EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)

What is EICR (Electrical installation condition report)?

An EICR is an inspection of the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.

EICR will:

  • Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded
  • Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation
  • Identify any defective DIY electrical work
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding

We also carry out EICT tests on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe.. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.

Why EIC or periodic inspection needed?

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. The person responsible for maintenance must ensure that the installation remains safe and serviceable, protecting the users’ safety.

When should you do your periodic inspection?

It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:

– 10 years for a domestic installation

– 5 years for a commercial installation

– 3 years for caravans

– 1 year for swimming pools

Perform periodic inspections in other instances such as:

– When a property is being prepared to be let

– Prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property

Who should undertake EICR?

You should have your EICR by a competent electrician

EICR should be carried out by a competent electrician.

What happens during EIRC?

The electrician will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BSi7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) – as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, and contains around 850 Regulations.

The periodic inspection will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:

a) Adequacy of earthing and bonding

b) Suitability of the switchgear and control gear e.g. consumer unit e.g. an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, a haphazard mixture of such equipment is likely to need replacing

c) Serviceability of equipment e.g. switches, socket-outlets and light fittings e.g. older round pin sockets, round light switches and braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches, sockets mounted in skirting boards may require replacing.

d)Check the type and condition of the wiring system. For example, cables coat in black rubber, which was phased out in the 1960s, or cables coated in lead or fabric, are even older and may need replacing. Meanwhile, modern cables use PVC insulation.

e) Ensure the provision of residual current devices for socket outlets, especially since they may be used to plug in electrical equipment used outdoors.

f) Presence of adequate identification and notices

g) The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration

h) Changes in use of the premises which have led to, or might lead to, deficiencies in the installation.

The electrician will provide a periodic inspection report (PIR) as part of the periodic inspection.

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