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Energy performance certificate (EPC) RH7 Lingfield Eagle property solutions are a renowned and established provider of energy performance certificates (EPCs) in the area of RH7 Lingfield, also all of the locally surrounding areas.  If you choose Eagle property solutions to provide you with your energy performance certificate (EPC) you will not be disappointed with the first class service you receive. All of our domestic energy assessors (DEAs) are qualified and highly trained, and we have the most competitive prices.

Eagle property solutions also provide portable appliance testing (PAT Test), a service which checks every electrical portable appliance within the property. Portable appliance testing (PAT Test) is there to rigorously ensure that all people are safe within their working environment from any electrical accidents.

Now you know more about Eagle property solutions and are confident about the services we provide, do not hesitate to call us today and speak to an experienced member of our team on 0208 660 0104 for your free quote, or to arrange a booking. You may also contact us on our website at: http://www.blcpropertyservices.com/. Again if you own property in RH7 Lingfield or anywhere local to this area, Eagle property solutions are a renowned provider of Energy performance certificates (EPCs) and portable appliance testing (PAT Test). If you require a provider who offers a high quality, trustworthy, efficient service provided by accredited domestic energy assessors (DEAs), all at an affordable and competitive price, then we are that provider.  

Please see our other available services listed below:

Gas Safety Certificate

Inventory Services

Commercial EPCs

Floor Plans

Photography

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Electrical Safety Certificates

Cavity Wall Insulation

Loft Insulation.

Energy performance certificate (EPC) EN3 Enfield

Energy performance certificate (EPC) EN3 Enfield If you have property on the market which is for rent or sale, it is important that the properties have a valid energy performance certificate (EPC). Any property without a valid energy performance certificate (EPC) may FACE a minimal penalty fine of £200. If you own property in the area of EN3 Enfield and need an energy performance certificate (EPC) then please contact us at Eagle property solutions. All services are provided at one of the most competitive on the market.

Another service Eagle property solutions provide is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Test). This service includes one of our professional electricians checking all portable appliances inside the property. Portable appliance testing (PAT Test) is there to make sure that all persons within the building are safe within their environment from any electrical accidents.

Now you know more about Eagle property solutions and are confident about the services we provide, do not hesitate to call us today and speak to an experienced member of our team on 0208 660 0104 for your free quote, or to arrange a booking. You may also contact us on our website at: http://www.blcpropertyservices.com/. Again if you own property in EN3 Enfield or anywhere local to this area, Eagle property solutions are a renowned provider of Energy performance certificates (EPCs) and portable appliance testing (PAT Test). If you require a provider who offers a high quality, trustworthy, efficient service provided by accredited domestic energy assessors (DEAs), all at an affordable and competitive price, then we are that provider.

Please see our other available services listed below:

Gas Safety Certificate

Inventory Services

Commercial EPCs

Floor Plans

Photography

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Electrical Safety Certificates

Cavity Wall Insulation

Loft Insulation.

PAT Testing Cost

PAT Testing Cost Approximately 25% or reported electrical accidents are caused by portable appliances in homes and offices. These can range from minor shocks to extensive internal burning. If the electrical current is strong enough, it can even cause fibrillations in the heart, stopping it and resulting in death. In light of this, it is hardly surprising that there are now so many rules and regulations enforcing the testing of all Portable Appliances in all institutions, businesses and commercial and residential lettings, all those which have been repaired or serviced must also be tested. This means that the PAT Testing cost can vary extensively, particularly as the definition of ‘portable’ is now deemed to not only include such equipment as is easily moved while still attached to mains electricity and weighing less than 18 kilos and all I.T. equipment, but also includes stationary ‘white goods’ which exceed 18 kilos (kitchen appliances, fridges, freezers etc), as well as all appliances that are hired or supplied.

The PAT Testing cost incorporates a number of tests which are designed to ‘prevent danger’ in accordance with the parameters set down by the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. The Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 demands that all ‘work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’. The PAT Testing cost is affected by the number of tests performed, the type of test, and the frequency or regularity of the inspection. These factors are in themselves determined by the type of appliance, its function and its environment. Other relevant issues include the ‘Class’ of the equipment and its risk factor.

