Electrical Installation Condition Report EICR

What is an EICR

An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report, sometimes called a periodic inspection and test certificate or electrical safety check, is the document an electrician or electrical contractor will provide to say your electrical installation is safe for continued use.

An EICR report would identify any wiring defects and hazardous conditions within your electrical installation that could cause potential danger, along with details of recommended improvements.

Overloaded socket found on a faulty ring final circuit during an EICR in Nottingham

Overloaded socket found during an EICR in Carlton, Nottingham caused by cables overheating on a faulty ring final circuit

Do I need to have an EICR

If you have a property with electricity then YES whether it is a home, rental property or a business premises this is the only way to prove and document that the installation is safe for continued use.

Without an EICR, insurance companies may not pay out claims due to damage caused by electrical fires.

The cost of not having an EICR carried out by a competent electrician could be high.

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Dangerous wiring found on an electrical inspection in Sherwood, Nottingham. Heating flex found with connection directly to mains with no fuses fitted.

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When do I need to get an EICR

In a rental property it is recommended that an EICR is completed every five years, or when there is a change of tenancy.

You may be thinking of selling your property, potential buyers will often request an EICR.

Or when carrying out renovation work, it is necessary to assess the electrical safety of an installation if additional or alteration of existing wiring is necessary, an EICR will be recommended.

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A failed connection found at a shower isolator during an EICR in Thorneywood, Nottingham

Is an EICR required by law

The simple answer is YES,  as from July 2020. Landlords have had the responsibility to ensure that a tenanted property has an electrical installation that is safe for continued use.

If this is requested by the tenant, managing agent or local authority it should be delivered within 30 days.

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Thermal damage found inside a fuseboard during an EICR in Mapperley, Nottingham, overheating damage due to loose connection of conductor

What kind of properties require an EICR?

Electrical installation condition reports are required on all types of properties, whether it be a home or offices,shops factory, hotels, holiday lets including caravans will all need the correct documentation and certification to prove electrical safety.

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 healthy and safe, as far as is reasonably possible.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regularly prosecutes businesses which fail to protect employees from electrical injuries at work.

An EICR would help you fulfil your obligations by providing documented proof that your electrical installation has been thoroughly inspected.

This could be crucial in the event of an accident that is investigated by the HSE. 

 

A lack of earth contiuity at a class 1 light fitting led to the discovery of a damaged cable during an EICR in Sherwood,  Nottingham

What does an electrical installation condition report involve?

When the inspection and testing takes place in order to complete your EICR report the electrician will be looking at your electrical installation from the electrical supply intake to your meter, your earthing and bonding, what type of circuit protection and the condition of wiring and accessories.

This will comprise of visual inspections, and cable tests which will involve deenergising the electrical supply for the duration of the testing.

Any defects will be noted in the report and advice will be given where necessary.

The electrician may be at a typical residential property for 3 to 4 hours whilst carrying out the necessary checks in order to complete the report

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Exposed live terminations to a downlighter found during an EICR at a rental property  in Mapperley, Nottingham

What happens if my property fails an EICR?

If faults are found with the electrical installation they will be noted in the report alongside recommended actions to be taken to rectify the reported faults.

In some cases the only course of action that can be taken at the time is to disconnect a circuit if a dangerous situation is found or a cable/ accessory is found to be unfit for purpose.

Any faults found during the EICR requiring immediate action will be reported to the client right away.

A loose connection inside a shower found during an EICR  in Ruddington, Nottingham resulting in  heat damage to connections

How much does an EICR report cost?

The cost of an EICR electrical report varies depending on the property type. An EICR is a relatively low cost expense, to ensure electrical safety.

Here at Niman Electrical we try to keep the EICR report costs competitively priced.

How can I get an EICR in Nottingham?

Contact us at Niman Electrical,

we are always happy to help.