What is an EICR report?
So what is an EICR report? Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR certificate) is also sometimes 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.
Electrical mechanisms and installations can be affected by cracks, leaks and other types of degradation or renovation within a building. An EICR electrical certificate will highlight any problems before they become an issue.
Problems are not necessarily easy to spot, as 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 procedures to make sure that the existing installations are in good condition.
An EICR, or electrical inspection report, is a vital part of any building maintenance and will enable you to carry out remedial work on electrical problems, before they have a chance to cause damage or injury.
An EICR electrical report is the official document that is produced after a thorough inspection of a building’s electrical installation.
What is the purpose of an electrical installation condition report (EICR)?
EICR reports cover everything from distribution boards to cabling, light fixtures, plug sockets and switches. The report will detail the state of all these elements to help ensure your premises are compliant with BS 7671, the national standard for electrical installations.
From cafés to schools, care homes and factories, and all types of homes, all property owners should make time for an electrical condition report and these essential safety checks. There are two key types of EICR recommendations:
1. Residential EICR certificate
A Residential Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is recommended for homeowners or landlords that require compliance with BS 7671. A vital part of building maintenance, EICR electrical inspections will enable you to fix any electrical problems before they have the chance to cause damage or injury.
On 1st June 2020, new Government regulations made it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to have their electrical installations tested every five years. For an older electrical installation, more frequent testing may be 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.
Most importantly after an EICR check, you can rest assured that your family is safe.
EICR for Landlords
As a landlord, your credibility will be improved, 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.
Hexo Services provides high quality electrical testing for landlords to ensure safety for any property.
For safety and compliance, it is essential for landlords to have their properties inspected, and to obtain a satisfactory EICR electrical certificate. It is a legal requirement for landlords to have a valid EICR electrical report – without one you are liable to prosecution.
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 that your developments are good enough for the market, and especially specifically safe for your customers, it is advised to perform an EICR test after you’ve completed your project, especially if you’re developing blocks and estates. 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 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 – always prioritise electrical safety first for commercial systems.
Commercial EICR testing is used to help make safe buildings under the following circumstances:
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 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 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!).
Performing a EICR test 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 the unit. The 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.
What does an EICR entail?
Electrical installation condition reports involve various checks; at the fuse board or consumer unit, through to the fixed wiring in the walls that cannot be seen, to the plug sockets and light fixtures.
The test will ensure your internal systems are compliant and safe to use. During the EICR certificate examination, we will identify any issues and provide a coded observation for each.
Ranging in severity, these codes reveal any concerns that the testing engineer has discovered. The four observation codes that can be found during an electrical safety report 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 electrical 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 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 defect repair and remedial service, to get your business compliant quickly and efficiently.
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. 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 EICR check at a time that suits you and your business.
This includes weekend and evening appointments, so that you can limit disruption and business downtime.
How do I become EICR compliant?
So, 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, from both a safety and business point of view. 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.
It is recommended to have an EICR electrical certificate inspection every five years at least, or every 10 years at the very 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.
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 the latest government guidance.
Under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords have 28 days to arrange any repair work once an inspection has been carried out.
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 very same day. So, 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. Well, as of June 2020, Government regulations made it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to test their electrical installations every five years. For an older buildings, more frequent testing could be required.
As for business owners, you must ensure your property is well maintained and compliant with BS 7671, the national standard for electrical safety. So, your regular electrical installation report will highlight any issues within your property, keeping you and your employees or tenants safe.
Hexo Services – EICR specialists
As EICR specialists, we can handle the booking of all types of EICR reports and electrical safety checks, regardless of building type and can organise any remedial work necessary in a timely manner.
We offer EICR certificates in London and the South East, working with businesses and homeowners to ensure compliance and electrical safety for all.
Under current electrical safety standards, any issues much be rectified quickly. So, with our speedy remedial work and fast certificate turnaround times, you can sit back and let us take care of your home and your tenants.
How much does an EICR cost?
So how much does an EICR 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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