What is an EICR report?
A Commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is also known as a fixed wire testing or periodic inspection report. It allows you to gain a better understanding of the state of the electrical installation inside your premises.
A vital part of commercial building maintenance, an EICR will enable you to fix any electrical problems before they have a chance to cause damage or injury. The main Commercial Inspection and Testing Service we offer is the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). An EICR is the official document that is produced after a thorough inspection of a building’s electrical installation has been carried out. EICR might not always be mandatory, but it is particularly important if you want to make sure that the electrical systems in your business premises are 100% safe and operating properly.
What is the purpose of an electrical installation condition report?
Covering everything from distribution boards, cabling, light fixtures to plug sockets and switches, the report will ensure your premises are compliant with BS 7671, the national standard for electrical installations. From cafés to schools, care homes and factories, all business owners must make time for these essential safety checks.
How can EICR help?
There are a lot of things that can make your building unsafe that an EICR can help with:
Your building has aged
Depreciation and other problems such as cracks and leaks will definitely affect your commercial property. Such changes in the structure can also impact the state of the electrical system in your building. These changes are often neglected as they were deemed minor changes to the property and will not necessarily be noticeable. EICR can help you identify which parts need fixing in areas that might have previously been overlooked. Catching a problem early helps prevent it from getting bigger later.
Buildings with unique features
Say that you have a swimming pool. As you know, a swimming pool also has an electric-powered mechanism that could malfunction when the pool leaks water (and it happens often!). Using EICR with a 1-year interval will radically reduce the risk of damaging the entire pool filter system.
Mishandling of Electricity
All properties face the risk of vandalism that could make the electrical system malfunction. Even when it has been fixed, it is prone to further mishandling. There is a big chance that it might cause unwanted occurrences such as a fire or blackout. The EICR may help to identify issues in the electrical system in order to prevent future risks.
People come and go, especially if you are a landlord or building owner. People who are using your property might have different ways of working within the unit. The changes can cause an error in the electrical mechanisms present in the unit. Rapid or abnormal changes in electricity use may put pressure on the electrical system and cause problems including fires. Thus, using EICR can warn you if the situation is still all right or needs work.
How is EICR carried out?
If you own a building, even a small-sized premises, it can be beneficial to get an EICR. Yes, you might hear people say that it is not required legally and is not mandatory in some places but insurance companies will not cover you without a valid EICR. Accidents can be prevented if you actively check everything yourself, but isn’t the comfort of feeling safe, secure, and compliant worth it? Furthermore, EICR is often not that expensive to be carried out! Compared to other services such as cars, EICR has cheaper rates with direct benefits to your building, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that everything’s safe and sound.
Without EICR, we are prone to human error or negligence, which could later impact the state of your property. The damage could range from minor annoyances such as unstable electricity to higher degree dangers such as sparks of fire without us noticing it.
For the EICR, you will be given an in-depth list of coded observations, revealing any concerns that the testing engineer has discovered. Ranging in severity, the four observation codes are:
Code C1: The most severe observation code, C1 means danger is present, there is an immediate threat to the integrity of the building and the safety of those who occupy it. Fast action is mandatory
Code C2: C2 means there is a potentially dangerous defect with your system and urgent corrective work is required
Code C3: Code 3 is a lower-level code defined as ‘Improvement Recommended’, which means a non-regulatory issue has been identified or an element of the installation could do with improvement
Code FI: The FI observation code highlights that further investigation into the system is required. This generally means our engineer has found something that needs to be looked at in more depth.
How to get a good EICR
In order to achieve compliance by way of a satisfactory rated EICR, you will be required to repair any C1, C2 and FI faults immediately. But rectifying all errors, even low-risk issues, is considered best practice. At Hexo Services, we are experts in such matters. As one of the signature services we offer, our specialist engineers are trained to provide comprehensive commercial inspections and testing for business and industrial premises.
To carry out a Commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report, we will attend your property every five years, in order to inspect 100% of your installation. We can also attend once a year to test 20% of the wiring, across all of the distribution boards in your property. This means that every five years, all of your wiring and circuit accessories will have been inspected, and every 12 months we will have visited every distribution board, which is essential from a safety aspect.
What if issues are found during the inspection?
If any issues arise during our inspection, we offer a defect repair and remedial service, to get your business compliant quickly and efficiently once again. Once repair works have been carried out, the entire system will be examined again, to ensure the maintenance has been completed successfully.
Areas where supplementary services are offered:
- Labelling and identification of circuit accessories (switches, sockets, isolators etc.)
- Identification and labelling of distribution boards
- Labelling and identification of sub-main and main cables
- Distribution layout schematic
- Earthing layout schematic
Along with the five-year Electrical Installation Condition Report, we also offer Custom Commercial Electrical Inspections and Testing. At Hexo Services, we can complete your inspection at a time that suits you and your business. This includes weekend and evening appointments so that you can limit disruption and business downtime.
Ensured COVID-19 Protocols
Every service that we offer is performed with care and attention. In compliance with COVID-19 protocols, we are trying our best to make sure that we only bring peace of mind and ease to your business. All precautions are taken and practised by our staff.