Full Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) from £149 + VAT

At Gas Safe, we specialise in carrying out Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) for domestic and commercial properties across the South West.

An EICR, which may also be referred to as a ‘Homebuyer’s Test’, ‘Landlord Safety Test’, ‘Periodic Inspection Report’ or ‘Fixed Wire Test’ inspects the electrics and wiring within your property for potentially dangerous faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards

In July 2020, legislation changed so that a valid EICR certificate is legally required for all privately rented properties at the start of a new tenancy or at renewal. For homeowners, an EICR inspection should be carried out every 10 years or when you move homes.

If you need an electrical installation condition report undertaken at your home or commercial premises – contact Gas Safe today for reliable and competitive electrical safety reports carried out by our NICEIC approved contractors.

Call now on Bristol: 0117 964 0078, Somerset: 01934 811 566 or fill out a callback request form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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    What is an EICR?

    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.

    What’s Inspected During an EICR?

    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:

    • Visual Inspection – A visual inspection is a series of basic checks to identify any noticeable signs of deterioration or damage such as damaged cables or scorch marks.
    • Dead Testing – Dead testing checks the continuity, insulation, resistance and polarity of the installation.
    • Live Testing – Live testing checks disconnection efficiency to ensure that the electrics can quickly shut down if required to prevent risks and minimise damage.
    • RCD Testing – RCD tests check the RCDs (Residual-Current Devices) which are safety devices designed to prevent fatal electric shocks and electrical fires.

    How Often Do I Need an EICR?

    The recommended frequencies for an EICR vary dependant on the type of property you own:

    • Landlords / Rental Property / HMOs – As of July 2020, landlords are legally obliged to have an EICR carried out once every 5 years and at the start of new tenancies by a qualified. Landlords must provide a copy to their tenants and local authority if requested.
    • Business Premises – Whilst there are no laws around frequencies for EICRs, as a business, you must keep your employees safe by law. For this reason, it is recommended that an EICR is carried out every 5 years or when you move premises.
    • Homeowners / Domestic Properties – If you are a homeowner, it is generally recommended that you have an EICR carried out every 10 years. Additionally, you should have an EICR carried out if you are selling the property or moving into a new property.
    • Leisure Centres – In leisure complexes, an EICR should be carried out every 3 years.

    An exception to these frequencies applies to any premises with a swimming pool where an EICR is required annually.

    EICR Observation Codes

    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:

    • Code 1 (C1)This means ‘Danger Present’ and indicates that there is a risk of injury. Remedial work will be required immediately.
    • Code 2 (C2)This means ‘Potentially Dangerous’ and indicates that it is likely to pose a risk in the future. Remedial work will be required immediately.
    • Code 3 (C3)This means ‘Improvement Recommended’ and indicates that whilst there is no immediate danger, the safety of the installation could be improved if remedied.

    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.

    What Happens After an EICR?

    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.

    Our EICR Process

    1. Contact

    After requesting a callback or getting in touch with one of our team, we will provide you with more information about our pricing and arrange a time to visit your premises to undertake the report.

    2. Test

    On the day, one of our NICEIC approved contractors will visit your premises and carry out the EICR. This includes a visual inspection followed by a series of electrical safety checks.

    3. EICR Certificate

    Following the EICR, you will be provided with a certificate outlining the overall condition of your electrics, using classification codes based on severity to highlight any elements of the installation that pose a risk.

    4. EICR Remedial Work

    As NICEIC approved contractors we can carry out any required electrical remedial work from fusebox changes to complete rewires to ensure your installation is safe before carrying out another report.

    EICR FAQs

    • Who Can Carry Out An EICR?

      An EICR must be carried out by a qualified electrician who is approved by a recognised regulatory body or scheme such as NICEIC.
    • How Long Does An EICR Take?

      This will depend on the size of your property. For a 3-bed house, an EICR can take up to 4 hours
    • Will You Need To Turn The Power Off?

      Yes, before working on the wiring we will need to turn the power off. We appreciate that this can be disruptive and are therefore flexible with working hours to suit your requirements.
    • Can You Carry Out Rewires?

      Yes, our NICEIC accredited electricians can carry all types of electrical work including full or partial rewires for domestic and commercial premises.
    • Are The Rules Different For HMOs?

      No, whilst the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations used to put duties on landlords around electrical safety, they are now covered by the new Electrical Safety Regulations meaning that they must have an EICR carried out every 5 years or at a change of tenancy.
    • How Long Is An EICR Valid For?

      A condition report is valid in line with the legally enforced frequencies. Note that just because you have a valid EICR, it does not mean that your installation is 100% safe until the next one is undertaken as problems may develop in the meantime.
    • How Much Does The Report Cost?

      The cost of a condition report will vary depending on the size of your premises. Our EICRs start from as little as £149 + VAT. Contact us today to get a fast and accurate quote.

    Book Your Electrical Installation Condition Report Today

    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).

    Give us a call now on Bristol: 0117 964 0078, Somerset: 01934 811 566 or fill out a callback request form below.

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