Periodic Electrical Test & Inspection
Specialists in Electrical Testing
Periodic electrical testing, otherwise known as domestic EICR testing or an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR), is a comprehensive inspection of your home’s electrical systems and installation. At Mr. Electric, our specialist periodic testing team can conduct these tests as part of our full range of domestic electrical solutions.
Unlike businesses and landlords, homeowners aren’t required by law to conduct a periodic electrical test, although it is often required as part of the buying or selling process. It’s also good practice to regularly check the safety of your home’s electrics, similar to how you would service a boiler or a car.
How Often Should I Test My Electrics?
Like anything, electrical installations in the home are subject to deterioration, ageing and general wear and tear. This is why electrical tests should be conducted on a regular basis. British Standard BS 76719 (IET Wiring Regulations) advises that homeowners, landlords and businesses test at the following intervals:
- Homeowners – an electrical test is required once every ten years. If there’s a swimming pool on your property, that should be tested every year.
- Businesses – employers should have a periodic test undertaken every five years.
- Landlords – it is recommended that landlords test their properties once every five years, or when there is a change of tenancy.
What Does Periodic Electrical Testing Involve?
A periodic electrical test will check if your home’s electrical installations have any faults that are unidentifiable with a simple visual check. A number of faults could occur, such as electrical circuits overheating or becoming overloaded during use. If an electrical circuit is not installed properly – for example, without bonding or earthing to secure the electrics safely – it could potentially lead to a fire or shock hazard. Periodic testing will pinpoint any defective electrical work in your home’s system.
A trained electrician can also carry out a visual check of your property, providing you with a quick analysis of how safe it is. A visual check will look for damaged light switches and sockets, broken cables and scorch marks that result from the overloading of the power outlet. It will also inspect the residual current device (RCD) for the circuits that operate gardens and bathrooms. These visual checks should be carried out at regular intervals between the more thorough periodic inspections.
Once a periodic test is completed, you’ll be given a certificate by your testing engineer. This is commonly called an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR). The report will outline any deterioration, damage, defects or other dangerous aspects of your electrical system, plus anything that isn’t aligned with current safety standards or could place people at risk.
If a periodic test comes back negative, the EICR will be recorded as “unsatisfactory”, indicating that work is required immediately to remove the risk to anyone who is living or working in the property. The report will also show which electrical system(s) failed the periodic test. Any required work is classified using specific codes:
- C1 – this means ‘danger is present’, there is a likely risk of injury and action is required immediately.
- C2 – potentially dangerous with remedial action needed urgently.
- C3 – improvements to your electrical system are recommended. This is the only code that can appear on an EICR and still pass the test.
When your electrical system has fully passed the periodic inspection and any urgent remedial work is complete, you will be supplied with an EICR Certificate of Safety, giving you reassurance that your home electrics are safe.
For more information about periodic electrical testing for your home, give Mr. Electric a call today on 0800 7311 606.
I sadly cannot give one star. Lee Ives the managing director came out because someone else was on a job. He failed to recognise the make of Fuse Box so took a photo and sent to someone else. (It took me 2 mins to Google it and find the same information). I suggested it could be a faulty RCD (rccb) he suggested it could be a blown bulb. As he didn't have a spare RCD to add he went to move over a circuit and when he disconnected the hot tub the power worked again. He then left the hot tub disconnected and switched everything back on. He suggested we get a hot tub engineer as he doesn't fix them. He then charged us 75 for a total of 25min "work". The next day the same problem occurred... After some googling I tapped the rccb with a screw driver and it started working again. (the springs inside seize up sometimes). Wanting our clearly non faulty hot tub connecting and a new RCD (rccb) fitted we contacted mr.electric (Lee) said he would send someone the next day. He said a new RCD would be about 60. (I brought one from screwfix for 24). The electrician (not Lee) came and went to add the RCD that Lee had sent him with... It didn't FIT. (Lee should have googled it). Luckily the RCD I brought did fit. The electrician then connected this and reconnected the hot tub. Everything was now working. Lee wanted an additional 50. So in total for less than 1hours work, no parts (as we provided this), photography of the fuse box and some googling!! Lee wanted to charge 125. Unhappy we spoke to him on the phone. He told us it was a call out charge despite his website saying "no call out charge". He told us they came out twice.... We pointed out he clearly didn't know what he was doing. We did pay as the young electrician he sent on day 2 was competent and its not his fault. We will not be using them again and recommend others do not.
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Old Felixstowe, Felixstowe
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Thorpe Moriuex, Bury St. Edmunds
They turn up when promised and do the job they quote for. Prices are fair.
Had a faulty swimming pool heater, Contacted Mr Electric as we always do and within two hours they were onsite to sort the problem. I have always found Mr Electric to be very hard working and great on price and service. FIVE STARS
Mr L Smith
New Hall Primary School, Sutton Coldfield
Fazeley , Tamworth
We have just had an inspection of our electricity system in our bungalow .It was carried out by Wayne who undertook the work in a most competent and professional manner.Excellent service all round.Thankyou Jeff and Joan Boorer d professional manner. Many thanks for an excellent service.Jeff and Joan
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