What is an 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 electrical installation condition report 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.
There are five essential objectives associated with conducting the report, these are as follows:
- Protection - Probably the most vital objective of an EICR is to ensure your electrical installations are safe, protecting you, your workforce, or tenants from any potential harm.
- Inspection - Assess all electrical systems for signs of damage and adequately report these.
- Testing - Conduct tests on electrical appliances/installations so as to identify any faults that might be undetectable by the naked eye.
- Compliance - Ensure that the electrical installations comply with current standards outlined by British Wiring Regulations.
- Record - Recording the state of the electrical installation at the time of the inspection is crucial in understanding whether the EICR is deemed satisfactory or unsatisfactory. This is also beneficial in providing background history to be used as a point of reference for future EICR's.
Do I need an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or business owner, it is recommended you undertake an electrical installation condition report 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 Electrical Installation Condition Report?
If your electrical system has passed the inspection 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 electrical installation condition report 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 are 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.
Benefits of conducting regular inspections
There are a number of advantages you can benefit from by ensuring EICR's are conducted regularly, these are as follows:
- Compliance - Regular and up-to-date EICR's ensure you are following current regulations in accordance with British Wiring Regulations.
- Safety - Ensuring an EICR is conducted during the specified time period will result in the reassurance that your home, workplace or property's electrical systems are deemed satisfactory and, more importantly, safe.
- Efficiency - Electrical appliances deemed satisfactory by an EICR are likely to operate in an energy-efficient manner.
- Insurance - A recent EICR might have an advantageous effect on insurance premiums. The report provides valid evidence that your electrical installations are safe and less likely to fall victim to a fault.
- Reduced Cost - As a direct result of increased energy efficiency and decreased insurance premiums, you can expect to benefit from reduced costs.
Following the completion of an electrical installation condition report, any faults detected 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.
Failing the inspection
Should your electrical installation condition be deemed unsatisfactory, the responsible party will be required to rectify any faults as detailed by the report. The report results will categorise electrical systems that fail the test in the following way:
- Category 1 (C1) - This category describes electrical systems in which danger is present and there is a substantial risk of injury, immediate attention is required.
- Category 2 (C2) - This category describes electrical systems that are potentially dangerous, this fault requires remedial attention.
- Category 3 (C3) - This category describes electrical systems whereby improvement is recommended; this is the only category that might appear on an EICR that is deemed satisfactory.
How do I book my Electrical Installation Condition Report?
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.