Commercial, domestic and landlord EICR testing, otherwise known as an Electrical Inspection Condition Report or periodic electrical testing, is a full-scale inspection of your electrical systems and installation. Mr.Electric boasts a specially-trained EICR team to conduct these inspections as part of our full package of electrical solutions.

Electrical installations are not immune to the process of ageing, deterioration and even general wear and tear. For this reason, an Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) should be conducted at regular intervals. An EICR will check if the property's electrics have any faults that cannot be identified through a visual check.

A number of faults may occur, such as electrical circuits being overloaded or overheating during use. If any electrical circuit is not properly installed, for example a lack of earthing or bonding to safely secure the electrics, it may potentially cause a fire or shock hazard. EICR testing will identify any defective electrical work within the system.  

A visual check can also be performed to give you a quick analysis of how safe your property is. This will look for broken sockets and light switches, damaged cables and scorching/ burn marks as a result of overloading the power outlet. It will also look at the RCD for the circuits that operate the bathrooms and gardens.  It is recommended that this visual check is completed at regular intervals in between the more in-depth EICR tests.  

Different premises need their EICR check at different times. For example:

  • A private homeowner - every 10 Years
  • A rented home - every 5 Years
  • A caravan - Every 3 Years 
  • A swimming pool - every year

Tests are also required when a property is being prepared for letting and before selling your property or buying another previously-owned property.

After the test has been completed, the testing engineer will produce a certificate for you. It will detail any damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. It will also highlight anything that doesn’t match the present day safety standards and things that might put people at risk.

Should the EICR test come back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory” meaning that the required work needs to be done, without delay, to remove the risk to those living or working at the property.  As well returning an "unsatisfactory" result, the report will detail which electricals system(s) failed the test. 

Work required is classified using the following codes:

  • C1 - 'danger is present', risk of injury is likely and IMMEDIATE action is required.
  • C2 - POTENTIALLY dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.
  • C3 - improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.  

FOR HOME OWNERS

When? Should be carried out every 10 years or at change of occupancy.

Who? Electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians.

What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger. 

FOR LANDLORDS

When? Must be carried out every 5 years or at change of occupancy

Who? Electricallycompetent persons, such as registered electricians.

What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.

FOR BUSINESSES

When? Must be carried out every 5 years or at change of occupancy.

Who? Electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians.

What? Detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.

BESPOKE SOLUTION 

Like most things in life, electrical installations will deteriorate over time. Broken sockets and damage to infrastructure and cables are common problems with electrical installations which have been left unmanaged, or were poorly installed to begin with. That’s why an Electrical Installation Condition Report is one of the best and fastest ways to get to the bottom of your electrical woes. The in-depth inspection will record dangerous deterioration, defects and damages, and suggest necessary changes to correct the problems.