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 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.
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:
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.
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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