When it is time to have your electrical installation condition report conducted, give us a call. We at C and M Electricals, are all approved and registered electricians and have all the necessary qualifications, training, skills, and experience to perform this inspection safely.
Plus C&M is insured and comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. In addition to that, C&M is a proud member of the NICEIC/CHAS.
What Is And Why Do You Need An EICR?
The EICR is a document stating the condition of the electrical systems in your home, etc., and is generated from periodic inspections These inspections ensure that your electrical systems are satisfactory.
The reason why you need regular EICRs is that electrical wiring and other components do deteriorate and to be safe they need to be monitored to prevent dangerous events. These reports help maintain the safety standards of your property and protect you from unauthorized DIY projects that due occur from time to time.
How Long Does An Electrical Safety Check Take?
The electricians follow an electrical safety checklist and the inspection can range between 2 and 6 hours depending on the size of your property. It is possible to have 2 electrical inspectors sent to your property and when that takes place, the inspection time can be cut in half.
How Long Does The EICR Last?
Under the terms set out in The Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, the longest gap between inspections is 5 years. This time frame is applied to those properties that have been newly constructed, rewired, and are found without defects.
It is the landlord’s or property manager’s responsibility to assess their situation and adjust the inspection time frame accordingly.
What Does An Electrical Safety Check Involve?
The main purpose of the EICR is to locate and identify any potential problems before they become a safety or serious hazard. There is a visual inspection, dead & live testing to check for any non-compliance.
The inspector will assess the wiring and assign a code to each observation made. That code is as follows:
- C1- Danger present, immediate remedial action required. There is a risk of injury and immediate action needs to be taken to rectify the problem.
- C2- Potential danger urgent ‘remedial action required. This is a potentially dangerous situation that needs to be fixed.
- C3- Improvement recommended. This is not an immediate or risky situation but it does need to be upgraded for safety concerns.
- FI- Code could not be assessed further investigation needed.
There will be some power interruptions throughout the investigation. While this is an inconvenience it is necessary in order to determine the safety level of all electrical components
How Much Does An Electrical Safety Check Cost in Leicestershire?
There are several factors involved that determine the amount of money you will have to pay for each inspection. Those factors include:
- The Size Of The Property- Larger homes and businesses will pay more than smaller ones.
- If The Property Is For Commercial Or Residential Use- The latter will not pay as much as the former due to electrical system complexities.
- Location Of The Property- Those homes in London, the South-east and those in locations without a local electrician will pay more.
The basic EICR fees are as follows:
- Small House With 1 To 2 Beds- Between 80 & 150 BP*
- Larger House With 3 To 4 Bedrooms- Between 95 & 170 BP*
- Commercial Properties- Start At 120 BP* And Go Up
* excludes VAT and all prices are estimates only
What Happens After The Inspection?
Once the EICR has been completed, the report will be sent to you within 24 hours no matter if your property received a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating. A copy will be kept on file and you can access it by making a request through e-mail.
Landlords & property managers must present a copy of the EICR to their tenants within 28 days, as well as providing a copy for new incoming renters. Then landlords and property managers need to provide a copy to the local housing authority if requested and within 7 days of that request.
The only acceptable rating is satisfactory and when received the landlord, etc., are said to be compliant with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.
What Happens When The Property Gets An Unsatisfactory Rating
The EICR will detail all satisfactory components as well as those needing improvement. Photos will be taken of those components needing repair and added to the report. The landlord or property manager will be given an estimate of the cost of those improvements and have 28 days from the date of the EICR to have the repair work conducted and brought up to compliance.
Why C&M Electrical Contractors?
As you know by now that EICR is an important document and cannot be ignored at any cost. And to get the EICR certification it is of utmost importance to get it done by a certified and experienced electrical contractor.
Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of every electrical service at your Leicestershire home.
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