Electrical testing is one of the most important responsibilities of landowners of HMO or commercial properties. Sadly, it is one of the most neglected duties, too. Many landowners are not aware of the safety risks of their old electrical installations and appliances. If they will only look at the alarming number of fire and electrical shocks caused by faulty wirings in appliances and faulty electrical works, they would see the importance of electrical testing.
Why you need electrical testing
All kinds of electrical work and appliances can deteriorate in time or because of technical system overloading. The issues are not always recognisable. You may think that your appliances are working just fine even though they are not. This is the reason why getting comprehensive electrical testing performed by a qualified electrician is essential. By doing this, you can prevent electrical-related incidents, ensure the safety of people living under your roof, and protect your investments.
How electrical testing helps
Electrical testing involves checking several different aspects of the electrical system. It involves inspection of both fixed wires and appliances or what is more known as Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). Electricians must test them both to ensure electrical efficiency.
First, the electrician inspects the installations for damage or any potential issues such as overloading. They also look for fire hazards and shock risks and check the bonding and earthing of the installations. By determining problems early on, they help you take the necessary steps to fix them immediately. Additionally, these tests can give you peace of mind that your appliances can be safely and efficiently used.
Portable appliance testing or PAT is performed on various electrical products like kettles, ovens, hand dryers, and computers, printers. Electricians check the pins, cables, and other exterior parts of appliances, looking for visible signs of damage. After that, they will use PAT equipment to determine the condition of the electrical components of these appliances.