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EICR testing is essential to keep the electrical wires and other components in optimal condition to ensure the property’s safety and compliance. Such an assessment requires qualified experts to thoroughly inspect the electrical system and detect potential flaws.
Con-Fused houses specialised electricians with vast experience in conducting electrical inspections. We provide guaranteed services both at commercial and residential levels and get the Electrical Safety Certificate in Essex issued once your system is found without defects.
Importance of EICR Testing
EICR testing provides you with the following advantages:
- It helps assess and identify any deteriorating or defective electrical systems and installation conditions.
- It demonstrates the regular maintenance of your property and enhances its value.
- It helps maintain your electrical systems and assists you in making insurance policy claims.
- It ensures legal compliance by presenting a complete record of all the checks performed during electrical systems inspection.
- It ensures that there are no over-loaded electrical circuits and equipment.
- It checks that earthing and bonding are in the right place.
- It identifies those components of electrical installation that are not meeting the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Wiring Regulations.
- It ensures people’s and property safety by avoiding any major incident due to faulty electrical systems.
- It also helps you save money by effectively identifying potential issues and rectifying them.
- It helps to make your electrical systems energy-efficient with reduced energy consumption.
According to the law, privately rented properties need an authentic EICR certificate from July 1st, 2020, which is required for getting new tenants and renewing the property’s documents. On the other hand, business owners are also obligated to get this certificate because they are legally responsible for protecting their staff members and customers from potential harm. It is not a legal requirement for private homeowners, but it is suggested to have an electrical safety certificate in Essex almost every ten years.
Process of EICR Testing
The services of EICR testing in Essex include the following steps:
- The first step is a visual inspection in which our experienced engineers check your electrical installations visually to explore the signs of wear and tear and visual damage.
- The second step is dead testing, which involves continuity testing, insulation resistance, and polarity testing for the EICR. This testing helps to identify poorly connected conductors, ensure the insulation material is intact, and check the proper sequence of connections.
- Live testing is done in the third step, which helps to identify if the system will perform appropriately in case of any fault in the supply line.
- In the fourth step, RCD testing is carried out to check those devices in the electrical system that help prevent fires.
Our company provides 24-hour call-out service in Essex carried out by our NICEIC-approved and fully insured team. We provide fast response and a 12-month warranty for the job. You can contact us to get an quote.
EICR testing report includes codes such as C1, C2, C3, and F1, each indicating its own meaning as follows:
- C1 (Danger present, Risk of injury, Immediate remedial actions needed)
- C2 (Potentially dangerous, Urgent remedial actions required)
- C3 (Improvement required)
- F1 (Further investigation required)
The validity of the EICR certificate varies with different properties; for instance, it lasts for 2-5 years for the workplace, 5 years for the rented properties, and 10 years for the private homeowners, after which it should be renewed.
The electrical safety certificate must be issued by a specialist and competent individual registered with accredited bodies in the UK, such as ELECSA, NAPIT, NICEIC, and STROMA.
The cost of an EICR certificate varies for commercial and domestic properties; the cost is usually higher for commercial properties because of enormous buildings and complex systems of electrical installations.
The duration of EICR testing depends on the property’s size and age, the power system’s complexity, the number of circuits, and potential issues found during the inspection. Usually, it takes 2 to 4 hours to inspect the electrical installations in an average-sized property.
There are many laws and regulations which are relevant to the EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) in the UK, which are as follows:
- Building regulations
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985