EICR Test Leighton Buzzard
Specialists in EICR
Commercial, domestic and landlord EICR testing, otherwise known as an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) or periodic electrical testing, is a full-scale inspection of your electrical systems and installation. At Mr. Electric, we have a specially trained EICR team to conduct these inspections to complete the EICR test in Leighton Buzzard for homeowners, businesses and landlords.
Is EICR a Legal Requirement?
While there isn’t any legislation that specifically says homeowners, businesses or landlords should have an EICR certificate, laws such as the Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) and Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) outline the responsibilities that landlords and employers have with regards to the safety of tenants and employees respectively. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also require that precautions are taken against the risk of injury sustained from electricity used in work activities.
How Often Do I Need an EICR?
Electrical installations are not immune to the process of ageing, deterioration and even general wear and tear. For this reason, an EICR should be conducted at regular intervals. British Standard BS 76719 (IET Wiring Regulations) recommends the following intervals for businesses, landlords and homeowners:
- Businesses – employers are recommended to have an EICR test undertaken once every five years.
- Buy-to-let or rented property – landlords should have an EICR test done every five years or when new tenants enter the property.
- Homeowners – an EICR is recommended every 10 years. If the property has a swimming pool, this should be tested once every year.
What Does an EICR Test Involve?
By undertaking a EICR test in Leighton Buzzard Mr. Electric will check if your property’s electrics have any faults that cannot be identified through a visual check. A number of faults may occur, such as electrical circuits being overloaded or overheating during use. If any electrical circuit is not properly installed – for example, without earthing or bonding to safely secure the electrics – it may potentially cause a fire or shock hazard. EICR testing will identify any defective electrical work within the system.
A visual check can also be performed to give you a quick analysis of how safe your property is. This will look for broken sockets and light switches, damaged cables and scorching / burn marks as a result of overloading the power outlet. It will also look at the residual current device (RCD) for the circuits that operate the bathrooms and gardens. It is recommended that this visual check is completed at regular intervals in between the more in-depth EICR tests.
After the test has been completed, the testing engineer will produce a certificate for you. It will detail any damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. It will also highlight anything that doesn’t match the present day safety standards and things that might put people at risk.
What Happens if the Periodic Test is Negative?
Should the EICR test come back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory” meaning that the required work needs to be done, without delay, to remove the risk to those living or working at the property. As well as returning an “unsatisfactory” result, the report will detail which electrical system(s) failed the test. Work required is classified using the following codes:
- C1 – ‘danger is present’, risk of injury is likely and immediate action is required.
- C2 – potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.
- C3 – improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.
Once your electrical system has passed the inspection fully and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with an EICR Certificate of Safety, giving you peace of mind that your electrics are safe.
For more information about an EICR for your business or home, please give us a call today.
Arrived on time, explained what was happening very polite and courteous
Each job Lee and his team have tended to has been professional and punctual and always with a result or in depth report to resolve.
Town centre, Northampton
Lee gave us honest and realistic prices and availability for the test to go ahead. Did exactly what he said he'd do and was still available for advice afterwards.
Far Cotton, Far Cotton
After a little difficulty in booking an appointment the engineer did a great job in installing the Eddi, Harvi and Hub from Myenergi. These devices allow excess solar energy to be diverted to heating your hot water instead of going back into the grid. I already have a Zappi EV charger from the same company. The equipment was installed and commissioned and was up and running after a couple of hours. The engineer did a great job in a fast efficient manner.
Far Bletchley, Bletchley
Done the check and P promised me certificates over the email but never received.
Thanks for completing my EICR. Arrived on time and was very friendly and helpful.
A good experience all round. Faults and solutions were explained in layman's terms, prices were understood before the work was carried out, a short delay in carrying out the work was notified in plenty of time, they arrived at the agreed time and got on with the work, never once stopping for a brew. Oh, and the problem was fixed too.
Very friendly and professional good
Bought a new cooker called that morning came out that evening to fit it excellent work. And he was polite and friendly.
Kings Heath, Northampton