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Electrical installation condition reports- Explained!!
What are Electrical safety certificates?
Basically an electrical safety certificate is better known as an Electrical Installation condition report (EICR) which also used to be called a periodic inspection. Confusing i know!!
An EICR is a report not a certificate, it is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by a Part P Registered Electrician who has a good working knowledge and experience of electrical installations.
Why do i require an EICR?
There are a number of reasons why a householder might request an EICR. They are:
How long does an EICR last?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report is recommended every 10 years for domestic property to check the condition of the electrical installation to ensure there is no deterioration, however there are reasons why it might be done more often:
What happens during a EICR?
An Approved electrician will come out to the property and carry out a visual check on no less than 10% of the electrical accessories (switches/sockets/ lights etc). They will record any observations they find, the observations will be categorized into three categories:
Code 1 – There is danger present, risk of injury and immediate work is required
Code 2 – There is potential danger present, risk of injury and immediate remedial action required
Code 3 – Improvement recommended
They also carry out a full test on the electrical installation and record there results. Your report is then summarized taking into account all the results and observations made and the report will state whether your electrical installation is unsatisfactory or satisfactory.
What if my EICR is UNSATISFACTORY?
If you have an unsatisfactory reading, it indicates that your electrical installation has Code 1 and code 2 faults that need rectifying. Normally speaking the electrician who carried out the EICR will provide you with a quotation along with the report to fix any C1 and C2 faults. However, the report is written in such a way that you have the option to take the report to another electrician to get another quote.
How much is an EICR?
Normally an Electrical Installation Condition Report is roughly £120 -£180 depending on the size of house and how many circuits.
What North East Electrical OFFER
If you require Electrical safety certificates in the North East or Newcastle then just let us know and we would happily give you some advice and provide you with a quote.