Domestic EICR Testing and Inspection

Old and damaged electrical fixtures are one of the leading causes of house fires. Conducting a domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) can reduce the risk of electrical mishaps and keep your entire household safe.

During an EICR, a qualified electrician will assess the condition of your switches, cables, sockets, and other electrical fixtures. This comes with identifying any defects in your current electrical system and providing the necessary recommendations to solve such issues.

Apart from ensuring your property is functional, obtaining regular condition reports can also save you money by solving issues before they accelerate and cause further damage.

Domestic EICR Testing and Inspection

When is an EICR needed?

Domestic EICRs should be carried out every ten years or whenever there is a change of occupancy. Residential properties that have swimming pools should be tested once every year.

If you think an electrical fixture is malfunctioning, schedule a competent electrician immediately. You do not have to wait until your next EICR is due before having a report published.

An EICR testing usually lasts a few hours to several days depending on the property’s size. For larger and more complex properties, EICR inspections can take weeks.

When is an EICR needed?

What does an EICR check?

  • - Efficiency of earthing and bonding
  • - Compatibility of the switchgear and control gear
  • - Serviceability of wiring system
  • - Any defect or deterioration on installations
  • - Functionality of all electrical fixtures including switches, socket-outlets, and wirings

The testing engineer will provide you with a comprehensive report once the test has been completed. It will detail any damages, defects and other hazardous conditions found within the property. The report will also include fixtures that do not meet current safety standards or might put people at risk.

An EICR report will detail specific fixtures that need repair. Damage is ranked using the following codes:

  • - C1 – “Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.”
  • - C2 – “Potentially dangerous. Urgent remedial action required.”
  • - C3 – “Improvement recommended.”

Should your EICR test come out with “unsatisfactory” results, do not panic. Focus instead on carrying out the necessary repair and maintenance as soon as possible.

What does an EICR check?

  • - Code C1 (\'Danger Present\') - Anybody using the faulty installation is at risk. A repair must be performed as soon as possible. A qualified person must ensure the installation will be safe to use moving forward.
  • - Code C2 (\'Potentially Dangerous\') - There is no immediate threat but the damage is likely to pose a threat in the future.
  • - Code C3 (\'Improvement Recommended\') –The damage may not present an immediate or potential danger but would result in a significantly safer environment if remedied.

Examples of Code C1 include exposed live wires that are accessible to human touch and conductive parts that have become exposed.

Examples of Code C2 include the absence or a reliable earthing, and when a metallic pipe is used for flammable liquids like gases.

Examples of Code C3 include the absence of a \'Safety Electrical Connection - Do Not Remove\' sign, and socket outlets mounted incorrectly.

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At Props Cert, we produce comprehensive property reports in 3.5 days from the date of order. Powered by a team of certified surveyors and state-of-the-art technology, our goal is to provide every single one of our clients the highest level of care and prompt service.

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What does an EICR check?

A periodic inspection must be carried out when selling a previously owned house, or if the property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

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