring and appliances to ensure they are safe and meet the current electrical safety regulations. Our services include Electrical Installation Certificates (EIC), Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) and PAT testing.

So, if you need a local electrician for electrical testing in South Devon, contact us to arrange an engineer.

PAT Testing

PAT testing (portable appliance testing) involves testing portable appliances to ensure they are safe to use. Our team offer PAT testing either on an ad-hock basis or annual contracts. The type of equipment you have will depend on how often it needs testing. However, most equipment should be submitted for testing annually. We can provide advice relating to the frequency of portable appliance testing you need, to ensure testing takes place at appropriate times to safeguard users from potential electrical hazards. If your electrical appliances pass the test, then they will be marked with a sticker. This will show the date of the test and when the next one is due. In the instance that any electrical equipment fails the test, it will be condemned and deemed unsafe.

Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement for Commercial Organisations and Landlords?

Although the HSE states that PAT testing is not technically a legal requirement, it is, however, the duty of the organisation to ensure electrical equipment is maintained and safe. As a result, PAT testing provides the perfect solution. It will safeguard users against potential electrical hazards and also prove you have taken steps to maintain equipment properly. Furthermore, if you are a commercial organisation then it is your legal duty to ensure your business is compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989If you are a landlord, then similar rules apply.

Again, although portable appliance testing is not technically a legal requirement, we strongly advise organising PAT testing at least every two years. This will demonstrate that you are proactive in safeguarding your occupants from injury due to faulty electrical appliances. In the event that a person becomes injured due to an avoidable electrical fault, you could be at risk of prosecution. It is always better to be safe than sorry.


EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. It is an electrical inspection that assesses the current condition of electrical installations. Our qualified electricians can inspect all types of electrical wiring and installations to ensure they are in a safe and stable condition. If the installation fails the test, then we can advise on the best repair and replacement options. Although there are no specific laws for homeowners to legally maintain their electrical installations, we do advise having the electrics checked approximately every 5 years.

EICR for Landlords

New laws that came into force in June 2020 have made it a legal requirement for landlords to arrange EICR reports. This is necessary to ensure that they comply with government legislation for Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England). We provide EICRs for landlords. Our team of electricians work with both letting agencies and private landlords, to ensure their properties are protected against electrical faults and hazards. Whether you have one property or a portfolio of rented accommodation, you can trust us to inspect your electrical installations to the highest standards. Landlord EICRs are periodic inspections and should be carried out every five years. However, with safety concerns being paramount, we do advise arranging an EICR before a new tenancy. This is advisable even if the last EICR was less than five years ago.

Electrical Installation Certificates (EIC)

When a new electrical system is installed, it is important to ensure it is certified for safety. Our electrical contractors can carry out electrical inspections and provide electrical installation certificates on all new installations to certify that they are safe.

Homebuyers Electrical Survey

If you are looking at purchasing a new home, then get in touch to book a homebuyers electrical survey. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of arranging an electrical inspection before purchasing a property. The survey will test and inspect all electrical installations to check for condition and safety. If we find that the systems are not up to standard, then our report could prove useful for negotiating on price.

To find out more about our home buyer surveys, please contact us for a free quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

During the inspection, what is checked? The electrician will test and check the property’s permanent electrical installations. Wiring, plug sockets, light fittings, fuse boxes, electric showers, and extractor fans are just a few examples.

They can make any immediate dangers safe.

Depending on the size of your home, an electrical safety inspection might take up to two hours to perform. The inspection may take longer if urgent repairs are necessary.

A PAT test is a regular assessment of certain types of electrical appliances to ensure that they are safe to use. Earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance are all checked as part of this test.

A PAT insulation test is all that is required for some equipment.

PAT testing should be done at least every two years as a general rule of thumb. However, depending on other aspects and conditions like the location of the equipment, the type of equipment and more, the suggested frequency might be considerably higher.

Electrical Testing Bookings & Quotes

For electrical testing in Plymouth and South Devon, get in touch with the team at Edwards Electrical. We offer a fast response and free no-obligation quotations, so contact us to see how we can assist you.