Electricity, you cannot see it or smell it and the cables that carry it are usually hidden inside the fabric of a building. Consumer units, or fuse boards, are often tucked away in cupboards so it is not surprising that the condition of electrical installations are not checked for damage or wear and tear.
But faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes of electrical fires in the home. You can reduce the risk by having the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories checked regularly.
The five main aims of an electrical installation condition report are:
In general, there are two types of domestic electrical installation condition report:
Visual condition report – this does not include testing and is only suitable if the installation has been tested within the last 5 years
Full Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – this is what we would normally recommend, as we actually test the installation and would, therefore, find any damage / abnormal issues within the installation.
Your electrics should be inspected and tested as a minimum every:
Electrics should also be inspected when a property is being prepared for letting or before buying/selling a property.
Clear signs that can help you tell the age of equipment in the electrical installation in your home include:
However old your electrical installation is, it may get damaged and will suffer from wear and tear. So you should get an electrician to check its condition with regards to its safety for continued use.