An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an important test which thoroughly examines electrical installation systems. It must be undertaken by a qualified engineer because it’s mostly an inspection of what can’t be seen by the naked eye. The engineer will need sufficient training in order to not only perform the test safely but also to be able to identify any potential danger in the internal electrical wiring system.
EICR tests are especially important to business owners and landlords. This is because they are directly responsible for anyone on their property. It’s not clear what happens during the test so it’s difficult to know why it’s so important. This blog is going to give a step-by-step description of the process. It provides information on the test and explains why the engineer is specifically looking for.
The qualified engineer will be assessing the overall build quality, performance and safety of an electrical installation. They will be looking out especially for any deterioration or defects.
The first stage of the test is usually a visual assessment. Equipment will be inspected to see if anything is clearly in need of repair or replacement. There might be breaks or cracks in appliances. There also may be obvious signs of overheating in which case the equipment will need replacing.
Next, the qualified engineer will have to disconnect the electrical installation from the mains power supply. Certain components will undergo dead testing in order to identify any wires which are inadequately connected.
There will also be live testing. These include a precautionary test to check that if there does happen to be a fault in the system, it will disconnect within the time limit. This test in particular highlights one of the most important reasons for EICR tests. It checks if components are in the right condition to work as intended in the future.
The qualified engineer will also check whether the quality of the earthing and bonding is sufficient and whether the control gear is suitable. If it’s old, worn or made from a material which is likely to deteriorate after continued use, it will probably need replacing. There will also be a further examination of the following equipment: switches, sockets, power outlets, light fittings and any sockets which are installed into skirting boards.
Once the test has been completed, the approved contractor will provide the owner with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). This is an important report which, while it’s not a legal requirement, has become a standard requirement for landlords and business owners. It will contain organised and detailed feedback on the condition of your electrical installation, and will either be classified as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
In Scotland, it is the law for landlords to regularly undertake EICR tests on their property. This is because of the importance of guaranteeing the safety of their tenants from electrical accidents. While it’s not yet the law in the UK, many landlords are bound by legal requirements in their contracts. Many of them state that they are responsible for electrical safety on their premises.
When it comes to the condition of electrical equipment, it’s better to be safe and eliminate all risks. When performed by a qualified engineer, the EICR test is so extensive and meticulous that you can have peace of mind about the safety of electronics in your property.
Here at PSS Installations, we are NICEIC approved contractors. This means we are experienced and qualified engineers well-practised in undertaking EICR tests on all kinds of establishments. To get a quote for your property, feel free to contact us and speak to a member of our team.