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Electrical Installation Condition Reporting (E.I.C.R)


All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as Electrical Installation Condition Reporting (E.I.C.R) formerly 'periodic inspection and testing'.


An E.I.C.R will:


  • Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.

  • Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
  • Identify any defective electrical work.
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.

  • Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.


    How often is an E.I.C.R inspection required?

     

    Your electrics should be inspected and tested (as minimum) every:

  • 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
  • 5 years for a rented home.
  • 3 years for a caravan.
  • 1 year for a swimming pool.

  • Under certain circumstances these times may be shorter at the engineer's discretion


    Other times when an E.I.C.R. should be carried out are:

  • When a property is being prepared for letting.
  • Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.

  • We will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger, the NICEIC issue a set of standard reporting codes that you engineer will explain to you.


    If any dangerous or potentially dangerous condition or conditions are found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be 'unsatisfactory', meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.


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