How Often Do I Need an EICR?
EICR Testing Electrician covering Redditch Coventry Midlands advise -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 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.
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 on 0121 2850136
All electrical installations deteriorate through age and constant use. EICR Testing Electrician in Stourbridge Mr Electric recommend premises should be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’ Fixed Wire or EICR Testing
WHO CARRIES OUT EICR ELECTRICAL SAFETY CERTIFICATE TESTING IN REDDITCH ?
Eicrtesting.com a Birmingham based company recommend Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as NICEIC registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).
THE EICR ELECTRICAL SAFETY TEST CERTIFICATE and INSPECTION PROCESS BIRMINGHAM
Eicrtesting.com based in Birmingham will send a fully qualified Testing Electrician who will establish the overall condition of all the electric installation and tell you whether it is satisfactory for continued use as well as detail any work that might need to be done. This remedial work will be graded upon importance.
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IS AN ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT (EICR) A LEGAL REQUIREMENT?
Although an Electrical Installation Condition Report – or EICR – is not a legal requirement in itself, many property owners are bound by legal obligations to their staff, customers or tenants which can be met by an EICR inspection.
Each year there are still instances of people suffering death and injuries at work or home as a result of faulty electrics, but having a regular EICR report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician can minimise the risk of avoidable tragedies occurring.
For businesses: There are various laws which require business owners to take suitable measures to prevent accidents. For example, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees in the workplace. At the same time, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity used as part of work activities.
The Health and Safety Executive regularly prosecutes businesses which fail to protect employees from electrical injuries at work.
For landlords: Landlords with tenants in any residential accommodation are bound by The Landlords and Tenants Act (1985) which requires that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe at the start of any tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout.
An EICR offers a simple and cost effective method which landlords can use to comply with the act.
For homeowners: There are no legal requirements for homeowners to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report although it is a sensible practise to adopt in order to check the safety of your electrics and help prevent any avoidable accidents from occurring.
EICRs are often recommended as part of a house selling process and can prove invaluable in terms of checking the electrics of a property before deciding to buy it.
If you’re unsure of your legal obligations where electrical safety is concerned, the EICR Testing team of specially-qualified and highly-trained electrical testing and inspection engineers are happy to advise. Contact one of our team now to find out more.
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