An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a periodic safety inspection report. We check the property’s fixed wiring to make sure your electric installations are safe. The main purpose is to identify outdated or unsafe wiring to prevent fires and electric shocks.
The tests are conducted by qualified electricians, like yours truly. It is highly recommended that you arrange an EICR inspection every ten years. For rental properties, one should be carried out every 5 years or if there is a change of tenancy.
Why do I need an EICR?
We don’t think about how we use electric power on a daily basis – until something goes wrong. At best, this can be a pain. At worst, it can be fatal.
As cables are often hidden inside walls or units, they are often not visible. It’s very easy to adopt an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude, meaning that we forget to check our electrical installations for damage or wear and tear. As a result, there’s a risk that problems aren’t identified until it’s too late.
Faulty or old wiring is one of the main causes of domestic fires. By organising an inspection, you can significantly reduce this risk, giving you the peace of mind that your cables, switches and sockets are in tip-top condition.
What is the aim of an EICR?
The 5 main aims of an electrical installation condition report are:
- To document the results of the inspection to ensure the electrical installations are safe, until the next inspection
- To identify damage/wear and tear that could compromise safety and have it reported
- To find components of the electrical installation that do not meet the IET Wiring Regulations
- To identify any appliances or objects that pose a safety risk (e.g. overheating or has the potential to cause an electric shock)
- Keep a record of the installation’s condition at the time of the inspection. This can be used in any future inspections.
To get a little taster of what an EICR involves, check out our video from an inspection in Ropley!
As you can see, the cabling on the wall was a standard twin and earth cable, which is most commonly used indoors. The neutral conductor was exposed due to deterioration from the weather. As the cable is not designed to be attached externally to a property, we urgently needed to install a UV protected cable and a protective conduit.
If you are due an inspection for your home or rental property, contact our friendly team today and we’d be more than happy to help you out.