Electrical Installation Condition Reports
Niman Electrical Services are highly experienced in EICR testing and our commitment is to offer a good quality, honest and competitively priced EICR certificate to all our customers in Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough, Newark, Mansfield and surrounding areas.
Our EICR prices start at £120
What is an EICR
An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report, also known as a periodic inspection and test certificate or landlords electrical safety check. This is the formal documentation an electrician or electrical contractor will produce and issue to you, the homeowner, with the inspection and testing results as proof that your electrical installation is safe for continued use.
Overloaded socket found during a Nottingham EICR in Carlton caused by cables overheating on a faulty ring final circuit
What is done during an EICR
During an EICR report, electrical inspections and fixed wire testing will be carried out to identify any cable deterioration, defective wiring and hazardous conditions within your electrical installation that may pose a risk of potential danger, along with details of recommended improvements to your wiring system.
After an EICR in Nottingham we will if necessary, provide a competitive quote for any remedial works identified during the electrical checks, once the inspection and testing process has been completed.
Dangerous wiring found on an EICR electrical inspection in Sherwood, Nottingham. Heating flex found with connection directly to mains with no fuses fitted.
Do I need to have an EICR certificate
If you have a property with electricity then the answer is YES whether the building is used as a home, rental property or a business premises, having an EICR certificate is the only way to prove and document that the electrical installation is safe for continued use.
Without a valid EICR, insurance companies may not pay out on claims due to damage caused by electrical fires.
The cost of not having an EICR report carried out by a competent electrician could be high.
If buying a property it is not mandatory to have an EICR but it may be required by some lenders and insurers.
With any average of five house fires a day being caused by faulty electrical wiring it would make sense to have your electrical wiring thoroughly inspected before moving in to a new property.
A failed connection found at a shower isolator during a Nottingham EICR in Thorneywood likely cause of overheating from a loose connection at the neutral terminal.
How often does an EICR need to be done?
In a rental property it is now a mandatory requirement that an EICR report is completed every five years, and it is recommended but not compulsory after a change of tenancy.
You may be thinking of selling your property, a potential buyer will often request an EICR certificate when purchasing a property.
Or when carrying out renovation work, it is necessary to assess the electrical safety of an installation if any additional electrical circuits or alteration of existing wiring is necessary, an up to date EICR will be recommended.
Thermal damage found inside a fuseboard during a Nottingham EICR in Mapperley, extensive thermal damage caused by a loose connection of a conductor at the fuse terminal. Cable insulation charred as a result of overheating.
Is an EICR required by law
The simple answer is YES, as from July 2020. Landlords have had the responsibility to ensure that any tenanted property has an electrical installation that is safe for continued use.
If an electrical installation condition report is requested by a tenant, managing agent or local authority it should be delivered within 30 days.
Exposed connections found during an EICR in Sherwood, Nottingham. Electrical terminations are unsafe without the protection of an enclosure
What kind of properties require an EICR?
Electrical installation condition reports are required on all types of properties, whether it be a home or office, retail unit , factory, hotel and holiday lets including caravans will all need electrical inspection and testing to provide the correct legal documentation and electrical certification to prove electrical safety tests have been performed.
Damaged conductors found on an EICR in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Rodents had chewed through loose cabling behind kitchen kickboards. Low insualtion readings were found on the kitchen ring circuit which warranted further investigation
Having an EICR certificate would help you fulfil your obligations as a landlord or duty holder by providing you with the official documented proof required to show that your electrical installation has been thoroughly inspected and tested by a qualified electrician.
This could be crucial in the event of an accident that is investigated by the HSE.
A lack of earth continuity at a class 1 light fitting led to the discovery of a damaged cable during a Nottingham EICR in Sherwood
If you have a business premises, according to the Health and Safety Act 1974, it’s the duty of every employer to make sure their employees are provided, as far as is reasonably practicable, a safe working environment.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regularly prosecutes businesses which fail to protect employees from electrical injuries at work.
Thermal damage found at a socket during a Nottingham EICR in Bakersfield. This was caused by a faulty plug on a Beko tumble dryer
What does an electrical installation condition report involve?
