In short, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), is an electrical assessment conducted on the condition of your buildings electrics inclusive of the consumer unit/ fusebox, wiring, sockets and switches etc.
It must be conducted by a suitable qualified electrician or electrical contractor who also has good working knowledge. Following completion you will be issued with an official Electrical Condition Report.
It is highly recommended that you have one conducted before purchasing a home or immediately after moving in at the latest if your property is over 5 years old.
An EICR is likely to cost in the region of £200 for the average 3 bedroom house.
Electrical installations can be aged and no longer fit for purpose, faulty or even unsafe or dangerous to their users so it is worth taking some serious consideration as to whether you require an EICR to be conducted.
Furthermore with the potential cost of re-wiring, repair or even in the events of an accident an EICR should be, at the very minimum, objectively considered for your home or property every 5 years or immediately if you are unsure when it was last conducted.
For any EICR testing you require within the areas surrounding our offices in Amesbury and Bracknell let us know today.
What is checked and tested within an EICR
EICR testing will identify any recommendations and/or issues before they become either hazardous or dangerous.
It typically consists of 4 key stages.
1. Visual Inspection
We visually survey your installation to check for any devices that may be incorrectly located, cracked, are broken or if there is any evidence of electrical overloading or overheating.
2. Dead Testing
Continuity Testing – Here we test electrical connections to ensure there is no poor connections present. Any poor connections or where wires may have worked loose can lead to arc-ing which is severe hazard and not always detected by older fusboards/ consumer units.
Insulation Resistance Testing – This ensures the insulation material that covers and protects the wiring is intact and fit for purpose. Some older wiring for example pre 1960s can feature vulcanised rubber which is no longer fit for purpose.
Polarity Testing – A vital check to confirm connections are in their correct sequencing.
3. Live Testing
Earth Fault Loop – Here we check that if a fault did occur that your system is able to detect this and trigger a disconnection in the supply within a specified time limit.
RCD Testing – Residual Current Device (RCD) are life saving devices which occur more frequently within modern systems. They are able detect abnormal variations within your electrical circuit or installation and offer some protection from electrical fires and electrocution.
4. Recommendations & Observations
Following the EICR we will formally record any observations which are categorised as either C1, C2 or C3.
C1 – Danger Present – Immediate Remedial Action Required
There is a risk of injury and that immediate remedial action is required to remove the dangerous condition
C2 = Potential Danger Urgent Remedial Action Required
Potentially dangerous condition’: Urgent remedial action required, this should declare the nature of the problem, not the remedial actions required.
C3 = Improvement Recommended
This code more often than not implies that while the installation may not comply with the current set of regulations, complies with a previous set of regulations and so is deemed to be safe although this safety can be improved upon
Should any remedial works be required we will provide a quotation for us to complete if necessary.
Why should I have an EICR conducted?
A Homeowner – If you are not in possession of an EICR conducted within the last 10 years you should be making arrangements for an EICR to be conducted.
A Property Landlord – You should have an EICR conducted each time a tenant changes to ensure there has been no detonation, damage or tampering within the circuit or installation.
Commercial Property – Some commercial premises are required to be tested annually. With larger buildings it is sometimes possible to test 20% of the installation each time so over a 5 year period the system is fully tested.
How Often for EICR Testing?
Testing frequencies for EICR testing depends on the type of property and its use.
Domestic Properties – Every 10 years
Rented/ Let Residential – It is recommended that you have an EICR conducted every time there is a change of tenants or every 5 years.
Buying a Property – We strongly recommend that you have an EICR conducted prior to purchasing a property. EICR testing can highlight any potential issues with the electrical installation with your desired property. Considering the cost of an electrical re-wire can lead into the thousands it is considered a vital pre-purchase check.
Where do you cover for EICR Testing?
Our EICR testing covers most areas surrounding Amesbury, Wiltshire & Bracknell, Berkshire. Areas our EICR testing covers as listed below:
Bracknell | Wokingham | Crowthorne | Sandhurst | Ascot | Woodley | Earley | Winnersh
Amesbury | Salisbury | Andover | Fleet | Farnborough | Basingstoke