The PAT Testing cost includes a preliminary or visual inspection, earth continuity tests in Class 1 equipment, insulation testing and functional checks. Moreover, the skilled engineers assess the appliance environment and make an evaluation of risk factor and frequency of inspection based on whether the appliance is in a wet or corrosive environment, the amount of movement and stress placed on the flex cords, and whether there are heating elements or motors in the appliance. These testers learn how to potential modes of electrical, thermal and mechanical damage to the electrical equipment, its flexes and plug connection, determining the tests for specific appliances, and costing accordingly.

Eagle Property Solutions has a number of highly skilled engineers who perform the PAT Testing in accordance with the above regulations. The trained engineers ensure that all the electrical appliances examined are safe. They also conduct an environment assessment, looking for potential risks or future damage. The cost of the PAT Testing by Eagle Property Solutions starts from as little as £39.00 plus VAT and includes the replacement of plugs and fuses free of charge. The PAT Testing cost also covers the regulation labels or stickers which must be on all appliances which have been tested. These labels contain a unique ID code and describe the state of the equipment, whether it Passed or Failed inspection. The service provided by our company also includes a reminder about future re-testing.

The Cost of PAT Testing

The Cost of PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly termed PAT Testing, is now a legislated necessity for all Landlords, both residential and commercial, as well as all businesses, public buildings and institutions including hospitals and schools.

Despite the multiple regulations concerning the necessity and enforcement of PAT Testing in order to ensure that ‘work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’ (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998), there are actually no specific standards in Europe concerning either the definition of a portable appliance, or the term efficient.

However, the general consensus is that a portable appliance weighs less than 18 kilos and can be moved relatively easily while still being plugged into a central electricity supply. These include vacuum cleaners, toasters and other lightweight electrical equipment. Yet, in Britain there are a number of legislations, including the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Workplace (Health, safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Health and Safety at Work 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, amongst others, which legislate that all appliances which are ‘electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy’ must be tested. This means that the cost of PAT Testing can vary considerably according to the number and size of appliances being tested.

Moreover, the cost of PAT Testing is also determined by the sort of test being performed. There are a number of factors which can affect the cost of PAT Testing. These include the purpose and structure of the equipment in question and the surrounding environment. For example, high risk appliances and equipment with a Class 1 designation can require a wider range of tests, increasing the cost of the PAT Testing.

Finally, when determining the cost of PAT Testing, the frequency of testing needs to be considered. There are no absolute rules governing this; ‘regular inspection’ is advised by various governing bodies, however, there is no exact specification of what is entailed by ‘regular’. As noted above, the frequency of inspections is determined by the relative harshness of the environment, the skill of the users and the possible abuse of the equipment by unskilled or heavy-handed users. The actual construction of the equipment can also be a factor in the cost of PAT Testing as High Risk appliances which are in wet or corrosive environments, or come into contact with wet or corrosive substances (such as kettles), or those which include heating elements or electrical motors should arguably be tested more regularly.

Eagle Property Solutions has a number of highly skilled engineers who perform the PAT Testing in accordance with the above regulations. The cost of the PAT Testing by Eagle Property Solutions starts from as little as £39.00 plus VAT for 5 appliances and includes the replacement of plugs and fuses free of charge.

PAT Testing Costs

PAT Testing Costs Since 1974 the testing of electrical goods and appliances has been mandatory in businesses, residential rentals and institutions, as set down in the Health and Safety Work Act, 1974. There are a number of general precautions for Landlords and employers to avoid electrical accidents. These include ensuring that there is an accessible means of cutting off power in an emergency, whether a switch for fixed machines or a nearby socket for portable equipment; making sure that the plugs are not overloaded, avoiding double adaptors and ‘piggy-back’ plugs; putting the correct wattage in light fixtures; replacing worn and frayed cables and checking length and location to avoid damage and adequate equipment ventilation. Moreover, some form of risk assessment is obligatory and landlords and employers are obliged to identify potential hazards, determining precautions and reducing possible risks.

