10 Jan What is an EICR?
An EICR – or Electrical Installation Condition Report – is an official document produced following a full inspection of the electrical systems and installations in your home or workplace.
As part of the periodic inspection process, qualified electricians will check whether your electrics are well-maintained and, more importantly, safe.
Once your premises have fully passed all the checks and any urgent remedial work has been carried out, you will be presented with a certificate of safety, offering peace of mind for you – and your insurance company.
As well as reassuring you about the safety of your electrics, an EICR test will also provide a valuable insight into the condition, function and efficiency of your electrical systems.
Any faults found within the system will be listed in the report, including the reason for the failure, and graded in terms of their severity.
Several issues can be revealed through an EICR test, including:
- Any problems with circuits or equipment that could overload or overheat a system
- Electric shock risks and fire hazards
- Potential safety issues with bonding or earthing of electrical installations and equipment
- Any hazardous faults or potential faults
Any faults found will be graded in terms of their severity, using the following codes:
C1 – Danger is present, risk of injury is likely and IMMEDIATE action is required
C2 – Potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently
C3 – Improvement to your electrical system is recommended but not required. This is the only grading that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.
As well as identifying and rectifying any potentially dangerous faults, an EICR can highlight areas of deterioration that could be impacting your overall energy consumption.
Our specially-trained electricians can advise you about lighting and energy improvements that will both reduce your carbon footprint and save you money in the long term.
Contact one of our advisors now to find out more.