Electrical Condition Reports - South West London
Electrical Inspections & Testing
Periodic Electrical Condition Reports & inspections & testing, also known as EICR or an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR), is a full inspection of your South West London property’s electrical accessories and circuitry. Across South West London we inspect a property’s supply right through to the lights or sockets and we test the condition of all cabling in between.
A full electrical installation test will establish whether your home has any electrical faults that are unidentifiable with a simple visual check. Undiscovered faults can occur over time, such as electrical circuits overheating or becoming overloaded due to excessive demand or use. If an electrical circuit has not installed properly for example, twisted cables, pinched or damaged cabling, incorrect size of cables, installed without correct earth bonding or main earthing to – it could potentially lead to a fire or electric shock.
Periodic testing via Electrical Condition Reports will pinpoint any defective electrical work in your home’s system. We will also been also to determine the estimated lifespan of your circuits.
Unlike businesses and landlords, homeowners aren’t required by law to conduct a periodic electrical test, although it is sometimes requested as part of the buying or selling of properties. It’s also good practice to regularly check the safety of your home’s electrics, similar to how you would service a boiler or a car. Who doesn’t want that peace of mind of knowing there property isn’t going to catch fire or electrocute someone? Get a report done, sleep easy.
How Often Should I Test My Electrics?
Like anything, electrical installations in the home deteriorate over time with age and general wear and tear. This is why electrical tests should be carried on an interval basis on your South West London home.
The interval period of Inspections and Testing should have been set by the designer of the existing installation and so you should find a sticker or label on the fuse box or consumer unit with this information present and in date, The interval period can also be found on your most recent Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC). If you don’t have either an interval sticker or EIC we recommend you get your a EICR for your home, give us a call and we will be happy to assist.
British Standard BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) advises that homeowners, landlords and businesses test at the following intervals:
- Homeowners – an electrical test is required once every ten years. If there’s a swimming pool on your property, that should be tested every one year.
- Businesses – employers should have a periodic report completed every five years.
- Landlords – it is recommended that landlords test their properties once every five years, or at every change of tenancy.
Note: It has been known in the past to void building insurance pay-outs for properties without present & up-to-date electrical certificates.
What Do Periodic Electrical Condition Reports Involve?
Condition Reports are broken down into two parts;
The initial verification and inspection
The testing sequence of all circuitry and points on circuits.
We can also carry out a visual check of your property, providing you with a short report of findings and how safe a property is.
A visual check will look for damaged light switches and sockets, broken cables, enclosures and signs of burning or water presence and also results from the overloading of the power outlets. We will also inspect the residual current device (RCD) for the circuits, and make sure that circuits that operate gardens and bathroom power is protected by an RCD. These visual checks should be carried out at regular intervals between the more thorough periodic inspections.
Once all risks and hazards are rectified the testing of all circuitry and wiring will commence.
When a periodic test is completed, you’ll be given a certificate. This is an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR). The report will outline any deterioration, damage, defects or other dangerous aspects of your electrical system, plus anything that isn’t aligned with current safety standards or could place people at risk.
If a periodic test comes back negative, the EICR will be recorded as “unsatisfactory”, indicating that work is required immediately to remove the risk to anyone who is living or working in the property. The report will also show which electrical system(s) failed the periodic test. Any required work is classified using specific codes:
- C1 – this means ‘danger is present’, there is a likely risk of injury and action is required immediately (before a certificate can be issued)
- C2 – potentially dangerous with remedial action needed urgently (before a certificate can be issued)
- C3 – improvements to your electrical system are recommended. This is the only code that can appear on an EICR and still pass the test.
When your electrical system has fully passed the periodic inspection and any urgent remedial work is complete, you will be supplied with an EICR Certificate of Safety. It is a good idea to provide a copy of this to your buildings insurer and always retained the original certificate for yourself for future reference.
How much do EICR cost?
The cost of these reports can vary a little depending on the size of the property, accessibility of electrical equipment, whether previous certificates are available and age of installation.
Generally on average around £310.00 inc VAT, but again comes down to time spent at a property, it could be cheaper:
- Inspection side of the report will cost around – £135.00 inc VAT (price guide only)
- Then if C1 & C2 codes are discovered these will need addressing – £dependant on requirement
- Testing & Certification of installation – £185.00 inc VAT (price guide only)