Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

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What is an EICR? - Electrical Installation Condition Reports

Introduction: An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), also known as an 'Inspection & Test' or 'Landlords Certificate,' is a thorough examination of your electrical system's safety. Neutral Electrical Solutions presents this comprehensive guide to help you understand the significance of EICRs for both residential and commercial premises. Discover the two-stage inspection process, testing procedures, and the crucial role EICRs play in identifying potential risks and ensuring electrical safety.

Stage 1: Visual Inspection During the initial stage of an EICR, our approved qualified electricians conduct a meticulous visual examination. This involves inspecting all visible accessories such as sockets, switches, and light fittings. We also unscrew sockets and switches for a more detailed assessment. We will check for any non-conformities based on the current edition of wiring regulations (BS7671, Amendment 2, 2022). This includes identifying damaged or non-compliant fixtures, evidence of overheating, and damaged or incorrect wiring.

Stage 2: Testing The second stage of the EICR involves a comprehensive test of all circuits. Our qualified electricians perform several safety tests to ensure your electrical installation meets the required standards. These tests assess various aspects, including the structural integrity of cables, correct cable connections within sockets and switches, and proper earthing of the property/circuit. Additionally, functional testing of MCBs, RCBOs, and RCDs is conducted to ensure their proper operation (refer to our glossary and consumer unit guide for more information on these terms).

Why are These Tests Important? EICRs are vital for several reasons. They help identify faults in your electrical installation that may otherwise go unnoticed, posing potential shock risks for you and others. Poor and unsafe electrical wiring can also create fire hazards. Additionally, an EICR allows you to future-proof your home and mitigate potential risks and costly remedies, ensuring a safe living environment.

When to Get an EICR? It is highly recommended to obtain an EICR before purchasing a new property (except for newly built homes) and at periodic intervals based on the type of property. If you are planning major renovations, investing in an EICR can provide valuable insights into the condition of your existing electrical wiring.

Certification: Following the completion of an EICR, a detailed report is generated. This report provides comprehensive information about the condition of your wiring. Any identified defects are recorded with corresponding action codes indicating the necessary steps to be taken. Estate agents and solicitors typically require this report when buying or selling a property, emphasizing the importance of having an up-to-date EICR.

Stay informed and ensure the safety of your property by obtaining regular EICRs conducted by qualified professionals. 

Contact Neutral Electrical Solutions to schedule an EICR and safeguard your electrical system's integrity.

Disclaimer: The information provided in our guides section is intended for general informational purposes only. Professional advice should always be sought before undertaking any works. We reserve the right to make changes to the information provided in the guides at any time without prior notice. The use of the information in these guides is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable.