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By on 11/01/2017
An EICR is a form of electrical testing involving a thorough inspection of an electrical installation by a qualified electrician. It offers peace of mind that the electrics in a building are functioning correctly and operating safely, with the ultimate purpose of preventing electrical shocks or fires.
How often an EICR is needed depends a lot on the size of the installation and the purpose it is used for. Large factories housing industrial plant, for example, will need to be inspected more frequently than a domestic property. However, like most things, electrics deteriorate over time and need to be properly maintained. Other factors can also come into play, such as additional loads to the system, which may require a new inspection to be carried out sooner than planned.
Depending on the nature of the premises, an Electrical Installation Condition Report should be carried out at the minimum of:
- Domestic installations – every 10 years or at a change of occupancy
- Commercial installations – every 5 years or at change of occupancy
- Industrial installations – every 3 years
- Landlord-owned residential accommodation – every 5 years or at change of occupancy
- Offices, shops and laboratories – every 5 years
There are other buildings which may require more frequent inspection, such as caravans and swimming pools. The EICR Testing team are specially trained in periodic testing and electrical testing and can advise you of the best course of action depending on your circumstances.
For larger installations, it may also be possible to carry out the EICR in annual stages, providing there is a good service history of electrical maintenance.
Any faults which arise between inspections should obviously be investigated and repaired as a matter of urgency.
As well as the obvious benefits of safety checking, EICRs can have the added benefit of assessing the energy efficiency of an electrical installation and our engineers may be able to identify measures that would lead to reduced energy costs in the long term.
Contact one of our advisors now to find out more.