What is an EICR report?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is known under different names, with Electrical Safety Certificate being the most commonly used. EICR, which has in effect replaced the old Periodic Inspection Report, involves a thorough inspection and testing of the electric installation in your property before a detailed report on its condition can be issued.
As with time, electrical fixtures and wiring can deteriorate, they need to be inspected and tested at regular intervals, which may vary based on what type of property you have. The engineer’s job is to confirm that your electrical installation is safe and meets the BS 7671 standard of the Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations). This is the national safety standard for electrical installations, which all homeowners, landlords and business proprietors need to observe.
Why do you need an EICR?
Electrical inspections and EICRs aim at confirming that your property is electrically-safe for those who occupy it or use it. Various faults with your electrical fixtures can occur that can pose a life-threatening risk to people, such as a fire hazard or an electrical shock. A certified electrician can prevent this by performing regular tests on different components and fittings of your electrical installation. EICR determines that everything is installed and working as it should. In the case of any fault findings, the electrician will detail out all the recommendations for improvements and remedial work that is required in the report.
Therefore, regardless of whether you are a business owner or a homeowner, you’ll need to periodically check the condition of your electrical installation and get an Electrical Safety Certificate. On that note, an EICR is called-for every time when there is a change of occupancy in view, meaning new tenants are expected in your rental property, your home is put on the market or you’re about to buy a new house and the owner hasn’t got a recent electrical safety certificate. Other than that, the law requires that electrical safety inspections are performed at set regular intervals, which are different, depending on the type of property or on how the installation is being used.
Commercial electrical testing is required on commercial buildings for safety and efficiency, after a few years the usage on commercial buildings can be hard wearing on electrical installations and can cause damage and deterioration much quicker than in domestic buildings due to demand.
With more electrical appliances being used in offices, warehouses and other commercial properties it is more important than ever to make sure your electrics are meeting standard regulations. The testing that we carry out can be used for offices, restaurants, shops, bars, hair salons, communal areas, doctors or dentists surgeries, vets, etc.