An electrical installation condition report or EICR is an inspection of the electrical installation and wiring within a property to identify any faults and ensure compliance with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671).
Just like having your boiler serviced, an EICR ensures that your property is safe and alerts you to any electrical faults that are present or developing that could pose a risk to the occupants of the building.
An EICR can only be carried out by a competent and qualified person. For example, a qualified electrician registered with a recognised scheme such as NICEIC.
Following the test, the competent person will issue you with an EICR certificate detailing any potential dangers that were found. Dependent on the danger present, remedial work may be required before the test can be marked as satisfactory.
Throughout the inspection, several electrical components will be checked including the consumer unit (fuse box), sockets, plugs, lights, earthing & bonding and electrical cables. An inspection for an electrical safety certificate will consist of:
The recommended frequencies for an EICR vary dependant on the type of property you own:
An exception to these frequencies applies to any premises with a swimming pool where an EICR is required annually.
Throughout the safety tests, our electrician will record observation codes in line with the severity of the issue and the danger it poses. The classification codes that may be found on an EICR report include:
With observation codes C1 or C2 present on the electrical installation condition report, the report would be marked as ‘unsatisfactory’ and remedial work would need to be undertaken.
However, if only observation code C3 is found, the report would be marked as ‘satisfactory’. It would be the decision of the building owner to undertake remedial work for any issues marked as C3.
After the electrical inspection report has been carried out, you will be issued the results. If your property meets the standards, the report will be marked as satisfactory.
If parts of the installation present an immediate or future risk as per the EICR observation codes, the report will be classed as ‘unsatisfactory’ and remedial work will need to be carried out to bring the installation up to standard.
Be sure to keep your EICR certificate in a safe place as it may be requested by local authorities, insurance companies, tenants or new residents of the building amongst others.
If your property needs an electrical installation condition report carried out by an experienced and accredited contractor, we can help.
All of our EICRs are carried out by NICEIC approved contractors and completed in line with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671).