Just like your car MOT - It is important, at regular intervals, that you ensure you carry out the necessary checks on the condition of the electrics in your home. Over a period of time, all electrical installations will naturally deteriorate.
This will help to identify if there are any faults or defects which could require improvement. And will ensure the safe operation of the installation going forward.
Electrical Installation Condition Report
An electrical installation condition report (EICR) will highlight any defects in your premises electrical installation. Including inadequate short circuit protection, damaged/outdated wiring, and faulty connections which may give rise to danger, along with observations for which improvement is recommended.
As a homeowner or homebuyer, you want the peace of mind that the electrics in your home are safe. Similarly, landlords with an awareness of their electrical safety obligations, undertake regular periodic inspections in relation to their rental properties.
It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every ten years (five for privately rented properties) or when there is a change of occupancy in a dwelling.
A visual inspection is a basic check to identify any visible signs of defects, damage or deterioration. No circuit testing will be performed; therefore, your electricity won’t be turned off during the inspection.
The purpose of an EICR (known as periodic inspection and testing), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.
We will need access to all of the rooms in your premises and everything unplugged. The report will typically take around 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the size of your property.
The Visual Inspection will detail a number of observations and recommendations (if any) and provide an overall summary of the condition of the installation.
Below is a check list of the things you can expect to be looked at during a visual inspection:
Consumer Unit (main fuse board)
Circuit protection / RCD protection
Earthing and bonding
External electrical safety
Light fittings / Light switches
Electrical cables and/or leads for:
Signs of wear and tear
Visible signs of burning/scorching
Extension leads & circuit overload
Afterwards the power is required to be switched off for the testing of circuits and verifying operation of the circuit protection devices.
Electrical installation certificate will be provided for inspection & testing new installations, or new additions to existing (new circuits).
Minor Electrical installation certificate will be provided for small additions or alterations (no new circuits).