Fixed Wire Inspection and Testing (EICR)
Fixed wiring needs to be tested periodically. AKD are NICEIC and SELECT approved Building Standards Certifiers of Construction.
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition. It is recommended in BS7671:2008 as amended (Regulation 135.1) that every electrical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports are the replacement for the periodic inspection and testing reports on the fixed wiring aspect of an electrical installation.
Purpose of periodic inspection, testing and reporting…
- Safety of persons against the effects of electric shock and burns
- Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect
- Confirmation that an installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety.
- Identification of non-compliances with the current edition of BS7671, or installation defects, which may give rise to danger.
Who needs an EICR? (Every property should have its electrical installation tested periodically)
- Commercial building
- Industrial buildings
- Residential properties
- Landlords (commercial and private)
- Landlord’s agents
- Letting agents
- Property managers
Do I need an EICR?
You may need a report to find out the condition of an Electrical installation upon…
- Change of tenancy (or ownership)
- Flood or fire damage
- If you are unsure if or when it was tested
- Buying a property
- Selling a property
- Periodically (re-certification date at the discretion of the testing electrician subject to condition, nature of use, etc.)
- Re-certification – the end of the period recommended in a previous electrical certificate.
The six main aims of a condition report are to:
- Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection
- Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it.
- Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IEE Wiring Regulations
- Advise of any work needed to make it safe or bring it up to relevant standards
- Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures, which can lead to deaths, burns, fires and other injuries
- Provide an important record of the installation at the time of the inspection
What AKD will do for you:
- Inspect AND test the fixed wiring of the installation
- Reveal if electrical circuits are being overloaded,
- Find potential hazards within the electrical installation,
- Identify defective DIY work,
- Highlight any lack of earth conductor or earth bonding
- Check fuse or circuit breaker ratings
- Test the RCD’s to make sure they trip under fault conditions.
The inspection and testing electrician will establish the overall condition of all the electric installation and tell you whether it is satisfactory for continued use as well as detail any work that might need to be done. This remedial work will be graded upon importance.
The procedures test an electrical installation in a building from the main incoming power all the way to the final circuits that could include lighting, power and appliances, a schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property regardless of size.
As a SELECT and NICEIC approved and audited contractor AKD is committed to providing an unbiased report of the condition of any installation we work on.
AKD will recommend any remedial works that are required and will happily provide a quotation to carry these out after discussion and consultation with you our client.