The Electrical Installation Report (EICR) is a document which shows the state and present condition of any electrical installation within a particular location. The report is also commonly known as a periodic inspection, landlord electrical certificate, or home condition reports. The process of carrying out a periodic inspection is highly essential because installations, appliances and electrical devices naturally wear out and deteriorate. To prevent unexpected fires and accidents, you should carry out periodic inspections at regular intervals.
The report can only be issued after a full periodic inspection and testing process has been carried out. The process has to do with tests such as electrical tests and virtual inspections of the installation. In simpler terms, EICR is a report which shows that an electrical installation has been perfectly carried out.
The findings from the testing are usually presented in a neatly organised manner. The report is averagely 8-9 pages long and at the end of the document, there’s a declaration which summarises the state of the electrical installation as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
How Often Should EICR be Carried Out?
Depending on what the installation is, how often it is being used, and the surrounding environment, the frequency of a periodic electrical testing varies from 1-5 years.
Most commercial businesses carry out the periodic testing every five years. However, a deterioration in the condition of the installation would mean that they need to conduct the testing at shorter intervals. This means that if you were operating at a 5-year interval, but noticed a deterioration in the installation, then you need to carry out an EICR more often.
Most workplace environments require a new Electrical Installation Condition Report to be showed every 5 years. This doesn’t mean they won’t carry out annual routine inspections. Routine inspections are necessary, and are not to be substituted for periodic inspections.
In restaurants, hotels, educational institutions, places of worship, offices, retail outlets, homes, and apartments, a 5-yearly fixed EICR is required. However, in places which typically have a high level of exposure to dust, heat or moisture, they are required to carry out their periodic testing every one to three years. This is because they are more prone to dust and other factors which are likely to affect them.
Who Should Sort Out an EICR?
Typically, it is the landlord’s duty to ensure that an EICR is carried out. The landlord can either choose to carry out the periodic testing every 5 years or at the start of each tenancy. The landlord must also have evidence to show that a registered electrician carried out the testing. There have been cases of electricians stating that an installation was satisfactory, only for the same Installation to result into electrocutions and fires. This is why for an electrician to prove his competency, he has to have at least a level 3 periodic qualification. This proves that he is experienced and qualified, reducing the risk of such installations and ensuring safety.
How Much Does an EICR Cost?
This also depends on where the location is, how old the property is, and how much testing is required. The cost of carrying out a periodic testing basically varies from one place to the other. For one-bedroom flats, EICR costs £120 while a five-bedroom house costs £300 to carry out a standard periodic testing.
In Leicester, if one wished to insure a property, insurers usually require an EICR report before they can proceed with the insurance. For a 2-bedroom flat in Leicester, EICR reports usually cost between 100-250 pounds.
Before one can get an EICR in Leicester, one needs a team of experts to carry out a complete testing. These experts are the ones who will ascertain that the property is safe and is not dangerous. They are the ones who test every appliance and Installation, seeking for anything out of place and monitoring the slightest reaction of these installations to normal situations. Their experience allows them to know what to look out for while conducting an EICR. It also helps them pay closer attention to the installations than other electricians without adequate experience might do.
What Will the Testing Involve?
The periodic testing involves fixed appliances and wiring, such as plug sockets, fuse box, and light fittings. Equipment and permanent fixtures such as extractors and showers will also be inspected.
The electrician will ascertain if there are any overloaded installations. He will also find out if there are any fire hazards or likely risks from the electrical installations. Electrical appliances such as televisions, cookers, are not covered by the periodic testing.
The Final EICR Report
Landlords are usually required to obtain a report from the electrician in charge of the inspection. The test explains final outcomes and shows if more work such as remedial work is required. The report is to be submitted to the tenant within 28 days of the test.
Inspectors carrying out the test have certain codes they use to classify whether an installation is safe or if it requires urgent attention. Code 1 means “Danger Present.” While Code 2 means the Installation has potential risks.
Areas Where We Provide EICR Service
C & M Electricals provides Electrical Installation Condition Reports in areas across Leicestershire. Some of the areas are Clarendon Park, Knighton, Stoneygate, Aylestone, Westcotes, Winston, and Leicester City Centre.
The document will show that all installations are truly working as they should, helping you to prevent accidents and fire hazards. Your home should be the safest place for you, and what better way to make it safe than to carry out a periodic testing? This way, you can rest assured knowing that everything’s working correctly and you’re not in danger.
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