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What Does an EICR Test Involve?

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It is important you have an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) to identify any damage, breakdown and faults on electrical installations which may cause danger to individuals, but what does an EICR test involve? In this article, our specially-trained City & Guilds electricians explain to you what does an EICR test involve…

What Does an EICR Test Involve?

Firstly, let’s start off by explaining what the purpose of an EICR is. An EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) is a formal document produced following a thorough assessment of electrical installations within any domestic, commercial or industrial properties. An in-depth assessment of electrical systems and installations will be carried out looking for deterioration or faults. Following completion of the assessment, the report will be issued pointing out any defects on electrical systems against the UK standard for the safety installations – BS7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).

So, what does an EICR test involve? An EICR test can only be conducted by a highly qualified, skilled and experienced electrician. Before the test is carried out the electrician must disconnect the electric from the mains power supply. During the test, the electrician will analyse the condition of the electrical system and assess it for safety and compliance, paying particular attention to any deterioration or faults. The condition of the electrics will be checked against the UK Standard for the Safety of Electrical Installations – BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations.

Throughout the inspection the following is tested and inspected:

  • Sufficiency of earthing and bonding
  • Identification of wear and tear which may impact the safety of properties occupants
  • Devices for protection again fire and electric shock risk
  • Recognition of any damaged electrical fittings and accessories
  • Locate any exposed live wires that could cause a fire or injury

Following completion of the assessment, a report will be issued and any faults/non-compliance within the electrical system will be included in the report with reason for the failure, if required, and graded in terms of their danger in accordance with EICR fault codes. Please note, many faults cannot be seen by looking and are only picked up during an EICR test. When the electrical system has passed inspection fully and any crucial remedial work has finished then a satisfactory EICR can be issued to confirm the safety of the electrics.

EICR for Landlords

Here at Fixx, we offer Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) for landlords. We carry out inspections of electrical installations in rented properties to comply with the legal duties landlords’ face ensuring the electrical infrastructure of rented properties are safe for tenants.

We are an NICEIC approved electrical contractor with a team of highly qualified, trained and skilled electricians who are on the 18th edition wiring regulations compliant and are able to complete EICR on rented properties. If you are a landlord and would like to arrange an EICR on your rented property please call us on 0330 3530 365 or simply fill in our contact us form.

{What is the Purpose of an EICR?}

Do you know what is the purpose of an EICR? Over time wiring deteriorates and an EICR (electrical installation condition report) will identify any issues so, they can be resolved ensuring no harm can come to individuals. In this article, we explain what is the purpose of an EICR.

What Does EICR Stand For?

An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. The report highlights any damage, breakdown and faults on electrical installations which may cause danger to individuals and also explains recommended improvements. Below we explain what is the purpose of an EICR.

What is the Purpose of an EICR?

So, what is the purpose of an EICR? The purpose of an EICR is to guarantee the safety of individuals within both domestic and commercial properties. An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a formal document produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within both domestic and commercial properties. The report must be carried out by a highly qualified, skilled and experienced electrician or an approved electrical contractor with good working knowledge of electrical installations. Typically, the electrician or approved electrical contractor will have completed a course covering periodic inspection and testing and are either registered with the JIB or a scheme provider such as the NICEIC.

An EICR is needed for homes, businesses and rented properties although it is not a legal requirement to have an EICR, but many legal documents make reference to an EICR as a way of satisfying their requirements. The recommended frequency for having an EICR carried out depends on the type of premises. Below are the recommended frequencies for the different types of premises:

  • Homeowners – It is recommended that homeowners have an EICR completed at least every 10 years. Please note, it is important to have one carried out when moving out or into a new property, if the insurance company requires one or if the current electrics are old or potentially faulty. This time scale may be reduced depending on the outcome of the EICR.
  • Rented Properties – Landlords of rented properties must maintain an up-to-date EICR under the ‘Landlord and Tenants Act (1985)’. A landlord must ensure that the electrical installation in their rented property is maintained safely throughout a tenancy. It is recommended that an EICR test is carried out at the change of tenancy or at least every 5 years. It is also recommended that annual PAT testing is carried out.
  • Businesses – An employer is responsible for the welfare and safety of their employees. Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act it states that employers are ‘responsible for the health and safety of their employees’ and The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that precautions must be taken in order to prevent the risk of injury from electricity used as part of work activities. It is recommended that an EICR should be carried out at least every 5 years.

EICR for Landlords

Fixx offer Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) for landlords. We carry out inspections of electrical installations in rented properties to comply with the legal duties landlords’ face ensuring the electrical infrastructure of rented properties are safe for tenants.

We are an NICEIC approved electrical contractor, we have a team of highly qualified, trained and skilled electricians who are 18th edition wiring regulations compliant and are able to complete EICR on rented properties. To arrange an EICR on your rented property please call us on 0330 3530 365 or simply fill in our contact us form.