What is an EICR report?
So, what is an EICR report? An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR certificate) is also known as fixed wire testing, periodic inspection report, Homebuyer’s Test, landlord safety test or Residential EICRs.
An EICR report allows you to gain a better understanding of the electrical safety of your home, and the state of the electrical installations within it, whether that be commercial premises or residential buildings.
Why are EICR reports essential?
You might be asking yourself by EICR reports are so important. Well, electrical mechanisms and installations can be affected by cracks, leaks and degradation. An EICR electrical certificate will highlight any problems, before they have a chance to cause damage.
General inspections are unlikely to holistically analyse the dangers and potential risks that have appeared throughout. Thus, it is better to keep in line with EICR electrical test procedures, to ensure that the existing installations are in good condition.
What is the purpose of an electrical installation condition report (EICR)?
An EICR electrical report is the official document produced after an inspection of a building’s electrical installation. If you’re asking yourself “how old is my electrical installation?” then it’s time you had it checked.
EICR reports cover everything from distribution boards to cabling and light fixtures. The report will detail the state of these elements to help ensure your premises are compliant with BS 7671, the national standard for electrical installations.
Do I need an EICR report?
From cafés to schools, care homes and factories, and all types of homes, all property owners need to make time for an electrical condition report and other essential safety checks.
There are two key types of EICR electrical test recommendations, so if your property falls into one of these categories, you will need to arrange an EICR:
1. Residential EICR certificate
A Residential Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is recommended for homeowners or landlords that require compliance with BS 7671. EICR electrical inspections will enable you to fix any problems before they have the chance to cause damage or injury.
Since 1st June 2020, Government regulations make it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to have their electrical installations tested every five years. For older electrical installations, more frequent testing is recommended. A Residential EICR certificate is suitable for:
EICR for Homeowners
For homeowners, we provide peace of mind and ensure safety within neglected areas. This means you are much less likely to experience occurrences such as blackouts or weak current, while also reducing the risk of fire and other electrical mishaps.
From a safety point of view, a domestic EICR is extremely important. Ensuring well-maintained electrics through an electrical condition report will add value to your home and prevent any last-minute negotiations if you ever decide to sell your property.
EICR for Landlords
Hexo Services provides high quality electrical testing for landlords to ensure safety for any property. This will help credibility, as an EICR landlord safety test helps you to give the best to your tenants.
You must demonstrate that the electrical installations in the home are in the best shape possible. It is a legal requirement for landlords to have a valid EICR electrical report – without one you are liable to prosecution. Take a look at our Landlords Prices page.
EICR for Builders
Whether you are a builder, architect, or engineer, it is better not to work on everything yourself, as negligence or mishaps often occur. It is advisable to commission EICR tests to make sure that the building you have erected is fully functional and in compliance with BS 7671.
Remember, a house needs to be in a safe, liveable condition for its occupants. To make sure everything is in place and works properly, an EICR test, along with an electrical installation condition reports (EICR), is the perfect way to demonstrate compliance.
EICR for Developers
Whenever you develop properties, attention must be given to the safety of electrical installations and mechanics. To make sure your developments are good enough for the market, and your customers, it is advised to perform an EICR test after you’ve completed your project.
Speak to our sales team to negotiate a special rate for large scale projects.
EICR for Property managers
As a property manager, you are responsible for your property portfolio. It is therefore essential for you to make sure the properties you manage are in good order to avoid tenants or customer complaints in the future.
Moreover, it can give you more bargaining power when you know for sure that everything is safe after an electrical condition report has been carried out.
EICR for Housing associations and councils
Housing associations and councils need to ensure members and tenants are safe at all times and that they comply with all legal requirements.
An independent EICR can help you to provide a sophisticated electrical installation and will arm you with the knowledge that your system is safe and reliable.
2. Commercial EICR certificate
A Commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) allows you to gain a better understanding of the state of the electrical installation inside your premises.
A Commercial EICR report might not always be mandatory, but it is important if you want to make sure that the electrical systems in your premises are safe and operating properly. Commercial EICR testing is used under the following circumstances:
Your building has aged
Depreciation and other problems, such as cracks and leaks, will 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. EICR testing 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 worse.
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!).
Performing a commercial EICR report with a one-year interval will radically reduce the risk of damaging the entire pool filter system.
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 issues, such as fires or blackouts.
The EICR electrical certificate may help to identify issues in the electrical system, thus preventing 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 it and these changes can cause errors in the electrical set-up present in the business unit.
