Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)

Ensuring the safety of your home’s electrical system is vital, and a growing number of homeowners and tenants in the UK are taking proactive steps to achieve this. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an essential step in this process. But what exactly is an EICR, and what does it involve?

What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a detailed inspection that assesses whether your electrical system complies with UK Wiring Regulations (BS7671). It confirms that your electrical installations meet current safety standards.

EICRs are vital for all properties—rental homes, commercial establishments, and private residences undergoing regular inspections. They play an important role in maintaining electrical safety standards and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Why is an EICR important?

An EICR is important for several reasons, such as its ability to detect potential threats like electrical shocks and fire hazards safeguarding your home and its occupants. Furthermore, an EICR can help identify systems that may be inefficient, suggesting improvements that can save energy and lower electricity bills.

What does an EICR inspection involve?

An EICR inspection involves a comprehensive evaluation of a property’s electrical installations to ensure safety and compliance with current regulations. The process starts with an initial assessment, reviewing existing documentation and discussing any concerns with the property owner.

A fully licensed electricians then conducts a visual inspection to assess the condition of wiring, fixtures, and fittings, looking for signs of wear, damage, or non-compliance. Testing follows, including checks for circuit continuity, insulation resistance, polarity, earth fault loop impedance, and RCD functionality.

Defects are categorized by severity, with immediate actions required for dangerous issues (C1), urgent actions for potentially dangerous issues (C2), and recommended improvements (C3). A detailed report is then prepared, documenting findings, observations, and recommendations for necessary remedial work. If issues are found, remedial work must be completed, followed by a re-inspection to ensure compliance.

How Often do you Need an EICR?

The frequency of Electrical EICR solely depends on the type of property and its usage of the electrical installations:

  • For rental properties in the UK, an EICR is legally required every five years or
    at the start of a new tenancy.
  • Commercial Premises: Recommended every 3 to 5 years due to higher usage and wear.
  • Domestic Properties: Whilst domestic properties are not legally required,
  • Homeowners should consider an EICR regularly, especially for older homes or after major electrical changes.
  • Changes in Occupancy or Use: An EICR is recommended whenever there’s a
  • Change in occupancy or significant electrical alterations.
  • Specific Industries: Some sectors have their own guidelines, requiring more frequent inspections.

Types of Condition Report

There are two different types of Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) that can be conducted depending on the condition and use of the property.

  1. Visual condition report – this is only appropriate if testing has recently been completed on the installation as this includes no testing.
  2. Periodic inspection reports: these are what we would recommend as they test the installation and reveal any concealed deterioration.

How to get an EICR Certificate?

Look for a certified and qualified electrician, like Burge Electrical. The electrician will conduct the inspection and provide a report detailing any defects or hazards, categorised by severity. If issues are found, remedial work must be completed to ensure the installation is compliant. A follow-up inspection may be required to verify compliance.

How Much Does an EICR Cost?

The cost of an EICR certificate can vary depending on several factors including the size of the property, its location, and the complexity of the electrical system. Here’s a rough guide to typical costs:

  • One-bedroom flat: £100 – £150
  • Two to three-bedroom house: £150 – £200
  • Four-bedroom house and larger properties: £200 – £300 plus

By obtaining in an EICR, you ensure the safety and efficiency of your electrical system, providing peace of mind for both homeowners and tenants. For more information on quotes or to schedule an EICR, contact Burge Electrical today.

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