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Electrical Installation Condition Reports

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.

What is the aim of an electrical installation condition report?

The five main aims of an electrical installation condition report are:

  1. Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe).
  2. Find any damage, DIY alterations, wear and tear that might affect safety.
  3. Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the current IET Wiring Regulations.
  4. Help find anything that may cause electric shocks, high temperatures and fire
  5. Provide an important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.

Types of electrical installation condition reports

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.

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Inspection & Testing Intervals

Your electrics should be inspected and tested as a minimum every:

  • 10 years for an owned home
  • 5 years for a rented home
  • 3 years for a caravan
  • 1 year for a swimming pool / hot tub

Electrics should also be inspected when a property is being prepared for letting or before buying/selling a property.

How old is your wiring?

Clear signs that can help you tell the age of equipment in the electrical installation in your home include:

  • Fixed cables coated in black rubber (stopped being used in the 1960s).
  • Fixed cables coated in lead or fabric (used before the 1960s).
  • A fuse box with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of fuse boxes (used before the 1960s).
  • Older round pin sockets (or light switches), braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown (or black) switches, or sockets mounted in skirting boards (used before the 1960s).

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.

How much does it cost to carry out an EICR ?

To carry out thorough inspection & testing of the electrical installation within your property and produce the relevant report takes around 4-8 hours, prices start from £168.00 inc vat

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