Why EICR is a Lifesaver
EICR is a Lifesaver and Essential for Property Owners. Electrical system safety should be one of the first concerns for any property holder. Electric systems cannot be evaluated based on visual inspection alone. Many cables are in-built, hidden inside walls, so it is not easy to perform an inspection to check the condition of all electrical installations so safety measures can be fulfilled immediately. But there is a solution for this too, electric instalments can be tested for an Electrical Installation Condition Report to rule out electrical hazards and determine safety.
1. What is an EICR?
EICR or Electrical Installation Condition Report was previously and commonly known as periodic inspection test. It is also usually referred to as the Landlord safety test or a Homebuyer’s test. In simple terms, it is a document, formal and legal, which is the result of a thorough assessment of an electrical system of a property. The electrical installation test should always be carried out by a professional. EICRs are recommended to be carried out with frequent intervals as a safety measure. It is not an expensive process and suggested to be fulfilled annually.
2. Is an EICR absolutely needed?
There is no legal requirement for an EICR to be carried out, but it is required as proof of an electrically safe property. Many documents refer to EICR to satisfy their requirements. Prospective buyers may ask for EICRs as proof of safety measures. For rented properties, providing an EICR is a more straightforward method of proving that the electrical installation system is safe.
The EICR is an essential record of the installation at the time of an inspection, or in any case of damage if you have to claim insurance.
3. How is an EICR test performed?
The consumer unit, along with wiring and all electrical accessories are tested for faults or deviations from Wiring standards. To conduct an EICR test, always call a trained professional. Firstly, the electrical components of the property are disconnected from the main power source. Then a visual inspection is carried out to pick out any faults that can be visually viewed, followed by dead testing for electrical continuity, insulation, resistance and polarity. In the end, live testing is carried out to check the electrical installation thoroughly.
4. What is the test performed for?
The test is performed for the following purposes:
· To check electrical devices for protection against fire and electric shock injury.
· During the visual inspection, any damage to the wires, torn protective covers and naked wires are pinpointed.
· Any damaged wire, socket and other accessories are identified.
· The connections of electrical wires and the adequacy of Earthing and Bonding are checked.
· Finding any points under threat of electric shocks and high temperature resulting in a fire.
EICR is a lifesaver!
Many faults cannot be visually identified, and the test must be carried out thoroughly. The EICR shows the results of the test and guarantees that the electrical installation is safe until the next inspection and test. It should be re-issued after repairs if there are any to be made. Click on the links to find out more about our Commercial EICR or alternatively our Residential EICR
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