As experienced electricians, we are often asked about Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs). Landlords, tenants and homeowners are sometimes unsure about whether they need one of these reports. In this blog we take a look at what an EICR is, and who might benefit from one.
So – what is an EICR?
EICR stands for ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’ . This is an official report that is produced following the review and assessment of the electrical installation within a property.
Who can issue an EICR?
EICRs can only be issued by qualified electricians or contractors. The best way to check that an electrician is suitably qualified is to select one who belongs to an official registration body such as NAPIT (National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers). Using an electrician who belongs to an approved body means that you can be reassured that they have been checked to have the proper skills, training and qualifications to carry out assessments and to issue EICRs. You should always ask your electrician to prove registration before they do any work for you.
Who needs an EICR?
EICRs are most commonly issued following inspections of rented properties, so a landlord can demonstrate to tenants that the electrical installation in a property is safe and has been checked. Multiple occupation homes (HMO)s must be inspected every 5 years and it is recommended that the electrics in rented properties are checked every 5 years as well.
It is also recommended that homeowners check their electrics every ten years to make sure that they are efficient and safe. It is also a sensible approach to carry out an inspection and receive an EICR when moving into a new house.
What does an EICR cover?
The objective of the EICR is to check that electrics comply with the British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671). An EICR will address all of the electrical aspects of a property and your electrician will inspect each one and include information on it in the report. This will include:
- The consumer unit
- All electrical fittings including light fittings and sockets
- Fixed electrical items such as boilers, heaters and anything else that is hard wired into the system – such as smoke detectors
The inspection looks at fire and shock hazards, overloaded systems, any defective electrical work and will also highlight lack of earthing or bonding in any part of the system.
What’s on the EICR?
The report will clearly identify the address of your property and when the inspection was carried out, along with the details and professional accreditations of your electrician.
The EICR will contain an overview of all items which have been inspected and will code them in the following way:
- C1 – aspects that require urgent attention
- C2 – Requires improvement
- C3 – Requires further investigation
- C4 – Does not comply with current British standard BS7671 (but is potentially not dangerous)
When you have received an EICR, you should discuss this in detail with your electrician who will be able to recommend the appropriate remedial actions.
What are the benefits of an EICR?
Whatever your circumstance, an EICR provides the peace of mind that your electrics have been inspected and any problems highlighted – so you can fix any issues.
If you are interested in obtaining an EICR for your property, GW Electrical Services are NAPIT registered and available to help. Take a look at our Electrical Installation Condition Reports EICR page – or contact GW Electrical for more information.