When is a EICR needed?
- Every 5 years for Commercial properties
- Every 3 years for Industrial properties
- Every 1 year for swimming pools
EICR testing must also be carried out:
- When a property is being prepared to let by a landlord
- Change of occupancy in a rented property
- Where there is reason to believe that damage has been cause to the building or installation e.g. fire or water damage.
Will testing cause a lot of disruption to the power?
We always advise our customers that the electricity will be turned on and off intermittently during the test.
Each circuit is isolated to carry out the test. Any circuit that cannot be switched off will be noted on the final report.
What does an EICR test look for?
As part of the testing, our engineers will test the electrical installation against the requirements of BS7671- Requirements for Electrical Installation (IEE Wiring Regulations). Specific issues that can be revealed through an EICR test include:
- Adequacy of earthing and bonding
- Areas of electric shock risk and fire hazards
- Faulty electrical works that could result in injury or long-term electrical system faults
- Provision of residual current devices (RCD)
Why do I need an EICR?
The purpose of an EICR is to make sure the electrical systems and installations within a building are safe, correctly installed, and well maintained.
How long does an EICR test take?
We generally allow 15 minutes per circuit which is approx 2 hours for a 2 bed house.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
An electrical inspection condition report (EICR) is an in-depth inspection of your property’s electrical systems and installation. The report assesses the competency of your electrics in 4 different categories:
- C1 – this indicates that a major danger exists, risk of injury is likely and immediate action is required.
- C2 – Potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.
- C3 – Improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that appears on a report and still passes the EICR test.
- F/I- unable to source issue. Further investigation is required.
Our Electrical InstallationTesting & Inspection service offered across Eastbourne & throughout East Sussex is also known as EICR or an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR), is a comprehensive inspection of your electrical installation.
Unlike businesses and landlords, homeowners aren’t required by law to conduct a periodic electrical test, although it is sometimes required as part of the buying or selling process.
We recommend asking for a valid electrical certificate before buying a property as no one wants an unexpected cost of substantially improving their new homes electrical safety.
Note: Insurance Companies will often require valid electrical certification when making claims on building or content insurance.