I am qualified to carry out EICR Testing and issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report which can be used for a variety of uses. I cover all West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Bucks, Berks, Surrey and Greater London and some surrounding areas. I do sometimes go further out depending on how much the order value is.
I cover London on alternate weekends and if I'm not working on the weekend you need me, I have a very good friend who you can use. We used to work together and he's a really good, honest guy. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.
What Is An EICR?
EICR is short for an Electrical Installation Condition Report. EICR Testing involves a competent electrician undertaking tests and inspections to produce a report to establish the overall 'condition' of a property. The report is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory and defects and issues, if any, will be listed. The EICR was previously called a periodic inspection report.
Do You Need An EICR?
I am usually asked to carry out an EICR for the following reasons:
- certifying a rental property
- certifying a commercial property such as a shop or office
- certifying a domestic property where the homeowner wants peace of mind that his/her electrical installation is safe
Please note, if your electrical installation is new then you require an electrical installation certificate. There are also special rules if you have a HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) which may mean you require an Emergency Lighting Certificate.
Every electrical installation deteriorates over time and continued use. It is important that the person who is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the electrical installation is sure that user is safe and not put at any risk. The installation should remain safe and in a serviceable condition.
What Does EICR Testing Involve?
Your competent electrician will check the installation against the requirements of BS7671 – The Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations) – this is the British Standard to which electrical safety is measured across the country and is updated when deemed necessary.
The electrician will take into account the age and circumstances of the installation and check the following:
- whether the installation is adequately earthed
- whether the installation is adequately bonded
- whether switchgear and controls are suitable
- whether serviceability of equipment is adequate
- the type of wiring and it's condition
- the provision of RCD's for socket outlets which can be used to plug in equipment for outdoor use
- the presence of suitable notices and identification
- wear and tear, damage, deterioration and signs of overheating
Who Can Produce An EICR Report?
Insurers always ask that you use a relevant, accredited and competent electrician. Any electrician you use should hold the City and Guilds 2391 in Inspection, Testing and Verification which enables them to register with NICEIC (the UK governing body for competent electricians).
What Does An EICR Certificate Look Like?
Please see here.
What Does An EICR Cost?
Prices for the rest of my services are here.
Electrical Installation Condition Report
Electrical Installation Condition Report is the full name for an EICR.
How Long Does a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report Last?
How Long Does a Commercial Electrical Installation Condition Report Last?
All commercial premises should be tested every 5 years except for the following:
Industrial premises – 3 years
Cinemas – 1 year
Leisure complexes – 1 year
Theaters – 1 year
Agricultural or horticultural – 3 years
Caravan sites – 1 year