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Mr Electric EICR Electrician in West Bromwich Dudley Midlands carrying out all electrical testing EICR PAT Emergency Lighting. Advise 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 as part of our full package of electrical solutions.
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?
An EICR test certificate – or Electrical Installation Condition Report – is an official document produced following an in-depth assessment of the electrical systems within any domestic, commercial or industrial premises.
Tests are carried out by qualified electricians and how often you need an EICR test depends upon the nature of the premises.
Why do I need an EICR?
The purpose of an EICR is to make sure the electrical systems and installations within a building are safe, correctly-installed and well maintained. They provide an invaluable condition check on properties of all sizes, from the home to a large-scale manufacturing facility. Insurance companies can insist you have one carried out before granting a policy.
What does an EICR test look for?
An EICR test will assess the condition of your electrical systems and evaluate how efficiently they are working, paying particular attention to any deterioration or defects.
As part of the testing, engineers will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations – BS7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).
Specific issues that can be revealed through an EICR test include:
- Any issue with circuits or equipment that might overload or overheat the system
- Areas of electric shock risks and fire hazards
- Safety issues with bonding or earthing of installations and equipment
- Potential faulty electrical work that could lead to faults or injury
How is an EICR test performed?
To perform an EICR test, our specially-trained City & Guilds 2395 Inspection and Testing level engineers will need to disconnect the electrics from the mains power supply.
The test will then involve elements of visual inspections to identify any obvious faults with broken equipment or incorrect wiring, dead testing for continuity, insulation resistance and polarity, and live testing to check the system can react effectively in the event of a fault or electric shock injury.
Any faults found within the system will be listed in the report, including the reason for the failure, and graded in terms of their severity in accordance with EICR fault codes.
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.
How long does an EICR take?
Depending on the size of the property, an EICR test can take anything from a couple of hours to several days, or even weeks for the largest and most complicated installations. At EICR Testing, we appreciate that time is money and strive to work around you to ensure that any downtime is kept to a minimum. This often involves testing in stages during evenings, weekends and holidays.
How do I get an EICR Test?
Contact us today for an EICR quote or to request more information about your electrical safety obligations.
Other terms for EICR Test
EICR is also referred to as Periodic, Fixed Wire Testing, Electrical safety test, Landlords electrical testing. They all refer to a full in depth test of the fixed wiring. Not to be confused with PAT testing which test portable appliances for electrical safety.
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
They took my instruction over the phone and were prompt and very efficient in carrying out the assessment. Report also received promptly
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West Midlands , Sutton Coldfield
Arrived on the agreed date. the work was carried out efficiently with very little disruption. Matt explained very carefully what had been done and how everything worked
SOLIHULL, Electrician Tamworth Reviews
Have used Mr Electric before - they provide a good service at a reasonable price
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Kenilworth , Coventry
An excellent service from arranging times to suit to assisting with the most Practical of solutions
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Charge point installation was straightforward and, on the appointed day, the fitting was completed quickly and tidily. A repeat visit was needed due to a fault with the charger (no issue with installation). Mr Electric were pro-active, arranged an early appointment and minimised the inconvenience.
Had MR Electric to move a bedroom light switch, install ceiling spot lights to replace my old tried light fitting, they also installed new sockets ahead of new fitted Wardrobes. Excellent prompt service at an excellent price. Well done guys would recommend you to anyone
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