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Electrical Safety Checks

24-09-2019

All electrical installations, over time, will deteriorate naturally.

Much like an MOT for cars it is important that you ensure you carry out checks on the condition of the electrics in your home at regular intervals. This will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement and will ensure the continued operation of the installation in a safe and effective manner.

With the days getting shorter and the long cold nights starting to draw in, the electrical demands within our property will increase. In preperation, now is a very good time to have the condition of your electrical installation checked.  

There are two kinds of checks that can be carried out, a visual inspection or an electrical installation condition report (EICR).

A visual inspection is a basic check to identify any visible signs of defects, damage or deterioration. No circuit testing will be undertaken, so your electricity will likely remain on during the inspection. Our electrician will need to be given access to all of the rooms in your home. The report will typically take around 2 hours to

complete depending on the size of the property. Notes will be taken by the electrician as part of the visual inspection and a Visual Inspection Report (VIR) will be issued to the home owner at the end. The Visual Inspection report will record a number of observations and recommendations and provide an overall summary of the condition of the installation.

 

Typically you can expect the following things to be looked at during a visual inspection. The consumer unit, a sample of sockets, switches & light fittings; Exposed cabling, earthing and bonding, signs of wear and tear, signs of burning or scorching and provisions for RCD protection.

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended. It is a more detailed report than a VIR and will involve the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified during a VIR.

The purpose of an EICR (also known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Homeowners often ask for, or obtain a condition report as part of a house sale. Similarly, landlords with an increasing awareness of their electrical safety obligations undertake regular periodic inspections in relation to their rental properties. It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every ten years (five for privately rented properties) or when there is a change of occupancy in a dwelling.

Typically an EICR will take around 4-6 hours to complete, depending on the size of a property and the number of circuits requiring testing.

Only approved electricians should carry out an EICR. A registered and qualified electrician will check the condition of the electrics against the current BS7671 Electrical regulations.

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