When the necessary inspection and testing takes place in order to complete your EICR report the electrician will be undertaking an electrical safety check of your electrical installation from the main electrical supply intake to your meter, the earthing and bonding, the adequacy of the circuit protection and the condition of all electric wiring and accessories.
This will comprise of visual inspections, and cable tests which will involve deenergising the electrical supply for the duration of the fixed wire testing.
Access to the consumer unit will be required and the consumer unit cover will need to be removed during the electrical installation testing procedures, electrical terminations will be inspected for signs of damage, and all electrical connections will be torque checked.
The circuit protection fitted in the consumer unit will be assessed for adequacy to protect the cables in each circuit.
Electrical sockets, switches and appliance connections will need to be accessed for integrity, suitability and electrical safety and some will be dismantled during the visit to allow for the inspection and testing of each final circuit.
A lack of RCD protection to cooker and lighting circuits found during an EICR in Mapperley
The items inspected during an EICR are as follows:
1. Intake Equipment - The main incoming supply (Visual Inspection only)
Any defects will be noted in the report as an observation and advice will be given to the client where necessary.
Observations are coded C1, C2 or C3.
An explanation of EICR observation codes can be found here
What are the electrical tests carried out during an EICR
There are a number of different types of fixed wire testing carried out by the engineer during the EICR.
Some tests will involve deenergising the electrical supply for the duration of the fixed wire tests
The schedule of electrical testing on an EICR is as follows
This is a test of the resistance of the earthing conductor for the value of Ze
Installation Earth Electrode Test
This is a test of the resistance of the earthing conductor using an earth rod for the purpose of earthing
Prospective Fault Current Test
This test is performed to find the potential fault current to Earth Ipf
Continuity of Earth Conductors
This is to verify the connection of the main earthing conductors
Continuity of Circuit Protective Conductors
This is to check all circuits have a circuit protective conductor and there is continuity to each final circuit where required
Continuity of Ring Final Circuits
Where ring final circuits are used the continuity of ring final circuit conductors will be tested from end to end
Continuity of Protective Bonding Conductors
There will be a test carried out to prove continuity of protective bonding conductors to earth
Voltage testing will be carried out on all final circuits and distribution circuits
Tests will be made to prove the integrity of the cable insulation
Polarity of Live Conductors
The polarity of the supply and all final circuits will be checked before and after power is energised
Earth Fault Loop Impedence
The earth fault loop impedence tests will be carried out on all distribution and final circuits
Residual Current Devices
RCDs and RCBOs will be tested for functionality
Arc Fault Detection Devices
AFDDs will be tested for functionality
All the test results willbe recorded in the schedule of test results section of the EICR and the defects found will be recorded in the observations
Exposed live terminations to a downlighter found during a Nottingham EICR in Mapperley
The electrician may be at a typical residential property for 2 to 4 hours whilst carrying out the necessary inspection and testing in order to complete the EICR condition report.
What happens when the EICR is completed
Once the inspection and testing is complete, the report will be processed with photographs and advice of any defects found
Once the report is mastered and payment is received, a PDF of the EICR report will be sent to your email.
Paper copies are available at an extra charge.
What happens if my property fails an EICR?
If any faults are found with the electrical installation they will be noted in the EICR report as observations alongside recommended actions to be taken to rectify the reported faults.
It may be possible to correct some simple defects found during the inspection and testing procedures, although in some cases the only course of action that may be taken is the isolation or disconnection of an electrical circuit if a dangerous condition is found or a cable/ accessory is discovered to be unfit for continued use.
Any faults found during the EICR inspection and testing requiring urgent action will be reported and notified to the client immediately.
A loose connection inside a shower found during an EICR in Ruddington, Nottingham resulting in heat damage to internal connections
How much does an EICR report cost?
The cost of a domestic EICR electrical report varies depending on the property type and size of the installation.
Our domestic EICR price starts at £120, a very competitive price for a fully comprehensive detailed EICR report
An EICR is a relatively low priced expense, to ensure electrical safety in the home.
Here at Niman Electrical we try to keep our Nottingham EICR certificate cost competitively priced and offer fixed prices wherever possible.
Please contact us for a quote for multiple EICR reports or for larger property sizes
How can I get an EICR certificate near me in Nottingham?
Contact us at Niman Electrical,
we are always happy to help.