What is EICR?
EICR is the abbreviated term for an electrical installation condition report. As the name might suggest an EICR involves the periodic inspection and testing of your electrical system. Inspection and testing of all electrical installations is a requirement under the British Wiring Regulations (BS 7617). Insurance companies, letting agencies and other bodies are increasingly aware of the importance and benefits of having a competent NICEIC contractor to carry out these inspections.
What is inspected/tested during an EICR?
An EICR will inspect the condition of your electrical systems, assessing whether they are safe and fit for continued service and if the condition meets the requirements for electrical installations (BS7671 – British Wiring Regulations). Any deterioration or damage discovered during the assessment, or any issues that are deemed to be unsafe or do not meet current regulations are detailed within the report. Not all issues identified will necessarily result in an unsatisfactory outcome to the inspection, as electrical systems that complied with regulations in force at the time the system was installed should achieve the required minimum standard of safety.
Do I need an EICR?
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or business owner, it is recommended you undertake an EICR at the specified intervals. Electrical faults are one of the most common causes of all UK house fires so ensuring your electrical wiring is checked regularly is one of the most effective ways of providing safety for your family, tenants or employees.
It is particularly advised that landlords implement an EICR on their properties every 5 years, or, following the end of a tenancy. This is vital as landlords are required to ensure their property is considered safe and habitable.
How often will I need an EICR?
If your electrical system has passed the EICR fully, you may be under the false impression that your installation is considered safe indefinitely. Electrical installations can find themselves subject to wear and tear, or the general aging and deterioration process.
As previously discussed, it is recommended that landlords undertake an EICR every 5 years or following the termination of a tenancy agreement. As for homeowners, they are recommended a period of every 10 years, although this can be brought forward if signs of damage/deterioration is brought to the occupant's attention prior to this period. The maximum inspection period for commercial installations is once in every 5-year period and industrial installations require an inspection every 3 years.
Following the EICR completion, any faults will be detailed within the report, this will include the justification for failure and a grade based on their severity in accordance with EICR fault codes.
Should your electrical installation be deemed safe and compliant with British Wiring Regulations, the system under inspection will be deemed to be ‘Satisfactory’. This will result in the instructing person or body being provided with an EICR stating the system is deemed to be safe and outlining the next inspection date.
How do I book my EICR?
We routinely perform inspections for many commercial customers including office buildings and retail premises. We also conduct domestic inspections for private customers, landlords and letting agencies or housing associations providing Landlords Certificates, Visual Inspection Reports or Electrical Installation Condition Reports, dependent on our client’s requirements. We are competent and experienced NICEIC registered contractors.
We cover all areas of South Wales. Contact us using the form to your right and discuss your testing requirements today.