Electrical testing in Southend

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended.

It is a more detailed testing and inspection report than a VIR and will involve the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified during a VIR.

The purpose of an EICR (also known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.

If you haven’t had it done lately its really worth getting a quote. For the small cost you lay out the peace of mind is priceless!

What does an Electrical Installation Condition Report involve?

During an electrical inspection we carry out both visual checks and electrical tests.
Visual checks include looking at sockets and lights to check for damage or deterioration, checking the fuse box to see if it is in good condition and complies with safety regulations, looking at wiring and earthing.

Electrical tests involve putting an electrical current into a circuit to measure the resistance of the earthing, and to check the insulation of the wiring, we also check if the wires are the right way around (polarity) and if the RCD (Trip Switch) operates within the correct time and specifications.

We provide a full written PDF test report detailing our findings and this can be provided to your insurer and tenants if they require.

If we find anything that isn’t safe we will take photos which will be attached to the report so you know exactly what the problems are and we will provide a free itemised quote for fixing them.

For an electrical installation condition report in Essex please get in touch!

How often should I get my electrics tested?

In a normal house you should have them tested every 10 years. In a rental property your should have an electrical inspection every 5 years or on change of occupancy. This is now a legal requirement as of 1st June 2020. A property should also ideally be tested before being sold so that the buyers know the condition of the electrics.

Top Tip: For Landlords looking for more information on Periodic Inspection Reports and what they involve, please see “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020”

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