An electrical installation certificate report is required because all electrical installations deteriorate over time. It is recommended that they be inspected and tested every 3 to 5 years. Such electrical safety checks are commonly referred to as “periodic inspections” or “reports about the electrical installation”.
On your EICR Report London of the electrical installation, it will inform you if your electrical installation is “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory”. The outcome depends on the installation and can be explained if you need more information after receiving the EICR report.
Trade Facilities Services offers all kinds of electrical safety certificates. We work with landlords in Essex and London. Trade Facilities Services can electrically test both household and commercial real estate.
We strive to provide access to qualified electricians for all types of electrical safety certificates and tests. We offer a full range of electrical compliance services to ensure that your property always falls within the correct range of work. So you don’t have to worry about the consequences of not having the right paperwork.
With the help of an EICR (state status report electrical installation) you will find out:
- If electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Potential electrical shock and fire hazard.
- Identify defective electrical work.
- Mark any lack of grounding or bonding.
Electrical tests are also performed on wiring and fixed electrical items to ensure that they are safe. A circuit diagram can also be provided, which can be a great asset to a home.
What are the types of EICR reports?
In short, there are two types of EICR reports:
- Visual condition report – This does not include testing and is only suitable if the installation has recently been tested.
- Periodic inspection reports – This is what we would normally recommend, because it would test the installation and find hidden damage.
What is the primary purpose of an EICR (Condition Report Electrical Installation)?
There are many reasons why a householder asks for an EICR, and generally they are highly recommended if proof is needed to prove that an electrical installation is the safe age of the installation (the older the installation is , the more often an EICR must be worn from).
- Property type – If the property has a swimming pool, the recommended interval between an EICR is one year. However, only parts of the installation that relate to the swimming pool should be assessed.
- Environmental conditions.
- Misuse of the installation such as
- Change in the use of the domestic buildings. This can be a change of occupancy rate in rental properties, or the property that is being prepared to be sold, or the property that is being purchased. It is highly recommended that an EICR be carried out with every change of occupancy in rental properties to confirm that the property remains electrically safe. Similarly, applying for an EICR for a property that is purchased is the best way to find out if work on the electrical system needs to be performed.
- All concerns that the resident has about the state of his electrical installation.
How often do you have to run an EICR report?
- The IEE recommends the following maximum time between inspections and tests:
- Household installations – 10 years or change of occupation
- Commercial installations – 5 years or change of occupation
- Industrial installations – 3 years
- Living space – 5 years or change of occupancy
- Offices, stores and laboratories – 5 years
Our EICR report To-Do checklist?
Here is a list of things that we “recommend” you do before an “electrician” is present at Trade Facilities Services. It ensures that you are prepared for your EICR certificate or an electrical inspection & test:
- Ensure that the electrician has full access to the consumer unit; all items must be removed before the test starts. This could cause delays and lead to additional costs.
- A rough estimate of the height of the consumer unit / Fuse Board is preferred. This must come from the customer to determine the size of ladders. This is for access purposes of the electrical installation.
- Ensure that the installation is live when the electrician arrives. E.g. there is reading on the electric meter; this is to ensure that the system is live.
- It is recommended that you visually inspect your property. This is to provide information about broken fixtures and fittings. This information must be passed on to the “electrician” upon arrival.
- All equipment must be disconnected before the test. For example: TVs, refrigerators and washing machines.
- If possible, ensure that the consumer has the correct labels to identify the circuits. This can lead to further costs or a full EICR certificate that cannot be presented.
- A complete test may not be performed if various problems, recommendations or hazards are present in the early stages of the visual inspection. This is so that we can get the installation to a recommended standard before we complete the EICR report and the inspection.
- Provide any previous EICR reports or periodic inspection reports. This gives us an idea about the history of the electrical installation.
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