An EICR is a series of tests carried out by a qualified electrician to make sure your electrical installation is working and to the standards of the National Safety Standard. EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report, and the inspection carried out under this type of investigation, will help reveal any electrical circuits or equipment that are unsafe to use, particularly important for landlords.
It will also help reveal any potential risks to health and safety that’s caused by faulty electrical works. If there’s any problems with bonding or earthing conductors this will be highlighted by the EICR Report.
In your home, in a domestic environment, your gas and water supply should be connected to your fuse board and this can be checked by a qualified electrician as part of your EICR report. The report also gives you a timescale within which you are expected to carry out any repairs that are required.
The EICR reports can serve a positive use by providing you with an in-depth report of the electrical system of a house before you decide to buy, so you can budget for repairs beforehand. The report will carry out tests on fixed electrical equipment and wiring and a schedule of circuits in the house can be provided which is always of great value.
Do You Need an EICR For Your Property?
It can help determine what’s at fault and what needs replacing, especially if the wiring is quite old. This way, any risks can be minimalized, therefore checking the electrical installation is of clear value, helping you to avoid serious accidents.
An EICR report is usually carried out every 5 years on average, but the condition of the installation in you property will be the deciding factor. It’s also important to consider if you’re thinking about selling your property, or if you’re buying a property that was once occupied by someone else.
What Happens When an EICR is Carried Out?
Of course the most important aspect of the EICR is the report itself, checking everything carefully including the cables and the fuse-boxes themselves, although this does not include those concealed in walls, or under the floor. Once everything has been inspected observations will be recorded and given a code. The codes go from 1 to 4, and range in urgency from (1) requiring urgent attention to (4) does not comply with British Standard – but it’s not dangerous. The other two in-between include improvements needed and further investigations.
Any Work Needed
The report will also include a list of any work needed to rectify problems which have been identified by the report. It will also point out in detail any current standards which haven’t been adhered to in the electrical installation under investigation. Here at GW Electrical we can give you a quote for the work needed, but even if we are the ones that carry out the report, there is no pressure on you whatsoever to get this work done by us.
Who Should Carry Out the EICR?
Anyone carrying out an EICR report should be a qualified and experienced electrician who will be well qualified to test all electric circuits and appliances against national safety standards. The inspection itself must meet the Requirements for Electrical Installations known, the IEE Wiring Regulations, which is BS 7671.
The inspection takes in a number of circumstances when checking your electrical installation such as:
Is the earthing and bonding provided, adequate?
Are the control gear and switches working efficiently
How well are the switches, light fittings and sockets working?
Old electrical switches and sockets, such as: round pin sockets, round light switches, fabric coated cables from ceiling roses and black sockets and switches that have been mounted on skirting boards – are they safe?
The condition of the wiring system, older ones may be especially vulnerable
Signage and adequate notices
Wear and tear and damage
Problematic wiring potentially caused by changes over the years.
If you have any further queries regarding the EICR report, and its preventing you from going ahead, please contact us, we’re a friendly team and we’re happy to go through the whole thing with you, either in person or via a friendly telephone call.