WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER AN EICR TEST?
However old your electrical installation is, it can be subject to damage and will inevitably suffer from wear and tear. Whilst it’s relatively easy to see any visuals signs of structural damage, electrical cables are much harder to identify – even though they could have deteriorated or become electrically unsafe over the years.
It’s a fact that faulty and old outdated wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires in the home and you can greatly reduce the risk of any dangerous hazards by checking the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories regularly with an approved EICR test.
An EICR, or Electrical Inspection Condition Report, is a comprehensive inspection of your property’s electrical systems. The detailed inspection is to assess and identify any condition, deterioration or defect which has the potential to result in danger. The primary aim of the EICR inspection is to determine if there are any serious issues with your electrical systems at home.
The inspection includes a visual check of the electrical systems as well as thorough interior and exterior testing incorporating dead testing live testing, and RCD testing some of which will need the power to be switched off for a short period of time whilst we conduct the tests.
Electrical Installation condition reports (EICR) are provided as an official and accredited document based on the overall quality and condition of your electrical installation which are issued by our qualified electricians after the full assessment has taken place. The duration of the inspection varies depending on the size and age of your property, the complexity of the property’s power systems, the number of circuits, and whether there are serious issues identified during the inspection.
The report will notify about the status of the EICR and will be based the condition of the installation.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
A basic oversight on Electrical Inspections.
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION INSPECTION FREQUENCY
All electrical installations deteriorate with time, so for that reason, we recommend that you get an electrician to check the condition and quality of your electrics at least every 3 to 5 years for continued service or when you move into a new property.
An electrical installation condition report should be carried out regularly and in accordance with BS7671.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRICAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE?
An electrical safety certificate is a detailed document issued by a qualified electrician to demonstrate that all electrical systems in a property are working effectively and therefore deemed safe to use.
The document will show all the checks and tests that have been carried out by the electrical inspector, and if needed it will also list any improvements that you need to make to ensure your home is electrically safe.
5 YEAR ELECTRICAL TEST LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
Homeowners are not legally required to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report, but neglecting electrical maintenance may affect insurance claims. When selling, buyers may request an EICR to show property upkeep. Landlords must have a valid EICR for new tenancies since July 1, 2020. Business owners need one to ensure safety and avoid legal consequences in case of electrical hazards.
WE OFFER OFFICIAL EICR TESTS AND ELECTRICAL SAFETY TESTING IN KENT AND THE SURROUNDING HOME COUNTIES. BOOK YOUR EICR TEST TO CHECK THE CONDITION OF YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS TO KEEP YOUR HOME ELECTRICALLY SAFE AND SOUND.
EICR TEST COST
The cost of our EICR tests varies depending on the size of your property, how many circuits you have and the age of your electrics as outdated and old electrical installations can take much longer to test. We offer a free site survey to locate and identify all the electrical systems and circuits in advance so that you have an accurate quotation based on your specific property and requirements.