However, these guidelines are not enough in and of themselves. Some form of testing is also required in order to ensure that all appliances and work equipment is ‘maintained in an efficient state [...] and in good repair’, (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1998). Portable Appliance Testing, also referred to as PAT Testing, is mandatory for all equipment that is ‘electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy’ in order to ‘prevent danger’, (Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989). Although the PAT Testing costs can be quite high if there are a large number of appliances to be inspected, given the high rates of electrical accidents in Britain, 25% of which come from portable appliances with approximately 30 fatalities each year, PAT Testing costs cannot be viewed as anything but vitally necessary, and should be budgeted for accordingly. Moreover, B.L.C. Property Services PAT Testing costs are extremely low, starting at £39.00 plus VAT, and conducted by highly experienced operatives. 

For those who want more detailed information concerning PAT Testing, there are a number of books and articles published providing detailed information. In particular the Health and Safety Executive provides various articles including Electrical Safety and You, Maintaining Portable Electronic Equipment in Offices, and Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment in Hotels.  There is also the book Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, which provides that basic guidelines for PAT Testing in the UK and can help one calculate the probable PAT Testing costs for a business or residential letting.

These PAT Testing costs generally cover In-Service testing, which includes a preliminary or visual inspection, earth-continuity costs (for Class 1 appliances), insulation testing and functional checks for all portable appliances under 18 kilos, IT equipment and stationary or fixed ‘white goods’ which might exceed 18 kilos. However, at Eagle Property Solutions, they also include the replacement of fuses and faulty plugs as well as the PAT labels which make the mandatory record keeping easier, see Regulation 29, Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989. These labels are applied to each piece of equipment and have a unique Identification code as well as showing the status of the item, whether it has passed or failed the inspection. The labels also have the date of the test and the date of the re-test.

PAT Testing Charges

PAT Testing Charges

Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly known as PAT Testing has been deemed mandatory in all businesses, residential lettings and institutions. Unsurprisingly, the definition of ‘portable’ is somewhat specious and there is no hard and fast rule as to an exact definition. However, there is a general consensus that a portable appliance is one which is under 18 kilos and can be moved relatively easily whilst still connected to central electricity. This not only includes household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and toasters, but also all I.T. equipment, speakers and so on. However, owing to the fact that Landlords are now considered liable for all electrical damage suffered by their tenants (whether commercial or residential) when caused by electrical items included in the tenancy, the PAT testing has been expanded to include all white goods and fixed or stationary items such as fridges and office printers, even if they exceed 18 kilos. It also includes all equipment with a plug connection to mains electricity. 

Due to the vast variety of possible items for inspection and texting, PAT testing charges vary immensely and the charges are generally determined by number of appliances, so for example B.L.C. Property Services’ PAT Testing charges start at about £39.00 for 5 items and escalate up to £499 for 550 items and above for warehouses and such. These PAT Testing charges include the preliminary inspection, Earth continuity tests if necessary, insulation testing and functional checks. They are performed by experienced and competent Eagle Property Solutions engineers who ‘possess such knowledge or experience [...] as may be appropriate’ given ‘the nature of the work’, (Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989). The inspector and/or tester will be looking for potential electrical, thermal or mechanical damage in the electrical equipment as well as determining the frequency of future tests. The PAT testing charges also include an environment assessment and an inspection of the flexible cable, socket outlet and plug head of each appliance, and the free replacement of Faulty plugs and fuses. Finally the cost also includes an individual record of the test date with a unique identification code and the status (pass or fail) of each piece of electrical equipment, as well as the date of the next test-period, in accordance with Regulation 29 of the Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989, which states that records and proof of PAT Testing must be kept by all employers and landlords.