Rapid or abnormal changes in electricity use may put pressure on the electrical system and cause problems including fires. Thus, EICR testing can warn you if the situation is deteriorating or needs work.
Do I need an EICR to make a property insurance claim?
In order to make a property insurance claim, you will need to ensure you have a valid EICR in place. Landlords and homeowners should check whether their insurance policy includes this requirement.
It’s best practice to have a full EICR carried out every five years, so it’s likely your insurance issuer will require you to keep up to date with EICR regulations. If in doubt, speak directly with your insurance provider.
What does an EICR entail?
Electrical installation condition reports involve various checks, from fuse boards or consumer units, through to the fixed wiring in the walls.
The test will ensure your systems are compliant and safe to use.
During the EICR certificate examination, we will identify any issues and provide a coded observation for each. These four codes range in severity and reveal any concerns that the testing engineer has discovered:
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.
The C2 code means there is a potentially dangerous defect with your system and urgent corrective work is required.
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 electrical installation could do with improvement.
The FI observation code highlights that further investigation into the system is required. This generally means our engineer has found something during the electrical safety report that needs to be looked at in more depth.
What if issues are found during the inspection?
If any issues arise during our electrical installation condition inspection, we offer a remedial service to get your business compliant quickly. This includes weekend and evening appointments, limiting disruption and business downtime.
Once repair works have been carried out, EICR testing will be carried out on the entire system again, to ensure the maintenance has been completed successfully.
Our supplementary services
Along with the five-year Electrical Installation Condition Report, we offer Custom Commercial Electrical Inspections and Testing, as follows:
- 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
How often should I get an EICR and how do I become EICR compliant?
So, how often should you get an EICR and how can you ensure you stay EICR compliant? We offer two types of services (or electrical condition reports) to help you stay on top of your legal and safety obligations:
Commercial EICRs are extremely important. Failure to keep your business premise safe could result in property damage, staff injury and costly business closures.
In order to be EICR compliant, by way of a satisfactory rated Commercial 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.
How often should a commercial EICR be carried out?
It is recommended to have a commercial EICR electrical certificate inspection every five years at least, or every 10 years at the most. 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.
Electrical installation inspection
To carry out Commercial EICRs reports, we will attend your property every five years, in order to inspect 100% of your electrical installation. Or we can 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.
When it comes to Residential EICRs, or electrical safety reports, you need to ensure you understand government guidance. Under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords have 28 days to arrange repair works.
For landlords with an extensive portfolio of properties, we can set up a schedule of remedial rates and thereby can complete remedial works on the same day. This reduces the number of bookings needed and minimises disruption for your tenants.
Is an EICR report a legal requirement?
You might be wondering if an EICR report is a legal requirement and asking yourself “how often should I get an EICR check?”. Well, Government regulations make it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to test their electrical installations every five years.
As for business owners, you must ensure your property is compliant with BS 7671. So, your regular electrical installation report will highlight any issues within your property, keeping you and your employees or tenants safe.
How long does an EICR certificate last for?
It is difficult to say how long EICR certificates last for, however, we generally recommend that an EICR is carried out every ten years, or every five for private rented properties. Your certificate will be valid for this time period.
How long does an EICR test take?
If you’re asking yourself “how long does an EICR test take?”, we typically advise that an EICR takes between three and four hours to complete. However, this all depends on the size and condition of the property, as well as the number of circuits that need to be tested.
Who can carry out an EICR?
So, who can carry out an EICR? The answer is, only ever a qualified professional. As EICR specialists, we can handle the booking of all types of EICR reports and electrical safety checks, regardless of building type. We can also organise any remedial works in a timely manner.
We offer EICR certificates in London and the South East, working with businesses and homeowners to ensure compliance. With our speedy remedial work and fast certificate turnaround times, you can sit back and let us take care of your electrics.
How much does an EICR certificate cost?
So, how much does an EICR certificate cost? For residential buildings, the cost of an Electrical Installation Condition Report is based on the size of the property, while a commercial EICR is priced around the number of circuits in the premises.
Finding electrical installation condition report costs is easy with Hexo Services. Visit our Prices page for a full breakdown of EICR costs, as well as PAT Testing prices and Fixed Wire Testing costs, or contact us to get a bespoke quote.
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All necessary precautions are taken and practised by our staff. So, if you’re looking for a quick and effective electrical installation certificate in the UK, look no further!
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