There are several types of electrical surveys you can have at your property, and one of the most in-depth checks is an EICR service. But what’s involved with this type of electrical assessment, and who needs one? Here are your EICR FAQs answered.

What’s the purpose of an EICR?

The purpose of an EICR is to ensure your electrical installations and wiring is checked by a competent person so they remain in a safe condition. All electrical installations will degrade over time, so it’s one of the easiest ways to detect issues early, reducing the risks of electrical fires and shocks.

What does EICR stand for?

EICR stands for ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’, but this type of assessment has previously been called other names, such as a periodic inspection report (PIR) or fixed wire testing.

Are EICRs a legal requirement?

EICRs are mandatory for many businesses, and as of 2020, landlords in the private rental sector too. If you fail to meet your legal duties to keep up with EICR checks, it’s considered a criminal offence.

When is electrical testing needed?

Electrical testing should be carried out at regular points, such as every 5 years, depending on the type of property being assessed. However, you may need to book one sooner than expected if you have a new tenancy or an electrical accident or fire at the property.

What’s the difference between an EICR and an electrical certificate?

An electrical certificate is often the initial paperwork issued when an electrical installation is fitted. All inspections after this point will come in the form of an EIC report.

How often should you book an EICR?

EICR frequency depends on the setting. For example, landlords and businesses should have a new EICR every 5 years, but high-risk environments may require electrical inspections more frequently. You can read more about this in our expert blog – How often are EICRS required?

What does an electrical report show?

EICRs will detail the checks carried out and any findings, covering visual checks, circuit testing and other in-depth electrical assessments. Your EICR contractor will highlight any areas of concern with different codes and indicate when urgent action is required.

How long does an EICR take?

How long an EICR takes will depend on the property size and number of electrical installations to inspect. It will usually take several hours, but when you book your EICR, your contractor will suggest timings.

Does the power need to be turned off during electrical inspections?

Some electrical tests completed during an EICR assessment will require the power to be turned off to keep the inspector safe, although much of the testing is completed while the system is live.

Who should carry out an electrical inspection?

A skilled and competent professional should carry out your EICR, as they’ll check each installation against standards outlined in the latest IET wiring regulations. Look for a NICEIC-approved contractor to ensure safe work of the highest quality.

How can you book a new EICR?

If you would like to find out more about EICR services in London and Surrey, and get a free electrical assessment quote, contact DTEEC now.
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