An electrical inspection report (EICR), is an inspection of your property’s electrical systems and installation. Qualified engineers and electricians conduct these tests, and the primary purpose of an EICR is to guarantee enough safety of the residing occupants and that they are not vulnerable and susceptible to shocks and fires.
Who needs an EICR in London? Whether it’s your home, business or the house you’re renting, our team here at Hexo Services has you covered. Your electricals should always be covered by an up to date Electrical Condition Report. Although it’s not a legal requirement to have an EICR, it is recommended you have an EICR inspection carried out every 10 years for your home or five years with a change in tenancy.
Why Do I Need an EICR?
In many cases, you cannot see the cables and wires in your home, as most of the cables are hidden in the walls of your home. Commonly, we often forget to check the conditions of these wires to see if there are loose wires that need replacement. Faulty and worn out wiring is the leading cause of most electrical fires in homes, that leads to damage of property and in some cases loss of life.
You can significantly reduce the risk of these electrical fires by having qualified inspectors check your cables, switches, sockets and to make sure they are in the best condition.
What is included in an EICR Test?
There are generally two types of EICRs:
1. Visual Condition Report
The electrician or engineer will survey the electrical installation in your home before they go ahead with the electrical testing. The inspection will expose broken devices, or overloading and heating problems.
2. Periodic Inspection Report
This is the safer option of the two. It is more comprehensive than the visual condition report and will test all your installations. It will take more time and resources but will ensure that all dangers are exposed.
An EICR test will include the inspector taking several electrical observations and will recommend each code, C1, C2, and C3. The observations are there to describe an omission within the electrical installation.
The Aim of the EICR
The EICR is intended to solve numerous problems that might affect your homes, here are the top aims:
- The EICR will record the results of the inspection to ensure the electrical installations in your homes are safe until the next inspection takes place, which is usually after 10 years.
- To expose any damaged wires that might put your home at risk to fires and unwanted problems.
- To identify any sockets or appliances that might lead to electrical shocks.
- To keep a record of the condition of the installations at that time of inspection, for future reference.
Hexo Services recommends you have an EICR conducted in your London home if you haven’t had an inspection in the last 10 years. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment, to have you’re safe to live in and abide by the latest UK electrical regulations.