May 29, 2015

Electrical Installation Condition Reports

Category: General
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Electrical Installation Condition Reports

We all have electricity in our homes and commercial building, and it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. After all, electricity itself is invisible, and the cables and units that supply it are usually hidden. Old or faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of domestic electrical fires, so it's vital to keep checking the condition of your electrical installation. The easiest and safest way to do this is to have a qualified electrician carry out regular Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR).

What is an EICR?

As the name suggests, an EICR is a report into the condition of your electrical installation. It aims to highlight any areas for concern, including faulty wiring and non-standard installations. It records the state of the installation at the time of inspection; any damage or wear and tear; anything that doesn't meet current regulations and also highlights any issues that may cause electric shocks or dangerously high temperatures.

Who needs an EICR?

Although it's not a statutory requirement to have an EICR carried out in your own home, we'd strongly recommend that you do so when you move into a new property and at ten yearly intervals. If you're a private landlord, it's essential to have the report carried out as otherwise you could be held liable for problems caused by an unsafe electrical installation. For Houses of Multiple Occupancy and commercial buildings, it's a statutory requirement to have the report carried out at regular intervals.

What happens during the test?

When carrying out an EICR, your electrician will need to disconnect the electricity at the mains for safety reasons. Then, he'll carry out a visual inspection to identify anything that's broken or damaged. Next, there'll be a series of tests with an electrical test meter, including continuity testing, insulation resistance testing, testing of RCDs, earthing testing and polarity testing.

Finally, your electrician will write up your EICR using a series of codes to identify any danger areas or remedial work.

If you'd like to know more about Electrical Installation Condition Reports or book one of our electricians, call us today on 01928 711444.