Cheap PAT Testing

Cheap PAT Testing

Even the smallest electric shock can stop the heart if the current is directed into the right spot. A large current can cause extensive burning and intense pain – if it doesn’t kill you first. Who hasn’t seen some example of this on T.V., whether it is simply the comic ‘Einstein-effect’ hair, or the more gruesome burns and purpled ‘fern-pattern’ veins so beloved in murder mysteries such as C.S.I. There are also the countless fictional film examples of the stupidity of characters who accidentally electrocute themselves in the bath, or slip in a puddle near an exposed cable and so on. However, there are literally hundreds of electrical accidents each year that don’t involve stupidity, fictional murder or a freak combination of coincidental events. They are caused by worn cables, poorly maintained equipment, ancient wiring and a number of other causes which are largely avoidable with the proper maintenance and regular inspections. It is judged that over 25% of electrical accidents are caused by faulty portable electrical appliances and poor wiring, resulting in at least 30 fatalities each year in the UK alone. With this in mind, Portable Appliance Testing, also known as PAT Testing, has been made mandatory for all employers and landlords, as well as for institutions such as schools and hospitals. PAT testing should not be avoided or skimped on. Although cheap PAT Testing is possible, customers should make sure the work they receive is merely inexpensive not shoddy or inept, as PAT testing arguably saves lives. There are a number of ways in which PAT Testing costs are determined, either on an item-by-item basis, or by flat rates based on numbers or room type, or on an hourly rate. Although the concept of ‘cheapness’ is inevitably relative, the more appliances to be tested, the higher the costs. However, given the number of tests conducted, the preventative measures undertaken and various other factors, relatively cheap PAT Testing is possible for the majority of businesses and other establishments.

B.L.C. Property Services provides reasonably priced PAT testing in accordance with Government regulations which demand that PAT testing ensures that ‘work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’ (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). The highly qualified Eagle Property Solutions inspector and/or tester conducts a preliminary or visual inspection, insulation testing, functional checks, earth continuity testing (if necessary), looks for thermal, mechanical and electrical damage to the appliances and flexible cables, and also checks the socket outlets and plug-heads, replacing faulty plugs and fuses for free. B.L.C. Property Services provides cheap PAT Testing that also includes PAT labels, which are affixed to each individual appliance and have a unique identification code, show if the item has passed the tests, state the date of the test and the date of the next test. These labels are of particular importance given the necessity of record keeping for landlords and employers. The labels provide proof that they have passed all the regulation PAT tests and are not endangering their employees and tenants, ensuring that electrocuted hair and grisly electrical burns remain the stuff of television plots rather than becoming a horrific reality.

PAT Test Prices

PAT Test Prices

Now that the testing of portable electrical appliances, normally termed PAT Testing, is mandatory in the UK for all businesses, landlords, institutions and self employed, it is hardly surprising that the rates are extremely competitive and there is really very little to choose from between the PAT Test prices of various companies. Moreover, there is a vast range of appliances that have to be subjected to various tests and inspections, further adding to the competitive rates. These obviously include all ‘portable’ appliances, namely those which are under 18 kilos and easily moved while still attached to an electrical supply, as well as all I.T. equipment. However, there are a number of other electrical items which must also be tested, such as all ‘white goods’ and stationary or fixed appliances and all electrical equipment that is hired or supplied. PAT Test prices generally include a preliminary inspection with an environment assessment, earth continuity tests, insulation tests and functional tests.

At B.L.C. Property Services, the extremely competitive PAT Test prices also include a full report and PAT certificate, free PAT labels with records of the pass or fail of the electrical appliance, as well as the free replacement of all fuses and faulty plugs by one of our skilled engineers. All of the tests by B.L.C. Property Services are conducted in accordance with the guidelines and regulations set down in Health and Safety Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989. Moreover, unlike some of our competitors, Eagle Property Solutions offers PAT Testing Prices tailored to the individual customer. Unlike other companies which charge by the hour (which can be extremely expensive as the hourly rate is over £60), or those who have a minimum flat rate of 50 items at £75.00 or above, Eagle Property Solutions offers a start rate especially designed for landlords, of 5 items for £39.00 plus VAT. This is literally one of the lowest PAT Test prices available in South East England, particularly when the free replacement of faulty plugs and fuses is taken into account, along with the free PAT labels and PAT certificate.

For those who want more information on the electrical equipment that requires PAT Testing there are a number of articles provided by the H.S.E., including Electrical Safety and You, Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment in Offices and Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment in Hotels.

http://www.eaglepropertysolutions.co.uk/services/portable-appliance-testing-pat// . There are also various precautions that can be taken by landlords and employers, including ensuring that there is an accessible means of cutting off power in an emergency, whether a switch for fixed machines or a nearby socket for portable equipment; making sure that the plugs are not overloaded, avoiding double adaptors and ‘piggy-back’ plugs; putting the correct wattage in light fixtures; replacing worn and frayed cables and checking length and location to avoid damage and adequate equipment ventilation.