FFIA property’s electrical safety is paramount, but worryingly it is too often overlooked by homeowners and even some landlords. An EICR test helps to ensure that your property’s electrical systems are safe and pose no danger to those living there. In this post, we explain an EICR test and how often it is needed.
What is an EICR Test?
EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. It involves an in-depth inspection of your property’s electrical systems and installation. EICR tests ensure the safety and condition of the electrical wiring in a property and, as such, are essential for all homeowners, landlords and tenants.
When an electrician carries out an EICR test and produces the report, they assess the competency of the electrics in your property. Where issues are found, there are three possible codes which exist:
- C1: this indicates that danger exists, there is a risk of injury, and immediate attention is required
- C2: this indicates that there is the potential for danger and advises urgent remedial action
- C3: this indicates that no danger is present but still recommends the improvement of the electrical system
- FI: Further Investigation Required: There’s an issue that needs further investigation to assess its potential impact on safety.
Why do you Need an EICR Test?
Electrical faults are responsible for half of all house fires in the UK. An EICR test can help reassure you that your electrical system is safe and poses no danger to you and your household. It is common for people to put up with reoccurring electrical faults, such as a particular switch not working. However, without the reassurance of an EICR test, there is always the chance that common faults are a symptom of a potentially dangerous underlying issue with the electrical system.
In addition to peace of mind, EICRs are sometimes necessary for compliance or insurance purposes. While many people neglect to read the fine print in their home insurance policy, it is commonly stated that the policy is invalidated without a valid EICR. This means that in the event of a fire due to an electrical fault, you would not be able to claim on your insurance if you had not had an EICR test done within a specified time frame prior to the incident.
Business owners and landlords are required to have an EICR test carried out regularly. Failure to do so or to take recommended remedial action may, in some cases, lead to financial penalties or prosecution.
When is an EICR Test Needed?
There are varying guidelines on when an EICR test is needed, depending on whether you are a homeowner, landlord or business owner.
In England, regulations require landlords to ensure that their properties are electrically safe. Landlords must have a periodic inspection by a qualified electrician and an EICR carried out at least every five years, with the proof being supplied to the tenant on request. It is also recommended that an EICR is carried out at any change of tenancy. Landlords of HMOs are also required to have an EICR every five years.
Like landlords, business owners should also have an EICR every five years.
For private homeowners, the recommendation is to get an EICR at least every ten years. However, if your property has a swimming pool, it is recommended that your electrics are tested annually. While these are the general guidelines, it is important to check the details of any relevant insurance policies in case it states that you require a valid EICR more frequently.
If you have not had an EICR test for a while, it’s time to book in and ensure your property is electrically safe. Depending on the size of your property, it could cost as little as £195 – a small price to pay for peace of mind that your property is safe. If you’d like to get booked in for an EICR, you can contact us here.
How Much Does an EICR Test Cost?
The cost of an EICR test is dependent on how many circuits are in the property. We charge £195 for up to 6 circuits and then charge £15 per additional circuit thereafter for domestic properties. You can tell how many circuits you have by counting the number of MCB blocks your consumer unit, as pictured below. If you have an older fuse board or are unsure, you can Whatsapp a picture of your unit to ☎️ 07868 787754 for a quote or you can submit an Enquiry Form on our Dashboard and our office staff will send a quote via email.
If you require an EICR for a commercial property, or business premises, please get in touch for a quote.