EICR Testing (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is a check on the safety of electrical installations within a property, including wiring, circuits, switches, and sockets. It is conducted by a fully qualified electrician using a range of test and measuring equipment to identify any faults, defects or non-compliance with safety standards.
As a homeowner, it is recommended that you have an EICR Testing carried out every 10 years to ensure the safety of your electrical system. This will also allow you to spot any potential issues that may need addressing, and can be more cost-effective than waiting for them to occur. If your electrics are showing signs of deterioration, this is another good reason to have an EICR test as this could lead to fires and other costly damage to your property.
If you are a landlord, then it is required by law to have an EICR test on all of your properties. This is in accordance with the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, and is to protect the health and safety of any tenants that you have in your buildings. It is also required if you are selling or purchasing a property, as mortgage lenders will require a copy of the EICR test before granting a loan.
A full EICR test is typically completed by a fully qualified electrician, who will conduct a visual inspection and use a variety of testing equipment to identify any potential problems. The results of the EICR test will be recorded in a comprehensive Electrical Installation Condition Report which will highlight any areas of concern and provide advice on how to rectify them. This will give you peace of mind that your property is safe to live or work in, and will help prevent accidents, injuries, or damage to your property.
Once the EICR test has been completed, you will receive a certificate detailing the result of the inspection. The report will outline any faults, defects or non-compliance found with the electrical system, and will be rated as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. This will give you a clear indication of the state of your electrical system, and if any remedial work is required, it will be easy for you to arrange this with your chosen electrical contractor. Once the EICR test has been completed, and any necessary remedial work has been undertaken, you will be issued with a satisfactory Electrical Installation Certificate to prove that your electrical system is safe for use.