ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT
An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. It is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician or approved contractor.
One of the more common reasons an EICR is requested is in rented accommodation where an EICR is the most straightforward and least time consuming method of proving an electrical installation is safe.
An EICR is also recommended in all domestic homes every 10 years to check the condition of the electrical installation and ensure there is no deterioration, however there may be reasons why an EICR would need to be done more often.
During an EICR, an electrician may make a number of electrical observations and will give each one a recommendation code. The observations describe a defect or omission within the electrical installation. The electricians will code each observation according to the level of severity.
Does the power have to be turned off when carrying out an EICR?
EICR testing involves both live (power on) and dead (power off) tests. Most of the testing is carried out while your electrical system is live. However, to carry out some tests, the power needs to be turned off.
As long as they are clearly labelled, circuits can be powered off individually, meaning there will be less disruption in your building.
What Will the EICR Report Show?
Code 1 (C1): Danger present. Risk of injury. The electrical inspector may make any C1 hazards safe before leaving the property.
Code 2 (C2): Potentially dangerous. Further Investigation (FI) required without delay.
Code 3 (C3): Improvement recommended. Further remedial work is not required for the report to be deemed satisfactory.
How much does an EICR Cost?
EICR rates depend on a variety of factors and are not fixed. Generally, cost will change depending on the following:
Location – while prices are competitive throughout the UK, anywhere without a local electrician will incur higher call out rates.
Property age – Older properties tend to be more difficult to maintain, requiring longer and more extensive testing.
Property size – Larger properties naturally take longer to test, potentially prolonging an investigation.
Inspection duration – Additional actions or remedial works can incur higher expenses.
DID YOU KNOW?
18% of domestic fires in England are caused by faulty wiring and cabling, so it is vital to make sure all electrical installations are safe to use. An EICR is the most comprehensive way of keeping your installations safe.
What is PAT testing?Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing is the process of checking electrical appliances for safety through a series of visual inspections and electronic tests. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.
Why do I need PAT testing?A PAT test is a routine inspection of some types of electrical appliance to check they are safe to use. Its purpose is to prevent electrical accidents in the workplace. A full PAT test should include both a visual inspection and a more in-depth check using specialist PAT testing equipment.
Who needs to do PAT testing?PAT testing is suitable for businesses, landlords, and homeowners who possess electrical equipment that is regularly used or moved around outdoors and indoors. PAT testing is also essential for organizations that place a high value on safety, such as schools, hospitals, and offices. By carrying out regular PAT testing, you can prevent electrical accidents, reduce the risk of damage or fire, and comply with health and safety regulations. Our aim at Lavender Electrical is to ensure that all your appliances are safe and comply with current legal standards, giving you peace of mind and saving you time and money in the long run.
How does PAT testing ensure the safety of electrical equipment?Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the process of testing electrical equipment to ensure that it is safe for use. This involves visual inspections of the equipment and electrical tests to determine if there are any faults or potential hazards. By performing PAT testing, Lavender Electrical can identify any issues and take appropriate action to prevent electrical accidents and injuries. This ensures that customers can use their electrical equipment with confidence and reduces the risk of damage or harm caused by faulty electrical devices. Additionally, PAT testing is required under UK law for businesses that supply electrical equipment to customers or employees. At Lavender Electrical, we believe in providing trustworthy and reliable services to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our customers.
Do small businesses need PAT testing?It is up to the individual business to decide how to achieve and demonstrate their equipment is in a safe condition. However, PAT testing has been developed to cover all facets of electrical appliance safety and is therefore the ideal option to make sure your devices do not pose any dangers to their users.
What items don't need PAT testing?Battery-operated equipment and cordless equipment (for example, power tools) do not need PAT testing, as they are not powered by mains electricity. However, any battery chargers that power the equipment would need testing as these plug into the wall and charge the equipment.
How often do you need PAT testing?The frequency of PAT testing depends on the type of appliance and its usage. Generally, appliances used in commercial or public settings need to be tested more often than those used in a domestic setting. Lavender Electrical recommends that PAT testing is carried out every 12 months for commercial and public settings and every 2 years for domestic settings. However, it is essential to note that the usage and environment of the appliance can affect the frequency of testing, and it's best to consult with a professional electrician to determine more precisely how often your appliances require testing. Lavender Electrical offers a comprehensive PAT testing service, ensuring you comply with the necessary legal requirements and guaranteeing safe usage of your electrical appliances.
How long does it take to complete PAT testing?The duration of PAT testing with Lavender Electrical depends on the number of appliances that require testing and the complexity of the equipment. Small to medium-sized companies with a few electrical appliances can expect it to take between 1-2 hours whereas larger businesses with many appliances could see testing time take a full day or more. It may also take longer when our technicians find faults that require repairs before the equipment is safe to use. However, at Lavender Electrical, we understand the importance of minimal disruption to our clients' businesses, and we strive to complete our services as quickly and effectively as possible to minimize downtime. Our team of qualified and experienced technicians will work efficiently to ensure that your business remains operational while also keeping everyone safe. If you have any concerns or wish to learn more about the PAT testing process, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to address any questions.