What is an EICR Report?
An EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a report that details the state of an electrical installation. It’s a structured document that’s generated after an inspection of a property’s electrical installation. It must be done by a trained electrician or an authorised contractor with experience. Typically, this means they have completed a course in periodic inspection and examination, are registered with the JIB or a scheme supplier such as the NICEIC, and have extensive expertise and experience with electrical installations.
When Are EICRs Required?
All buildings with electrical wiring should be tested routinely. The recommended frequency of EICRs varies depending on characteristics such as the use of the premises and the level of risk involved.
Domestic electrical testing and the production of an EICR is recommended every 10 years in all homes to check the quality of the electrical installation and ensure there is no degradation. A commercial EICR will be required every 12 months, but an inspection every 5 years.
There may be reasons why an EICR is needed more frequently.
The following are some common reasons:
- The type of property, as well as the age of the installation (the older the installation, the more often an EICR should be performed). Many commercial properties, for example, are subject to regular commercial EICR inspections.
- Misuse- such as vandalism or exposure to harsh weather or UV light, is referred to as environmental conditions.
- The use of the domestic premises has changed. This may be due to a change of occupancy of rental properties, the preparation of a property for sale, or the purchase of a property. In rental properties, it is strongly recommended that a landlord electrical safety certificate be issued with each change of occupancy to ensure that the property remains electrically secure. Requesting an EICR on a property that is being purchased is often the best way to find out if work on the electrical system is needed.
What does an EICR involve?
An EICR’s main function is to inspect the property’s electrical system regularly to detect issues before they become severe or dangerous.
A visual inspection, dead testing, and live testing will all be part of the inspection.
During an EICR, the inspector can make several electrical observations and assign each one a C1 C2 or C3 recommendation code. The findings point to a fault or absence in the electrical system.
- C1 = Danger Present, Immediate Remedial Action Required; There is a chance of injury, and urgent action is needed to correct the potential danger.
- C2 = Potential Danger Urgent Remedial Action Required; ‘potentially dangerous condition’: Immediate remedial action is needed; this should state the nature of the issue, not the actions that are required.
- C3 = Improvement Recommended; This code usually indicates that, although the installation does not comply with current regulations, it does comply with previous regulations and is therefore considered safe, though this protection may be enhanced.
Our electrician will inform you if any remedial work is needed after completing your Electrical Inspection Condition report, and will provide you with a quote as soon as possible, along with an approximate availability to begin the work.
Electricity is often taken for granted in homes and businesses, and when it’s not available, it causes major inconvenience for everyone concerned. This is why it is crucial to conduct a regular electrical safety inspection to provide the peace of mind that your electrical system won’t let you down when you least expect it.
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IPS Electrical Testing Services offer fully qualified and accredited Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) to domestic, commercial and industrial clients which outlines how safe the wiring is and provides a full evaluation of any deterioration as well as suggestions and improvements which need to be made.
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