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If you need to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out on a commercial or domestic property, we can help.

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If you want to know more about Electrical Installation Conditions Reports – Read on.

What is an EICR?

An electrical installation condition report is a document that is completed following a suitably qualified and experienced electricians overall assessment of the electrical installation at a property. Everything from the consumer unit, to sockets, light switches, lights, shower supply, cooker supply and more. These are all visually checked and tests are ran to make sure results fall within the 18th Edition wiring regulations.

Its easy to forget that you cannot see behind walls or under floorboards at cables that might have been poorly installed or some unseen damage. Large items of furniture easily hide sockets that might be damaged. Getting an electrical installation condition report will reduce the risks of electric shock and fires caused by electrical faults.

EICRs - all you need to know

If you are looking for a electrical contractor to carry out an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) you should make sure of a few keys items;
  • Registration with a trade body
    • Ours is with the NICEIC – Reg 610959
  • Insurance – public liability
    • We have an enhanced £10 million of cover
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Private rented sector registration
    • We are registered and you can check this through the NICEIC website
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We have a huge amount of experience in carrying out electrical installation condition reports for domestic, commercial and industrial properties. Over the last 15 years we have carried out thousands of inspections, identifying faults and potential risks. We then work with customers to bring electrical installations up to the required standards.

How often do you need an EICR done?

Domestic properties are split into 2 areas, whether they are owner occupied or rented out by a landlord.
Owner occupied;
  • Minimum should be every 10 years
  • Can be more frequent if you have had a floor or water damage
  • If there has been a fire in the property get it checked ASAP

Rented property;

  • minimum every 5 years – if its the same tenant
  • If the tenant changes then a new report should be carried out
  • Can be more frequent if you have had a floor or water damage
  • If there has been a fire in the property get it checked ASAP

Commercial property;

  • minimum every 5 years – this varies depending on the business type (see guidance note 3 – table 3.2 for recommendations)
  • Or change of tenancy

Industrial property;

  • Minimum every 3 years
  • Or change of tenancy

Other property types, you can also see guidance note 3 – table 3.2 for more information;

  • Swimming pools – minimum every 1 year
  • Cinemas – between 1-3 years
  • Leisure complexes (excluding swimming pools) every 3 years
  • Restaurant and hotels – every 5 years

The recommended frequencies between testing are recommended as a minimum. Most businesses will have a health and safety person who will carry out a risk assessment based on the properties usage and determine a schedule of works. If you need any help finding someone get in contact as we can refer clients to a number of health and safety consultants. 

Guide on how an EICR is done

Step 1
We will agree with the customer about times at which we can power down the installation and lock it off to safely test circuits. We will visually check the incoming mains supply,  check the cut out fuse, the connection to the meter and the connection from the meter to the consumer unit. We will take the front cover of the consumer unit off and check inside. 

Step 2
We will then carry out an inspection, this will verify the condition of switches, sockets, light fittings and anything else that allows a connection to the fixed electrical installation. Examples of items that might need replacing include older non fire rated downlights, broken or damaged sockets and switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, metal light fixtures attached to lighting circuits without an earth and sockets mounted in skirting boards are just a few examples.

Step 3
We will then also check the condition and type of wiring system. Older cables coated in black rubber, fabric or lead will need replacing with modern PVC cables. Some of these cables when used for lighting had no earth. We will test circuits that supply sockets for end to end continuity – meaning no breaks in the cable. We will also test circuits supplying power for outdoor electrical equipment to make sure that a suitable residual current device protects them properly.

Step 4
Our electrician will then put together the report, attaching pictures where possible. This is then processed and an Electrical Installation Condition Report is issued to the customer, this identifies any deterioration, defects or dangerous conditions. We will then issue a quote for remedial actions if any are deemed necessary. We will work with customers to answer questions on the installation and agree a timeframe to come back and rectify any issues. Once remedial actions are rectified we can then issue a new satisfactory report along with any electrical installation certificates and building control regulation certificates where required.

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What will an EICR inspect?

the image shows an incoming electrical supply and the meter from your energy supplier
Incoming power supply and meter
Shows an electrical consumer unit for a domestic property
Consumer unit
flush downlights for a house - white coloured

Common Report Names

household single light switch in white
Light switches
household double socket in white

Electrical reports have been known by various different names over the years, they are in essence the same thing but it depends on who you talk to. Here is a list of some of the most common we have heard;

  • EICR
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Electrical Safety Check
  • Electricians report
  • Landlord Electrical Check
  • Fixed wire test
  • Landlord Electrical Report
  • Electrical Safety Certificate
  • Periodic inspection
  • Hard wire test
  • Electrics Certificate