All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. Therefore, they should be inspected and tested regularly to make sure they’re in an appropriate working condition. These safety checks are known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
An EICR will:
• Tell you if any of your electrical circuits are overloaded
• Find any potential electric shock risks or fire hazards
• Identify any faulty electrical work
• Highlight any lack of earth bonding to mains water and gas supplies
Tests are also carried out on fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe, with a schedule of circuits produced to provide the test results.
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
• 10 years for an owner-occupied 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.
Please feel free to contact us for further information about an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
Every year in Britain approximately 12,500 house fires are caused by faulty electrics and around 2,000 people suffer electric shocks in their home. These figures are from the NICEIC and highlight the vital importance for landlords and letting agents to have Electrical Installation Condition Reports carried out.
Despite there being no clear legal requirements to ensure electrical systems are fully certified, most insurance companies will insist on a current Electrical Installation Condition Report and most letting agents will require documentary evidence of testing before they can rent your property out.
Who should carry out the Electrical Installation Condition Report?
An EICR should only be carried out by trained and registered electricians. At Juice Electrical Services we check the condition of the electrics against the current UK standard BS 7671 Amendment 3 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).
Our inspection considers all the relevant circumstances and checks:
• The adequacy of main and supplementary earthing, as well as bonding and continuity of protective conductors
• The suitability of the switch gear and control gear
• The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards
• The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise, cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use a longer-lasting PVC insulation)
• Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD)
• The presence of adequate identification and notices
• The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration
• Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe condition
What happens next ?
We will issue an EICR detailing any damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard.
If any dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions are found, the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory'. This means that work needs to be undertaken immediately to rectify the issues and risks.