When was the last time you checked the condition of your fuse board? Are you confident that the wiring in your property is safe?
Most of us take for granted that everything is working fine with the electrics in our homes until something actually goes wrong and then we’ll get it fixed.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes of electrical fires in the home. You can reduce the risk to your property (and ultimately your family’s life) by having the electrics tested in your home at regular intervals by an electrician that is qualified to test. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations – BS 7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).
An electrical test (often referred to as a periodic inspection) will:
- Uncover whether any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Reveal any potential fire hazards and electric shock risks.
- Identify any defective electrical work.
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
At the end of the test, your electrician will issue you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
What is an EICR?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) looks at the condition of all the electrical installations in your home. By electrical installations, we mean, for example, the fuse board (consumer unit), wiring, plug sockets and light switches. In fact, anything connected to the hard-wired electrics.
The main aims of an EICR are:
- To record the results of the inspection and testing, making sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
- Find and report any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety
- Find anything concerning the electrical installation that does not meet the IET Wiring Regulations
- Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
- Provide a record of the installation at the time the inspection was undertaken and for any future inspections.
The report will detail any observed damage, deterioration, defects and dangerous conditions concerning the electrical installations in the property. It will also highlight any non-compliances with the current safety standards that could put you and your property at risk. If anything dangerous, or potentially dangerous, is found, the report will return an ‘unsatisfactory’ result, meaning that remedial action is required to ensure that the property is not deemed unsafe.
It is recommended that a periodic inspection and test be carried every:
- 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
- 5 years for a rented home.
- 3 years for a caravan
- 1 year for a swimming pool.
There are other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out, which are:
- When a property is being prepared for letting.
- Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
Elite Power are fully qualified to carry out periodic inspection and testing and to issue you with an EICR. Our chief electrical engineer and owner, Steve Christian, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and we are trusted by leading estate agents in the local area for the testing of their rental properties. They also recommend us to home buyers who need a test carrying out prior to purchasing a property.