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Domestic EICRs

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 assess the condition of your switches, cables, sockets, and other electrical fixtures. They will identify any defects in your current electrical system and provide the necessary recommendations to solve such issues.

Getting regular condition reports can save you money by solving issues before they cause further damage.

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When is a domestic 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.

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.  

For large scale EICRs  they may be broken down into manageable blocks. This could mean 20% of electrical appliances are checked now and at later period an other 20% completed until 100% is complete over time. 

What does an EICR test check?

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

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.

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What do the EICR codes on the report mean?

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.

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.

EICR and PAT Test bundle

Many customers get a PAT test alongside their EICR. Our electricians can do both in one visit. Save time and money by combining services. Click below for more information.

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