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 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 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 0800 7311 606.
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I would like to offer my thanks & appreciation for the very speedy way in which my house was completely rewired last week after a circuit breakdown on Friday 5th October. Russell Appleton the team leader was a 'Star' & organised the job efficiently and created as little mess as possible. He liaised with me at all stages and offered sensible alternatives when things proved difficult. He and his main "Mate" Martin worked together very efficiently; leaving us with power available at the end of each day & a safe environment for the night, Our thanks to call concerned for a job well done & I hope I don’t need your services for a long time
I rang Mr Electric as an emergency call. My mother was coming out of hospital that very day and we discovered she had no lights working downstairs in her home. The lady I spoke to was very professional and helpful, she arranged for an electrician to come out that afternoon. A nice young lad named Mark rang me to advise he was on his way and would be with us in 15 minutes. He turned up on time and was able to resolve the issue and offer some good advice. I can’t tell you how grateful we were, it was essential to get moms lights on, otherwise she may have had to go back into hospital. Thank you so much. We will definitely use Mr Electric again.
Connected my new oven in. And arrived on time Even wore shoe covers
Early morning electrical problem (no shower or lights) 1 phone call,and the office confirmed early afternoon visit. The electrician(Mark) phoned to confirm he was on his way, he found and fixed the problem in no time First class service (even if a little pricey for a pensioner).
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I have used Mr Electric on numerous occasions both at home and work. We have never been let down by them yet top rate service levels from start to finish.
I called another company as I had lost power to my sockets. After an hour they found a fault and informed me I really needed a rewire quoting £4500.00 plus vat. I then called Mr Electric and asked for a rewire quote. Luke asked a few questions and said he can not see why I need a rewire. He then carried out a couple of tests and confirmed my wiring was ok. My board tough showed signs of burn caused by a loose contact and was 12 years old so we changed that. Luke could of easily quoted £4k and rewired my house. Thank you for your honesty and saving me over £4,000
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